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Echoes of Savanna (Parent Generation)

by Lucinda Moebius

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Graduated high school at age 12, medical school at 19 and no one believed that Savanna Taylor was a doctor. Sometimes, she was a bit taken back herself, but with a very high IQ, she was used to it. She wasn’t used to the smallpox pandemic she encountered in Arizona and still held herself in stride and did all she could.
She impressed the Chief of the Navajo clan there, Chief Etu and he came to think of her as a daughter. His own children and grandchildren had problems of their own and Savanna was a gem compared to some of them - especially Kia the problem child of them all. Kia had been raped and now was pregnant.
In the 2030s, Savanna and her father were somewhat celebrities in the gene transplanting field. Kia wants her embryo harvested but will only allow it to be transplanted into one person – Savanna. After careful thought, Savanna agrees and becomes the mother of a beautiful child she names Bly but who is known as Raven for her black shock of hair. Raven is wonderful, generically perfect (thanks to Mom’s experiments) but profoundly deaf. Supported by a group of friends, Savanna travels north to Idaho to help her father at the home for women he created called Haven. When she arrives, he has been murdered.
Echoes of Savanna was an interesting tale to read. Some of it was a bit jagged and didn’t seem to flow well but most was great! It was a testament to what happens when you make “babies to order” and how technology came not only help us but hinder. Not one of my favorites of 2011 but you may truly enjoy it. ( )
  macygma | Sep 22, 2011 |
This book starts out by throwing you right into the action. We meet Savanna as she is coming to work at an emergency clinic that has had a huge influx of smallpox victims. A disease that the world thought it had eradicated.

Savanna's DNA was altered by her father, a geneticist. He has worked on creating babies for years because of the infertility that the world is experiencing. The population is actually declining. He has created a facility known as Haven that reaches out to (mainly) women and children who have addictions, been abused, need some sort of help. Haven is completely self-contained - food, water, resources - all grown or obtained on the property. You even have to go through special sanitizing showers upon entering and "containerize" all outside belongings until it is time for you to leave.

Savanna is only working outside of Haven until she feels she has enough experience to go take over for her father. This time comes too soon and the responsibility is thrust upon her.

This book was good in creating the world as it could be in 2036. There is much dissension among the population due to governmental control. Much of the population is left homeless, hungry and without health insurance due to refusing to have a microchip implanted in them with all of their personal information.

Savanna doesn't experience much of this first hand as she lives in her self-contained bubble at Haven. The outside world starts to infringe on Haven as transients become more desperate in their search for food. Savanna and her family are separated because of the situation that seems to be escalating every day.

Savanna is only nineteen when the book starts - and as we know she is a genius because she is already a doctor - she is still only nineteen, a teenager. She seemed too mature for a nineteen-year-old though. I never felt that she was that young. The book covers the first 10-12 years fairly slowly with lots of detail and many different things happening both to Savanna and the world, but then all of sudden the next 5-6 years are jumped through and the book ends. It just seemed like the ending was rushed, especially since this is just the first book in the series. That would probably be my only criticism. I definitely want to know what else could possibly happen in the next book.

Read more: http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2011/06/echoes-of-savanna-by-lucinda-moe... ( )
  kherbrand | Jun 30, 2011 |
Sci-Fi is NOT my normal genre. I tend to often steer clear of them. But, something about this book REALLY called to me. Whether it was the medical aspect, or the idea of this being futuristic, I don't know, but it truly called to me, and I am so pleased to have reviewed it. Lucinda Moebius's style is captivating and instantly drew me into this story.

The characters were all interesting but Savanna's is the one that really stuck out for me. She was a 19 year old doctor...yes, you heard me correctly. She graduated high school at just 12 years old, and became a doctor, like her father before her, at the young age of 19. So, when a terrible out break of what some think is small pox, in an Arizona territory in 2036, she's the CDC doctor assigned to the case. But, it's not what she expected when everyone thinks that SHE'S the nursing assistant and NOT the doctor. I really felt bad for her sometimes when people would ask her if she was the nurse. Hello?! She's a DOCTOR! I really liked her personality and professionalism in this story.

Savanna has to prove herself as time runs out. She's on the hunt for what's causing this outbreak all over, and why the vaccines and medicines DON'T work. She alters the medicines and tries to come up with something will work to help this terrible and deadly pandemic outbreak. What's causing all this? Is it terrorists? Can Savanna find the cure?

I really loved it. I truly did. I was surprised at how well the novel was written and the flow of the story. It's a rather far spread span of events, but it is easy to see where this world could be in 20 or 30 years. This is no doubt a book that I recommend with 5 stars and flying colors. It's a clean book, and it would be awesome for those younger teenage readers as well. Very well written and captivating characters! Great job, Lucinda! ( )
  ReviewsbyMolly | Jun 11, 2011 |
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