The X-Variant by Rosemary Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4.5 Cranky Stars ****
In the year 2079 scientists developed a viral strain intended to heal cancer but it ends up being used as a weapon instead which turns into an international pandemic which almost wipes out the human race.
600 years down the line the descendants of these humans have learned to lead a symbiotic life with this virus which has evolved to be beneficial to them. Known as the Unathi, they are all test tube babies, there are no pregnancies, couples become care parents. There is little disease as each person has a symbiont being living in them who heals them, they do not have cell phones or computers, they communicate with each other as well as the community at large via personal drones and the dronet.
They are human but they also aren't. They are complacent in this ideal life when without warning the virus again mutates and the Unathi are almost wiped out.
Kala and her two bond-mates are among a group of young people who volunteer to time travel back to 2076 to change the past and save humanity.
Initially I found it hard to connect with Kala as a "person" although I found the story riveting from the word go, it was a bit clinical and documentary like, however as the story unfolded, Kala became real to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and award it 4.5 stars
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