Sheri S. Tepper
Harper Voyager, 2014.
Based on Fish Tails I don’t know why.
Tepper’s 35th novel is a hamfisted, didactic novel that bridges her recent “Plague of Angels” series with the “True Game” novels that kicked off her career over 30 years ago. It follows Abasio and Xulai from the “Plague of Angels” series through preachy episodes highlighting the descent of man into cruel misogyny. The couple are like Noah, preparing for an inevitable flood that will destroy the earth, and mankind if it doesn’t evolve. Their children have already grown fins, now they are attempting to convince others to follow them into the sea.
I consider myself an environmentalist and a feminist and I found this book so over-the-top I was almost offended — it didn’t attempt to persuade, it bludgeoned. If this is the summation of her career I have no interest in exploring further.