Berkley Presents: The Mother Code

Title:  The Mother Code
Author:  Carole Stiver
Format:  eARC
Length:  352 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Expected Date Of Publication:  8/25/20\
Rating:  5 Stars

What it means to be human-and a mother-is put to the test in Carole Stivers' debut novel set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever.

The year is 2049. When a deadly non-viral agent intended for biowarfare spreads out of control, scientists must scramble to ensure the survival of the human race. They turn to their last resort, a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots--to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order--an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right--the Mother Code. 

Kai is born in America's desert southwest, his only companion his robot Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. But as children like Kai come of age, their Mothers transform too--in ways that were never predicted. When government survivors decide that the Mothers must be destroyed, Kai must make a choice. Will he break the bond he shares with Rho-Z? Or will he fight to save the only parent he has ever known?

In a future that could be our own, The Mother Code explores what truly makes us human--and the tenuous nature of the boundaries between us and the machines we create.

Please enjoy this exclusive excerpt from
The Mother Code
Carole Stivers

My Thoughts
All I can say about Carole Stivers' The Mother Code is a truly heartfelt WOW!
This book is an amazing and somewhat mind-binding look into what could very well be our not to distant future.
The bio-weapon.
The mistakes.
The cover-up
The solution
So many parts of a very complex human puzzle.
That of the continuation of the human species.  Against all odds. And in the face of sure extinction.
If not for one key factor.  The technology of a mother. Programmed into machines.  Machines built to protect.  Machines built to nurture.  Machines built to endure.

The the seamless blending of  technology and the human experience is the key to this story.  Gone are the days when technology is simply there to make the human experience convenient.  This book speaks of a time when technology combined with the capacity to learn, adapt and understand.  Serves as the saving grace for the continuation of human life.

Told in points of view that shift from pre-epidemic to post.  Readers come to understand both the reasons that precipitated the creation of the Mothers.  As well as the motives, lives, failings and successes of the small group of people bearing that knowledge and responsibility.

But the key element that really serves to bring all of the others together.  And give the story is purpose is.  The children.
Each as unique in his or her personhoood as the robot mother programmed to rear them.
They are the ones through whom the world after the pandemic is realized.  Both for the reader and for themselves.
They become everything.
Their experiences, hope, dreams fears, more precious to the reader than gold.
This book serves as a modern day Noah's Ark.
A most harrowing, yet hopeful glimpse at what it could really mean to begin again.

About Carol

Carole Stivers
Carole Stivers is a Silicon Valley biochemist whose "home genre" is science fiction. Her near-future science fiction novel The Mother Code is on track for publication by Berkley Books (Penguin Random House) in May 2020. It has already been sold in countries around the world, including the UK, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, and Brazil. And, it was recently optioned for film by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

In addition to her passion for science fiction, Carole has been a life-long fan of mystery—starting as a child reading Nancy Drew, graduating to Agatha Christie and "Ellery Queen," and later to John Grisham and Scott Turow. "A good mystery is not too far a cry from a good work of science fiction. Both deal with intricate human relationships, strained by extraordinary circumstances," Stivers says. "And if the mystery includes a twist of science, all the better!"

Yearly visits to the California coast's many monarch butterfly refuges, coupled with multiple trips to New Orleans before and after Katrina, suggested the perfect plot and setting for her mystery story The Butterfly Garden, a tale of clashing social values and long-simmering animosities, stirred in the wake of a devastating storm.
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