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I first read this on the 27th November 2002.
Zoe Fisher has been genetically engineered to survive, to
flourish, on the world of Isis, a world that is extremely toxic to normal humans.
Her modified body includes an artificial gland that monitors and balances her body,
levelling mood, sustaining alertness and banishing fatigue. However, her
doctor, in an act of intended kindness, has destroyed this organ leaving Zoe
increasingly subject to disconcerting emotional swings.
In particular her newfound emotional instability is weakening her loyalty to
her mentor Avrion Theophilus. It is allowing her to feel rather more strongly
than she would like for the politically unreliable Tam Hayes
As the human outposts collapse one by one under the onslaught from the Isis
ecology, Zoe begins to explore her new environment.
I enjoyed this. I enjoyed the alien environment and technology used to
subdue it. I particularly enjoyed the politics of the home world and
their influence on the lives of the Isis colonists.
This was good SF - much better than "A Hidden Place". The downside is
that I'd be happier reading more about the worlds of 'Devices & Personnel' and
the 'Works Trust' rather than Zoe herself.
Loaded on the 1st June 2003.