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Friday, February 6, 2009

Desert Eden by J.M. Morgan

Desert Eden by Jill Morgan



ISBN: 1-55817-542-3

PINNACLE BOOKS (September 1991)

Desert Eden Trilogy


1997. A team of five men and five women enter the sealed dome of Biosphere Seven, a living laboratory on the high Texas desert. Their mission - and their dream - is to spend the next two years in the self-sufficient ecosystem laying a blueprint for the ecological salvation of the Earth.

Suddenly, the future is beyond anyone's control. A man-made bioweapon has wiped the globe virtually clean of life, leaving the scientists of Biosphere Seven all that remain of the once - and future - human race.

Jessica Nathan - As team leader, it is up to her to make the most difficult decisions... and the most impossible choices.

Quinn Kelsey - A computer genius with a passion for saving the planet, he's both a rebel and a dreamer. He can also save Jessica... if she'll let him.

Maggie Adair - While the others see the dome as a sealed tomb, she has found a sanctuary. For the first time she feels safe and loved, and she'll do anything to stay that way.

Josiah Gray Wolf - His heritage has given him a special appreciation for man's obligation to nature. He alone will risk everything to discover the truth they all seek about what lies outside the Biosphere.

Within the walls of glass and steel, a new world must be born...

My Opinion Is...
I loved it. Okay, show's over. Oh, it's not? Okay. A real review.. Hmm...

I was under the impression that this book was going to focus only on the ten people inside Biosphere Seven. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. Throughout the book you were taken to different situations in and out of Biosphere Seven.

The book begins on Christmas Eve of 1997. It starts with this 'fat cat' type and you find out that he's the reason that six of these biospheres were built. In one of the biospheres, a team was working on something that unfortunately turned out to be the biggest mistake ever.

You have the usual reactions. Some of the people inside Biosphere Seven feel trapped and isolated knowing the air outside the dome is contaminated with this virus. Some people sought comfort with each other and ended up creating new lives... and some lives were lost through certain situations. They even come to an agreement to send one of their own out into the world! People who were untouched by the virus or survived it had all shared the same question - why where they spared?

Throughout the book, you also follow a thread of another survivor named John Katelo who has a companion, a Samoyed, named Kip. A couple of survivors cross his path and that was a very interesting story itself. While he did play a tiny part near the very beginning, this thread doesn't mingle with the main story at all. I believe this thread will unfold in the second book, "BEYOND EDEN".

Towards the end of the book, one survivor seems to go on some spiritual journey and gives himself a title. I don't know if this is good or bad but for me, it feels like it's going to grow into something very creepy for the second book.

I thought I'd share this link I found: Jill Morgan

It's an essay by a student who had several interviews with Jill Morgan - in case anyone wants to know more about the author.

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