Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.
BONUS AUDIO: Author Robert J. Sawyer reveals the "secret history" of The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.
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Overall a let down
So as this is the final in the Hybrids series I was really disappointed in this. The main thing that got me was the change in the main character Mary Vaughan. She changed for this open scientific minded person to this judgemental person. Simple examples are how she wanted her views to be taken as fact by Ponter which looking down on his life style. I felt this was only written to give extra pages to the book and this simply didn't fit into what I had learnt about the characters over the 2 pervious books. Sadly this really made the book impossible to connect with. I found the first 2 great works and would have been happier if I had left it there.
I do still recommend books 1 and 2. This was sadly I can not
I found that other Robert J. Sawyer books where better. Books one and two of this series are great and the WWW series is a huge highlight
disappointment in the sudden changes in the characters just to fill the pages as it didn't feel true to what I had learnt of them
Great performance by the cast, let down by the writing