Ghost Species by James Bradley. (2020).
**3 out of 5 stars**
Scientist Kate joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, including the Neanderthals. But when the first of the children is born, Kate is torn between science and wanting to protect little Eve. As Eve grows to adulthood she and Kate must face the question of who and what she is. Is Eve natural or artificial? Human or non-human? And as civilisation unravels around them during climate catastrophe, is Eve the ghost species or are we?
I appreciated the concept of this book and I thought the synopsis was quite intriguing. However…the book just wasn’t as interesting as what I thought it would be. I mean, bringing back extinct species to help reduce climate catastrophe effects? Sounds fascinating! But I’m not sure, it just didn’t hit the spot for me. I didn’t dislike it, but I also didn’t love it. I did think the climate changes and world collapsing was very scarily believable. The book is in sections that jump in time so we start off pre-Eve and end when she is approximately 20 (I think). I enjoyed the first half more than the second; I felt like as Eve got older, the story lost its thread a bit.
Overall: I liked this book well enough, but it wasn’t great for me. There are not too many reviews on Goodreads at the time of writing this review but most are extremely positive so it’s definitely worth a read if it sounds like your kind of book.