Carole Stivers' debut novel, set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever, puts what it means to be human—and a mother—to the test.
It is the year 2049. Scientists must scramble to ensure the human race's survival when a deadly non-viral agent intended for biowarfare spreads out of control. They resort to their last resort: placing genetically modified children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots, where they will be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is one last hope for preserving the human order: the Mother Code, an intelligence programmed into these machines that makes each one unique in its own right.
Kai is born in America's desert Southwest, with his robotic Mother, Rho-Z, as his only companion. Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive, with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother. However, as Kai's children grow older, their mothers change as well—in unexpected ways. Kai is forced to make a decision when government survivors decide that the Mothers must be exterminated. Will he be able to break his bond with Rho-Z? Will he fight to save the only parent he's ever known, or will he flee?
The Mother Code is set in a future that could be our own and explores what makes us truly human—as well as the perilous nature of the boundaries between us and the machines we create.... Read More