The Silver Ship and the Seaby Brenda Cooper
For when it gets boring at work, I keep a book at my desk. This story soon had me so engrossed, I had to take the book home to finish it. The world and characters were rich and complex.
I imagine it's set some time in the far future. Most humans have been augmented; bio-engineered to be improved. A ship full of regular humans settle on the planet of Fremont, where they want to live without any of the trappings of modern humans.
A ship of modified humans arrives and there is soon a clash that leads to war. All of that happens before the story starts. The story begins shortly after the war ends. The modified left behind six children, who essentially become prisoners of war of the colony. The children have extraordinary abilities. Some are treated with love; some not so much.
Inevitably, as the children grow and realize their predicament, things come to a boiling point again.
I really need to read the next book in this series. I've not read Brenda Cooper before, but she has oodles of talent and tells a fabulous story woven with wonder, humanity, and questions we must all answer for ourselves.