Why this book?
I really enjoy hard science fiction—science fiction that uses real science—and Shivering World is an excellent example of the subgenre. The story revolves around terraforming and genetic research but there is a lot more going on here. Politics, faith, power struggles, survival situations, and the main character’s search for a cure to her genetic condition create a delightful mix that rivals what’s found in sci-fi classics, like Dune and Foundation. The author’s background in microbiology, music, and education brings a new level of believability to the story. Kathy Tyers is best known for Star Wars novels and her Firebird series, but I think her standalone books are fantastic.