Unnatural Selection by Thomas Pryce

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"Wildly suspensful...nail-biting fun. Thrilling conclusion." -- Kirkus Reviews

*Awarded runner up honors in the 2012 Green Book Festival writing contest in general fiction!

A deadly mix of plague and environmental disaster forces a small group to seek refuge in an underwater facility. Located off the coast of California, Pacifica was originally conceived to study alternative energy systems and algae farms as part of America’s continued effort to go green. Who knew that its greatest service would be as sanctuary for the human race.

Jesse Baines is one of the fortunate few to make it down to Pacifica—although Jesse doesn’t feel all that lucky. Unlike most, Jesse finds Pacifica confining and bleak. And after his parents are lost—one to plague, the other to the sea—he wants out more than ever. But leaving Pacifica is easier said than done.

When a mission back to land is authorized Jesse finally gets his chance. And what the team finds is startling and strange, the environment so vastly altered as to be another planet. Every step upon the cauterized soil brings new adventure, the mystery as deep and dark and dangerous as the Marianas Trench. The obvious threats of cannibalism, disease, and searing radiation turn out to be only the beginning.

Why do the majority of the survivors have dark skin? What caused the deadly plague and global decline? Come face to face with a creature of impossible origins. Discover the secrets of a strange new world, and the unfathomable forces behind it all. And most of all, find out if you have the Darwinian vigor to survive.

Unnatural Selection is based upon sound science, where facts meet fiction like the undulated lips of a giant clam. This is a daring thriller crammed with intrigue and wonder, and implication that reaches beyond plot. The novel is divided into three parts—Pacifica, The Surface, A New Era—and is about 100,000 words

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Published January 24, 2012 by Cenozoic Publishing, Inc.. 388 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although artfully rendered, the main villain here is either a clichéd madman (right down to his evil genius grin), or (more generously) a loving homage to every Hollywood bad guy who’s ever plotted to take over the world.

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