The Mother Code

The Mother Code Review

What it means to be human-and a mother-is put to the test in Carole Stivers' debut novel set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever.

The year is 2049. When a deadly non-viral agent intended for biowarfare spreads out of control, scientists must scramble to ensure the survival of the human race. They turn to their last resort, a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots--to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order--an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right--the Mother Code. 



Kai is born in America's desert southwest, his only companion his robot Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. But as children like Kai come of age, their Mothers transform too--in ways that were never predicted. When government survivors decide that the Mothers must be destroyed, Kai must make a choice. Will he break the bond he shares with Rho-Z? Or will he fight to save the only parent he has ever known?

In a future that could be our own, The Mother Code explores what truly makes us human--and the tenuous nature of the boundaries between us and the machines we create.

Title:The Mother Code
Edition Language:English

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  • Miranda Reads

    New week, New BookTube Video - all about the best (and worst) literary apocalypses to live through!And of course, I couldn't resist including this gorgeous book in another video! Hey all! I've read ...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Get ready to flip pages and encounter a quiet disturbing mash-up of two intriguing subgenres: Genetic mutation and fatal disease! When bioterror knocks on your door, you cannot easily run away! So buc...

  • Emily May

    But now everything had changed. He'd have to learn, all over again, how this world worked. The Mother Code was a challenging read for me. Stivers is a Silicon Valley biochemist and, I have to say, ...

  • Kaceey

    Chalk it up to bad timing!💁🏻‍♀️I was so excited to read this book since I first heard about it. Then came Covid-19.🤦🏻‍♀️I’d put this book off long enough and knew I had to tr...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”A young child knows Mother as a smelled skin, a halo of light, a strength in the arms, a voice that trembles with feeling. Later the child wakes and discovers this mother--and adds facts to impress...

  • Susanne  Strong

    A huge fan of Science Fiction, I was looking forward to “The Mother Code” - unfortunately, the terminology used in this novel was a bit beyond me as I don’t know all that much about biowarfare, ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Wow, The Mother Code was a bit frightening to read right now- both because it includes a pandemic and because it felt so real. I’m not a regular reader of science fiction, so some of the technology ...

  • Toni

    The timing for The Mother Code is just uncanny. I can't help but wonder if this is going to help the readers relate more to the events described by Carol Stivers.The Mother Code has two timelines that...

  • Rebecca | Velvet Opus

    "What does it mean to be a mother?"A warms-up-as-it-goes-along story about humanity's paradoxical desire to destroy and to survive and the pure, sweet miracle of children. As with every good post-apoc...

  • Victoria Rose

    2.5 starsThe Mother Code is set in the near future wherein the American government releases a biological weapon in the form of a lethal virus into the Middle East, which of course mutates and begins k...