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Typhon's Children

By Toni Anzetti
A Del Rey Book, 329 pp, 1999

I don't read much science fiction or fantasy, but occasionally a book or series will catch my attention.

Like this one.

A remnant of humans attempt to colonize the ocean planet of Typhon. They found an island, and life was good, but it erupted in a volcanic, fiery hell, forcing them to flee. They lost most of their supplies and several colonists, but the survivors have settled on a new island.

That's the background. The book opens with the survivors trying to figure out a way to stay alive and continue the human race. Nearly all children born on Typhon suffer from degenerative, harmful mutations. Most don't live to their first birthday. 

Per, a scientist studying the ocean life, is convinced the answer to these mutations lies somewhere in Typhon's vast seas, but no one believes him except a teenage girl named Dilani, a rebellious deaf mute. A monster storm forces them out to sea in a lifeskip (an enclosed boat) along with another deformed teenager, and the three of them are thrust into a dangerous journey to resolve humanity's crisis. Along the way, they are aided and befriended by a twelve-limbed octopus and shark-like creatures called ketos, and even meet the god of Typhon.

It's an interesting book. It appears to be Anzetti's first novel, which is quite impressive since it's smooth and polished. I didn't see any other of her books in the library, and I hope she's written more.

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