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Speculative Fiction | The Museum of Second Chances | A E Warren

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We’re delighted to be on tour sharing Laura’s thoughts on The Museum of Second Chances by A E Warren. This is the first story in the Tomorrow’s Ancestors series.

What happens when the future recaptures the past?

In a post-apocalyptic world the human race has evolved beyond us through genetic engineering – and we’ve been left behind to make amends for the damage inflicted on the earth.

The reversal of the extinction of long lost animals is key to our reparations and all of these are housed in the Museum of Evolution – along with another species of human that hasn’t existed for 30,000 years.

Elise belongs to the lowest order of humans, the Sapiens. She lives in an ostracised community of ecological houses, built to blend with an idyllic landscape. Deciding to widen her stagnating life in the manufacturing base, she takes a chance opportunity to become a Companion to a previously extinct species of human.

But Elise has secrets of her own that threaten to be exposed now that she is away from the safety of her home. And while living in the museum, Elise realises that little separates her from the other exhibits…

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The Museum of Second Chances by A E Warren is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.



The Museum of Second Chances is a dystopian novel set in the future with a post apocalyptic world. It took me a while to get into this story but once I did I could not put it down. I loved the concept, realistic characters and the writing style of this interesting story.

 Elise is a Sapien, the lowest form of humankind and they are offered a simple life with menial jobs. Throughout her childhood she has been taught about her kind being held responsible for destruction of life on the planet. The Medius share some genetic improvements and are able to have more influential jobs and prestige. Whereas the Potior are the highest class and these genetically improved inform the rest and rule the Sapiens.

 Elise is given a job as a companion in the museum to work in the pod looking after the Neanderthal, Kit. His life has been set out and is kept away from the others. Elise at first scared to be entering a pod with a perceived animal soon discovers that Kit is similar to herself and other Sapiens. She feels a need to protect Kit by enhancing his skills and providing him with more knowledge of the outside world.

 An interesting story, wonderfully written. Fortunately I have the next book, The Base of Reflections as I am looking forward to finding out what happens to Elise and her friends.

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AE Warren lives in the UK. A not-so-covert nerd with mildly obsessive tendencies, she has happily wiled away an inordinate amount of time reading and watching sci-fi/ fantasy and gaming. She is interested in the ‘what ifs’.

The Museum of Second Chances is her first novel and she is currently writing the third book in the ‘Tomorrow’s Ancestors’ series.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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