I tried this book on a slightly expensive whim, and was not disappointed. It's a little like Pamela Sargent's Earthseed, only better. The setting is the colony world Fremont, which was settled by a group of humans who believe genetically altered humans are abominations. Then another ship full of colonists, altered colonists, lands, and war breaks out. The altered humans are killed or leave, and 6 altered children remain as adopted kids whose official status is 'prisoner of war.' Chelo, the protagonist is one of those 6 kids. It's years after the war, and the altered children are surrounded by suspicion, fear, and occasional love. They are coming to adulthood and discovering their talents in this atmosphere, and things start coming to a head after Chelo's adoptive parents, the colony's leaders, die in an accident. It was very hard to put down. The ending was somewhat unexpected, and not cookie-cutter. A very good book.