Parents' Guide to

Generation Cryo

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen's quest for donor dad raises timely talking points.

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Generation Cryo follows Breeanna as she pieces together clues to her full biological identity. As you would imagine, it's neither a quick nor an easy journey, and, with every new connection she makes to half-siblings and their families, more questions arise about her motivations and the possible outcome of her quest. Some, like twins Hilit and Jonah, have no interest in coming face-to-face with Donor #1096; for others, like Jesse, Breeanna's quest touches a nerve about how they view themselves and their places within their own family structures. Their personal journey makes for riveting entertainment, but whether the emotional fallout is worth the ultimate prize for everyone involved is yet to be seen.

Beyond the issue of donation and artificial insemination, Generation Cryo touches on broader concepts in thoughtful ways as well. What defines a family? What role, if any, does DNA play in that definition? Where do the parents with no biological connection to their children fit in to this new dynamic? And, as Breeanna's quest brings her closer to learning the identity of her donor father, a big question emerges: Is there such a thing as anonymity in today's culture? As donor children come of age in greater numbers and have unprecedented access to information on the Internet, these are issues with which many will wrestle.

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