Children of Time

Children of Time

Paperback - 2018 | First U.S. trade paperback edition
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Adrian Tchaikovksy's award-winning novel Children of Time , is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.
Who will inherit this new Earth?

The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth'span
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316452502
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 629 pages : 21 cm


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Mar 16, 2018

4 for concepts, 3 for writing. The prose and characterization fell flat for me, and the pacing tends to drag, especially in the middle. This book is definitely saved by the spiders, who are fascinatingly constructed (as a linguist I especially liked the thoughtful examination of what arachnids' language and paralinguistics could look like).

Jul 03, 2017

A well crafted imaginative story of evolution and what it means to be "alive". A well paced narrative with excellent characterizations. Well worth reading if you are a fan of the genre.

May 14, 2017

I absolutely loved this book, but it's very difficult to talk about specifics without going into spoilers. If you know anything about David Brin (the opening chapter has a ship called Brin 2 and outlines the reasoning for being at the planet in question) then you might be able to figure out that this book involves the idea of 'uplifting' another species. I personally could never get into Brin's books, but I felt Tchaikovsky pulled it off perfectly.

Apr 24, 2016

Spanning several thousand years and featuring two concurrent story lines, this science fiction novel is filled with imagination and fantastic characters, while weaving an incredible story of two civilizations and their struggles to survive. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction novels which explore the themes of evolution, social structure, and megalomania, all of which the author combines into a engaging space opera.


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