It has been waiting through the ages.
Now it's time...
Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time.
Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.
But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.
And it's been waiting for them.
Children of Ruin follows the author's Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It is set in the same universe, with a new cast of characters.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you think interplanetary sci-fi is doomed to be stuffy, think again: Adrian Tchaikovsky matches imaginative world-building with succinct, conversational prose in this tight-knit sequel to 2015’s Children of Time. The English author deepens tensions between humans and an intelligent race of spiders by adding octopus-like creatures native to a terraforming planet in the distant past. Swapping between that time and the present, Children of Ruin balances vivid descriptive atmosphere and punchy personality clashes, while assessing the enduring toll of human ambition.