The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.
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.
Spiders, Mollusks and Humans, Oh My
Where to begin? We got three sentient species, two or three computer operating systems and several eras; the present, the past and the real far back past. And here’s the thing, save for the history, you will be transported into the minds, memories, thought processes and emotions of each and every one! I do not have PhD. in any of those things. This is a wonderful but very involved and complicated story.
Less humanity but more science.
This sequel lacks the tighter pacing and human characters of its predecessor, and in many ways feels like other science fiction sequels: it’s there for fans that want to see more of the original’s ideas, but for the people interested in a good story it comes up lacking in polish.
Still, the leaps and bounds made by the setting’s technology and civilizations is pretty cool! It’s hard to imagine where the next one will go.
Knocked it out of the park again
They did it again. Another stellar book. I still think about this and children of time years later. I think this has surpassed End of Eternity as my most recommended book. The detail and creativity of the writing and the obvious amount of research put in to these books is phenomenal.