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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s nothing better than a thrilling adventure that makes you think. Children of Time features a mad scientist made even madder by AI technology, a planet ruled by intelligent spiders, and a spaceship carrying the last survivors of a decimated Earth. This may sound like the ingredients for a standard-issue science fiction potboiler, but Adrian Tchaikovsky’s story raises profound philosophical questions, delves deep into hard (if speculative) science, and boasts a sophisticated plot that unfolds over eons while maintaining real suspense. Children of Time is solid proof that pulp doesn’t have to be mindless to be fun!
Though I thought the story slow to start, it was very rewarding in the end. The solution to conflict between two extremely different life forms was interesting.
Although the premise of intelligent space-traveling spiders is bizarre, he makes it work with tight narrative that kept me turning pages in order to finish this in one day. Good fast read!
A Grand Achievement
Quite simply the best sci-fi book I’ve read in 30 years. I’ve not added a book to my list of favorites in a decade but do so here. Outstanding in every single way.