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
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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!
The smartest sci-fi book I’ve ever read (too smart for me) 😵🤯
Children of Time is a great book in the same way that Schindler’s List or 2001: A Space Odyssey are great movies. They’re no doubt classics, extremely well thought out, depicted in an almost visionary way, and unappreciated until they’re over and you think back on them; but throughout the experience they become often boring and hard to follow. Children of Time suffers from this same problem: great book, if you can get through it. And you really have to be paying attention in order to fully understand it (which I wasn’t). But I still respect, appreciate and recognize it for everything it does.
As I said, it does get a little boring and hard to follow, I got kind of tired of learning about all the anatomy and culture of the ants and spiders, but I understood why it was necessary. Children of Time excels pretty much everywhere, but has an especially unique approach to contrast. It puts a heavy focus on evolution, specifically accelerated evolution as one of the storylines follows the indigenous species that have evolved through human uplifting hundreds of years ago (there’s a little more to it, but I’m keeping it basic here, I’m not joking when I say the story is complex), which is why all the anatomy and culture are so important. During which, its portrayal of non-human main characters is so good, you almost forget that they’re not human. At the opposite end of the spectrum, another storyline has you following the few humans remaining in the galaxy as they begin to descend into barbarism out of desperation to survive while searching for a new home planet (again, there’s a little more to it).
I love the multiple storylines and how they ultimately converge, the concept of human meddling and mortality, and the sense of what it means to be left behind in the grand scheme. With the sheer complexity of its story, the themes it tackles, and the uniqueness in which it does it, Children of Time is highly ambitious and epic in its scope and time-scale. Definitely check it out if your up for some heavy reading.
Easily worth $50
I was left crying at the end of this book, it’s so good. I won’t bore you with details, I want you to experience it yourself. Suffice to say I cried when I finished it, the ending was so impactful.
Amazing read! Thought provoking and huge in scope and time, this book is on par with science fiction greats like Dune and The Foundation Trilogy.