Shards of Earth
The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary space opera about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man's discovery will save or destroy us all.
The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . . Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one of humanity's heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers. After earth was destroyed, mankind created a fighting elite to save their species, enhanced humans such as Idris. In the silence of space they could communicate, mind-to-mind, with the enemy. Then their alien aggressors, the Architects, simply disappeared—and Idris and his kind became obsolete. Now, fifty years later, Idris and his crew have discovered something strange abandoned in space. It's clearly the work of the Architects—but are they returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy hunting for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, that many would kill to obtain.
Tchaikovsky (Children of Time) launches his Final Architecture series with a dazzlingly suspenseful space opera. A colossal, sentient entity known as an Architect rips Earth apart into a flower shape. As the remnants of humanity flee to colonize other planets, Idris Telemmier is genetically manipulated into an Intermediary supersoldier, capable of reaching his mind out to the Architects. His encounter with the Architects causes them to realize humans are sentient, after which they abruptly vanish. Nearly a century later, Idris, who has not slept or aged since, joins the tight-knit crew of salvage ship Vulture God, craving anonymity among their ranks. After the crew comes across a derelict ship torn into a familiar flower shape, signaling the possibility that the Architects have returned, the discovery creates political opportunity for various factions: the alien Essiel, who protect the worlds under their control; Earth's Council of Human Interests; the alien-hating human Nativists; and the women warriors known as the Parthenon. Now Partheni Solace joins Idris's crew to search the colonized worlds for hints to the Architects' motives. But Solace's true mission is to convince Idris to share the Intermediary technology with the Parthenon. Tchaikovsky's intricately constructed world is vast yet sturdy enough to cradle inventive science, unique aliens, and complex political machinations. With a mix of lively fight scenes, friendly banter, and high-stakes intrigue, this is space opera at its best.
Pretty Dang Good
Beginning to like Tchaikovsky more. Looking forward to the next volume.
Way Overpriced, Grammatical Nightmare
The word choice is so consistently poor. I was constantly rereading sentences and even then I had to infer meaning too often. It’s almost like it was translated from a different language. It’s virtually unreadable.
Would be fine as a freebie series starter, I guess?
Engaging but too much detail
The book is quite a disaster yarn that stretches 5000 years. I appreciated some of the tech detail and the jargon, but it got to be too much in sections of long drawn out prose. (Spoiler Alert) I also found the notion that 7 billion souls on earth handed a Death Sentence would blithely cooperate in saving a few thousand. And, also, that those few thousand would leave Loved Ones behind with barely a few thoughts.