Children of Time

, #1

hardcover, 608 pages

English language

Published May 31, 2015 by Tor.

ISBN:
978-1-4472-7328-8
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4 stars (220 reviews)

A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?

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 …

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reviewed Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Children of Time, #1)

Pulled me in and never let go

5 stars

It's been way too long since I have had a novel grab me from the very first chapter. The plot spins out from a premise that never seems completely outlandish, where humans in suspension pods try to reestablish on a distant terraformed earth. The plot is somewhat like Battlestar Galactica, except there's only one Cylon and Earth is full of deadly arthropods.

The book is brilliantly structured, alternating between a human and a non-human protagonist. Spoiler: man was the true monster all along.

reviewed Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Children of Time, #1)

Impressive & audacious vision

5 stars

Spiders undergo enhanced evolution, building an extraordinary new civilisation. Meanwhile the last of humanity searches for a new home, bringing its destructive tendencies with it. Impressive & audacious vision, but lacks engaging characters.

Reading time 6 days, 100 pages/day

reviewed Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Children of Time, #1)

Good ending, didn't care for the human portions

3 stars

Content warning Discussion of the ending

Review of 'Children of Time' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Frustratingly well executed but somewhat irritating. Tchaikovsky weaves two tales together, one about a post-apocalyptic ark ship that outlives its expected lifetime and another about a civilization of spiders infected with a magic virus that makes them evolve quickly and be more empathetic. All of this is interesting, well structured, makes good use of contrast and variation on themes, is everything you could expect of modern sci-fi.
My complaints are a bunch of annoyances that take the shine off the whole thing. Chief among them is the main human PoV character who is a humanities professor surrounded by STEM and executive types who blunders his way from one catastrophe to another apparently knowing better than the rest of the cast but doing precious little with his wisdom over the course of Portal millennia. The human cast are a bunch of bad stereotypes and you could have cut half that half …

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