Children of Time

Children of Time

Book - 2015
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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?
Publisher: London : Tor, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781447273295
144727329X
9781447273288
1447273281
9781447273301
Characteristics: 599 pages ;,24 cm

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mspidell
Jun 06, 2020

An 'uplifting' read which pulls you into the characters' world without being pedantic. Solid world-building has allowed the author to follow this with an excellent sequel. For experienced readers I'd class the use of sci-fi elements here as a 'hard' system. This will age well as the subtext for the plot will remain relevant. If you enjoyed exploring the non-bipedal culture of this story, you will likely enjoy 'A Deepness in the Sky' by V. Vinge. If you seek more of the founding-of-a-new-civilisation, consider 'We are legion' By D. Taylor.

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gwendae
Jan 13, 2020

this is a must-read for all sci-fi buffs. I laughed; I cried. it is well-written, smart, and totally satisfying.

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gvidotto
Sep 01, 2019

Well done; a fine story, and well written.

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lcdguy
Dec 28, 2018

I have read many books in my time and I have to share that this is one of the most engaging, well written, completely entertaining books I have encountered. I was captivated throughout its 600 pages. The sentences flow so naturally, the vocabulary is mature and descriptions and concepts are brilliantly constructed and thought out. This is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read but, SF or not, an exceptional composition no matter the genre. I love the dual storylines we swing back and forth through and how the author has command of the plot development. Extraordinarily entertaining and captivating, I hated to put it down but could not read 600 pages in one sitting. If you are an SF fan, this one is a must read, a classic-to-be.

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Syuff
Mar 16, 2018

4 for concepts, 3 for writing. The prose and characterization fell flat for me, and the pacing tends to drag, especially in the middle. This book is definitely saved by the spiders, who are fascinatingly constructed (as a linguist I especially liked the thoughtful examination of what arachnids' language and paralinguistics could look like).

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stewstealth
Jul 03, 2017

A well crafted imaginative story of evolution and what it means to be "alive". A well paced narrative with excellent characterizations. Well worth reading if you are a fan of the genre.

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Ichijo
May 14, 2017

I absolutely loved this book, but it's very difficult to talk about specifics without going into spoilers. If you know anything about David Brin (the opening chapter has a ship called Brin 2 and outlines the reasoning for being at the planet in question) then you might be able to figure out that this book involves the idea of 'uplifting' another species. I personally could never get into Brin's books, but I felt Tchaikovsky pulled it off perfectly.

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Astraeus
Apr 24, 2016

Spanning several thousand years and featuring two concurrent story lines, this science fiction novel is filled with imagination and fantastic characters, while weaving an incredible story of two civilizations and their struggles to survive. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction novels which explore the themes of evolution, social structure, and megalomania, all of which the author combines into a engaging space opera.

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