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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

a strong science fiction thriller

A decade of survival problems have passed since Ravna Bergndot and the cryo Children of the Sky escaped the near extinction Blight of humanity by landing on Tines World (see A Fire Upon the Deep). They build a civilization of sorts with the help of telepathic Tine cani...
A decade of survival problems have passed since Ravna Bergndot and the cryo Children of the Sky escaped the near extinction Blight of humanity by landing on Tines World (see A Fire Upon the Deep). They build a civilization of sorts with the help of telepathic Tine canines.

However, humans remain scornful of the Blight peril as a sham to obtain and maintain power, and some local Tine inhabitants want the off-worlders to leave as they believe the outsiders are a blight to their world. Although natural enemies, these diverse groups hold in common one thing: the failure of Bergndot and her hundred children at any cost.

The Children of the Sky is a strong science fiction thriller that focuses on how far humanity has fallen in technology since the adventures in A Fire Upon the Deep. The human skeptics will remind readers of climate change deniers while the Tine is divided between friendly and hostile towards the newcomers. Although the climax is disappointing as it ends with another novel to follow, fans will appreciate Vernor Vinge's follow-up to what happened to those who fled the Blight.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on September 25, 2011

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4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Technical Difficulties Or Ripoff?

Technical Difficulties - This Book Won't Download

posted by 4672599 on October 14, 2011

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    a strong science fiction thriller

    A decade of survival problems have passed since Ravna Bergndot and the cryo Children of the Sky escaped the near extinction Blight of humanity by landing on Tines World (see A Fire Upon the Deep). They build a civilization of sorts with the help of telepathic Tine canines.

    However, humans remain scornful of the Blight peril as a sham to obtain and maintain power, and some local Tine inhabitants want the off-worlders to leave as they believe the outsiders are a blight to their world. Although natural enemies, these diverse groups hold in common one thing: the failure of Bergndot and her hundred children at any cost.

    The Children of the Sky is a strong science fiction thriller that focuses on how far humanity has fallen in technology since the adventures in A Fire Upon the Deep. The human skeptics will remind readers of climate change deniers while the Tine is divided between friendly and hostile towards the newcomers. Although the climax is disappointing as it ends with another novel to follow, fans will appreciate Vernor Vinge's follow-up to what happened to those who fled the Blight.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Just okay

    Not Vinge's best work by a longshot. While the prose is of excellent quality, the story is rather disinteresting. The protagonist survives exclusively by luck and charity - consequentially, it's hard to care much about her. Furthermore, the book comes to an end without resolving many of the more interesting conflicts contained within. Expect sequels.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Technical Difficulties Or Ripoff?

    Technical Difficulties - This Book Won't Download

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    The Perils Of Ravna

    This is not a book with lots of ultra tech geekspeek or wars in heaven with godlike ai. This huge fifteen hundred page book follows Ravna as she struggles to prepare for that war. The real interest in this novel is the Tines as composite group minds and the implications of what that entails. Vinge does a great job with that, exploring how a Tine operates when members are killed or when single members try to join other packs and even what happens when thousands get together in a "choir". The weakness of the book is that some of the major characters make just freakin unbelievably naive, if not outright stupid decisions. Those drive much of the hectic chase scenes but I really couldn't buy that people who were trying to become gods in the last novel now became so naive in this one. The Tines are worth a novel yes, but this is a bit too huge for that. Not bad, you'll love the good Tines and hate the bad ones but its too long, unbelievable in spots and simply not a page turner.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Disappointing sequel

    A couple of interesting ideas regarding tines world are explored, but nothing that a short story or two would not have done just as well.

    I kept waiting for the story to break out, for the compelling challenge that would drive the plot and characters, but it never happened. Nevil is never believable as a villian, nor is it explained how Joanne, who is about to marry him, was so fooled. I simply concluded that her judgement could not be trusted, which was certainly not what Vinge had in mind.

    Written like a story an author felt compelled to write to fullfill a contract obligation or to satisfy his agent who thinks he can make money on it. No big ideas here (not even medium sized ones) and Vinge is a man we count on for big ideas.

    Oh, and why isn't the most obviously effective weapon - a loud noise generator - ever developed and used against the Tines? Glaring oversight.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    An interesting view of possible extraterrestrial life

    Read the first book and this is a good one too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Great Sequel

    A great story. Love the fact the author left room for a third book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Good Read!

    Enjoyed it; it doesn't exceed "A Fire upon the Deep" but everyone who read that one will like this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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