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Children of Scarabaeus

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The crib is everywhere . . .

Edie Sha'nim believes she and her bodyguard lover, Finn, could find refuge from the tyranny of the Crib empire by fleeing to the Fringe worlds. But Edie's extraordinary cypherteck ability to manipulate the ecology of evolving planets makes her far too valuable for the empire to lose. Recaptured and forced to cooperate—or else she will watch Finn die—Edie is shocked to discover the Crib's new breed of cypherteck: children. She cannot stand by while ...

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Overview

The crib is everywhere . . .

Edie Sha'nim believes she and her bodyguard lover, Finn, could find refuge from the tyranny of the Crib empire by fleeing to the Fringe worlds. But Edie's extraordinary cypherteck ability to manipulate the ecology of evolving planets makes her far too valuable for the empire to lose. Recaptured and forced to cooperate—or else she will watch Finn die—Edie is shocked to discover the Crib's new breed of cypherteck: children. She cannot stand by while the oppressors enslave the innocent, nor can she resist the lure of Scarabaeus, the first world she tried to save, when researchers discover what appears to be an evolving intelligence.

But escape—for Edie, for Finn, and for the exploited young—will require the ultimate sacrifice . . . and a shocking act of rebellion.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Song of Scarabaeus is an enjoyable, fast-paced slice of adventure science fiction, infused with a measured dose of romance. The technological and political background is revealed with a deft hand, never getting in the way of the action.”
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“Song of Scarabaeus is an enjoyable, fast-paced slice of adventure science fiction, infused with a measured dose of romance. The technological and political background is revealed with a deft hand, never getting in the way of the action.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061934742
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 540,546
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Creasy grew up in a tumbling-down Victorian house in England, where she tapped out her first stories on a tiny blue typewriter. After moving to southeastern Australia as a teenager, her love of all things fantastical hooked her on science fiction. Meanwhile, in real life, a biology degree led to work as an editor in the educational publishing industry. She was associate editor of Australia's science fiction and fantasy magazine Aurealis for several years, and her involvement with the SF community inspired her to write her first novel. Marriage to an American resulted in a second intercontinental move, and she lived in Arizona for five years. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    A fresh new author in a played out genre.

    I read a lot and have been disappointed in a lot of the of the books out there but Sara Creasy has started a new world that has me utterly captivated. I started with her first book the Song of Scarabaeus and found myself drawn into a creative and beautiful world. It is absolutely nessicery to read the first book before reading the Children of Scarabaeus. This second installment was just as captivating as her first book and continues with a fluidity that starts the anticipation building right at the begining and continues through out the whole book. If I didn't have a two year old I would have lost myself in this book as it was I finished it in short order. I love Edie and Finn their relationship is so enjoyable to fallow and their loyalty and selflessness is commendable and I love to hate the Crib. Basically the reason I chose to write this review is to help a new author get the fame she deserves and to ecourage readers out there to take a chance. You wont regret this read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    Sara Creasy continues a strong saga with a moral underlying premise

    Although Cyphertek Edie Sha'nim and her bodyguard-lover Finn escaped from Scarabaeus, the tyrannical Crib government still wants her. Her hope to escape their brutal control of the universe is the fringe frontier worlds, but failed to appreciate how much her skill to change ecologies mean to the Crib.

    They are caught and if she wants her lover to survive she will obey and cooperate. However, she is ill with what is demanded of her. If she performs the ecological reengineering she will kill a planet. Making matters worse the Crib is employing cypherteck children as slaves. There is the threat to the orb that started her as a dissenter, Scarabaeus.

    The sequel to Song of Scarabaeus is a direct entry so it behooves fans to have read the previous tale first. Edie and Finn begin new escapades, but it is even more a coming of age thriller than its predecessor; as the lead couple struggle with political machinations as bioengineering and ecological reengineering has winners and losers as Edie has learned. Readers will relish Children of Scarabaeus as Sara Creasy continues a strong saga with a moral underlying premise in which each successful transformation brings affluence but at the cost to someone else.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Must read

    I have read and reread this book so many times. It never gets old and it never fails to suck me into the story. This is truely one of the best book Ive read.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

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    Kinda disappointing

    While the book did a good job of wrapping up the hanging plot threads, the characters were ever-static (like they were in _Song of Scarabaeus_), and I found a major plot twist downright *obvious* from its setup in book one. Overall, I felt as though the world had room for a lot more than the author had done with it. I'm glad I read this book, to resolve the storyline, but… The *only* focus seemed to be Edie's goal of freeing Finn and the border worlds, and to that end, Edie comes across as rather a Mary Sue. Finn seems to exist solely for her benefit—all the rocky parts of their relationship come from her imagination or from exterior forces. It's…annoying. Oh, and the kids seemed more like an idealization of children rather than actual children. Only way I could see them making sense is if the Crib does personality screenings and only picks low-key intellectual introverted types as trainees—which is possible, given the universe as it's built, but then the personality screening also should've filtered out some of the behaviors that one child demonstrated. So while the book was a fun read for a space opera, and I'd like to see more stories in this universe, I doubt I'll re-read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    A Very Good Sequel

    A very good sequel to Song of Scarabaeus. Good Science-fiction Romances are hard to find but this one didn't disappoint. I look forward to reading more from Sara Creasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Better than the first

    Not often you can say that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a must read if you have read Song of Scarabaeus. Sara Creasy does a great job of wrapping up the story and leaving readers satisfied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    I loved it

    I read the first one and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. It pulled me in and it's incredibly vivid. I believe it's a must read.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Great writing. Great characters. Great world. Not much else needs saying, if you liked the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre than you should def check this out.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    Really 4.75 Rating

    I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series Song of Scarabaeus prior to reading this book. I've really been looking forward to this sequel. This was an exciting conclusion to a fantastic story that was full of twist and turns with plenty of action, planetary heist (literally), fast interstellar spaceship getaways, a creative terraforming nightmare and spectacular descriptions of exotic evolutionary planets so vividly expressed, I had no difficulties imagining them. I was fascinated at the clever and innovative ideas the author used to describe the human race migration in the future, from earth to populate hundreds of other worlds; and what society, on a grand "intragalactic" scale, might be like. The first book had what I defined as a mere "flare" of romance, unfortunately, this sequel had a bit more romance in it than the first. Thankfully it was not the main focus of the story. Children of Scarabaeus pretty much ties ups all the loose ends from Song of Scarabaeus and there isn't a book 3 slated for this series. However the story ended in such a brilliant way that leaves lots of openings if there are to be future books. This series has so many intricate layers and creativity that this epic story definitely too complex to be fully captured in only two books. I usually like to watch my SF (i.g. my beloved SGU, SG1, SGA, Doc Who, Torchwood, V, Farscape, BSG, etc.) and normally read my dark urban fantasy (Ilona Andrews [ Kate Daniels and The Edge series], Jennifer Estep [Elemental Assassin series], Jaye Wells [Sabina Kane series], Diana Pharaoh Francis [Horngate Witches series], Kalayna Price [Haven and Alex Craft series], J.A. Saare [Rhiannon's Law Series], etc.) but for the past few years, scifi is systematically being removed from many tv network's line-up; plus it's hard to invest in a show only to have it cancelled without being given a chance to build an audience. This series definitely satisfies my SF craving and is full of excitement and adventure. I highly recommend this book to fellow SF fans. To those fellow dark urban fantasy readers, looking for a good SF but don't want to end up with space romance; I highly recommend this book to you, as the style of writing is similar to an urban fantasy read. The author is already at work on a different SF series, I would definitely read anything she puts out. I'd also like to recommend Thomas DePrima - A Galaxy Unknown series. B&N do not carry this series however, Amazon does.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Sara Creasy continues the fascinating story of Scarabaeus with more action, more suspense and more romance.

    Children of Scarabaeus follows the events of Song of Scarabaues, so I would definitely recommend you reading Song first.
    Edie Sha'nim and Finn have escaped Scarabaues, Rovers and the Crib with fellow ally Cat Lancer. Now they are on the run, hoping to reach the Fringe and use the cryptoglyph Finn has in his head to help liberate them from the Crib. Without the Neuroxin though, from Edie's home planet of Talas, she is on the verge of death, and the Crib is the only ones that carry the supply.
    When a Crib fleet pools into port they sneak aboard a cargo vessel, going into cryosleep to avoid detection. But after 13 months Edie is re-captured by the Cris and awakens to find herself once again in Natesa's control. And to keep Finn alive she agrees to help in the terraforming of Project Ardra, Natesa's last-ditch effort to save her reputation.
    Together Edie and Finn quickly make plans to escape but when Edie discovers that there is a group of children from her home planet under Crib control she cannot leave without them. Determined to set Finn free from the deadly leash that connects and save the children, Edie must make a choice and her decision will cost someone their freedom.

    I loved Song of Scarabaeus, my first ever sci-fi read, and the sequel Children of Scarabaeus did not disappoint. Edie's and Finn's relationship has progressed at a frustrating slow pace, for the characters and readers alike. The leash that connects them to each other causes painful feedback for Finn whenever Edie's emotions run high so this causes makes for a major mood killer and buku sexual tension. Edie is terrified for his safety; and is willing to sacrifice herself over and over again to protect him, and Finn is no different. Their relationship is sweet and realistic; and the characters are well developed and easy to connect with.
    Sarah Creasy has built an incredible world around these characters and describes it with her smooth writing style that makes it easy to picture and understand, even with all the new scientific terms and for someone like me who is a newbie to this genre. The story line moves a bit slow but is very intriguing. I look forward to more from the Aussie author!

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