Children of Time

Children of Time

by Adrian Tchaikovsky


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ISBN-13: 9780316452502
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 20,254
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed 10-book Shadows of the Apt series starting with Empire in Black and Gold published by Tor UK. His other works for Tor UK include standalone novels Guns of the Dawn and Children of Time (which won the Arthur C Clarke award in 2016) and the new series Echoes of the Fall starting with The Tiger and the Wolf (which won the Robert Holdstock award in 2017). His work has also been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and the Starburst Brave New Words Award. He lives in Leeds in the UK and his hobbies include entomology and board and role-playing games.

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Children of Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What makes a species alien? How will we know? Can homo sapiens ever overcome its terror of the Other in time to prevent extinction? Children of Time poses and answers such questions with an unlikely set of protagonists, in a disturbing (not a fan of spiders) yet satisfying way. A couple of decades ago, David Brin posited "Uplift" - the idea that sentience is bestowed on a species through genetic manipulation. In his work, said species are mostly mammalian, easily relatable. In Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time, the primary beneficiaries of uplift are arachnid, a hominid atavistic terror if ever there was one. And, yet... and, yet. Empathy equals survival; learning to recognize ourselves in the Other may be the only way *this* species will endure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page-turner packed with interesting humans and likeable aliens. Fascinating main plot, subplots and imaginative use of evolution and world-building. A balance of action, thought & emotion. The author's knowledge of biology gave the alien characters real substance and complexity. I liked the wrap-up at the end immensely.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A boring,dull book with no redeeming features whatsoever.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Love the story line and all the surprises
Anonymous 12 months ago
This is great sci-if, and more importantly, very good literature. I put it with some of the best sci-if I’ve read. The writing is well done, the characters well developed (even if a bit “British”). The book’s probing of human hubris and technology, however, and challenge to its morality is well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will not disappoint. It is so, so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating premises and great story-telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started off as interesting but became tedious very quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give the author credit for an audacious story. I really enjoyed the political, social, and religious undertones, but I felt the human arc portion of the story was a bit fantastic toward the end even for science fiction. A very good read though. The ending fell flat and that's the primary reason I can't rate it higher. A better end and it could have been four or maybe even a five star novel.
Opinion8ted More than 1 year ago
I think this book will be a classic of SF for decades. It is a fascinating story that asks us to imagine a species that is so different from humans, and yet has much in common with what makes us human. I liked the way the book switched from the story of the spiders on their green planet, to the story of the refugees of a grey planet Earth. This is a big story that deserves to be read and shared with your friends. If you like SF that makes you think and feel, this is for you. If you think Syfy is a word, then maybe not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt Children of Time was the best book I read in 2016. Following the 2,500+ year long story of the remaining human race traversing the galaxy looking for a new home, and the evolution of the inhabitants of "The Green Planet" was amazing. Very rarely do I actually find myself caring for characters in a book, but I couldn't help myself. This is a book I wish was twice as long, a story I wished never ended. Absolutely 100% worth reading.