Children of Ruin (The Children of Time Novels)

January 13, 2020 - Comment

Children of Ruin follows Adrian Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It is set in the same universe, with a new cast of characters and a thrilling new narrative. It has been waiting through the ages.Now it’s time . . . Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took

Children of Ruin follows Adrian Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It is set in the same universe, with a new cast of characters and a thrilling new narrative.

It has been waiting through the ages.
Now it’s time . . .

Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life – but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time.

Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.

But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.

And it’s been waiting for them.

‘Tchaikovsky is the break-out star of contemporary British SF . . . Big, brilliant space opera, now with added octopuses’ – Guardian

Comments

Anonymous says:

Magnificent sequel to Children of Time Gloriously imagined, intricately plotted, relatable characters on a breathtaking scale. Children of Ruin goes on a similar thousand-plus-year journey to Children of Time with some of the familiar characters from the first book, and a couple of newcomers.The story unrolls like a tide, flicking back and forth between two time periods, mixing classic horror/sci fi, linguistics tropes in the vein of Arrival, more insight into the twisted mind of Dr Avrana Kern from the first book, and a…

Anonymous says:

Ultimately disappointing sequel. (2.5 stars) There’s nothing wrong with the story, it’s handling of the truly ‘alien mind set’ is interesting and the action pieces are well handled. It’s steady if somewhat predictable sequel. My issues are in the writing and structure of the novel – the editor needed to be firmer with the writer. It’s verbose, there’s way too much meandering and character self introspection and there a complete section of the book, some 60 pages of social backstory leading to an event that could have been dealt with in…

Anonymous says:

A fantastic sequel to one of my favourite books! Some of you may know that Children of Time is one of my absolute favourite novels. I love the incredible scope, storytelling, and world that Tchaikovsky captures on the page. Children of Ruin is a fantastic sequel that expands on everything that made the first book great, all while serving a compelling and gorgeous story.Children of Ruin expands well on the story initially told in Children of Time, but still manages to hold onto the things I loved from the first book. I can go on…

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