Children of Time

Children of Time

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

  • Release Date : 2015-06-04
  • Genre : Science Fiction
  • FIle Size : 2.57 MB
Score: 4.5
From 86 Ratings
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Children of Time 'Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human.' - Patrick Ness

Winner of the 30th anniversary Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed, stand-alone novel Children of Time, is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

Who will inherit this new Earth?

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?


  • Fantastic!

    By Angus McFisher
    One of the best reads this year. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking.
  • Intelligent and enjoyable

    By Aurellion
    An enjoyable and recommended read. Characterisation is maintained throughout such that a vigilant reader can predict, to a certain degree, how individuals might react to the unique situations each finds themselves in. That isn't to say that there isn't any character development as they are all profoundly changed by the experiences described in both positive and negative ways. Tchaikovsky has gone to great lengths to explore the effect, on both individuals and cultures, when life is conducted as brief forays of activity between long sessions of suspended animation, both on those who "sleep" and those who remain. Conflict is portrayed refreshingly as all sides, with the exception of certain species, are portrayed as having valid reasoning for their actions and, later in the book, a true 'grey and grey' conflict can be enjoyed by the reader, such that it is difficult to know who to root for, though I personally believe it is rather short lived and a more drawn out conflict would have allowed for more opportunities for additional character development as well as provided a more satisfying resolution. Even so, the resolution provided is still in keeping with the capabilities and characterisation of those involved.
  • Really rewarding read

    By a.s.j
    This book surprised me at most every turn. It is a wonderful meditation and extrapolation of what it is to be human, and that's the very best kind of sci fi.