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Children of Time
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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PublisherPan Macmillan
Release Date2016-07-01 (added to CC 4 Feb 2017)
Amazon Sales Rank12,568
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?

Member Reviews
(30 Jan)
This book is many things - A cautionary tale of science gone awry while at the same time an exemplar of the great things science can accomplish, a critique of political, spiritual and personal beliefs taken to the extreme, a fascinating biology lesson and subsequent speculative exploration of forced evolution/uplift and, best of all, a tour de force of feminist writing and the struggles against mysogyny that is ingrained in society - but, on top of all of that, it is an enthralling, millenia-spanning story of man vs monster, of God vs creation, of parent vs child.

Read it if you like Arthur C Clarke but wish he could write memorable characters.

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Also it's from the point of view of sentient spiders. What's not to like?
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