Children of Ruin

(Children of Time #2)

Paperback, 592 pages

English language

Published July 28, 2020 by Pan Macmillan.


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4 stars (11 reviews)

The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

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.

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A worthy sequel to Children of Time

4 stars

The alien development in Children of Ruin wasn't quite as good as the Portid chapters of "Children of Time", but the overall pacing of the book was much better with no boring human chapters to break up the palp-quivering goodness of the Portid and Cephalopod chapters. The ending of the book, despite sharing a similar flavor to the first book, still hits just as hard. These-of-We are looking forward to going on another adventure with the third book.

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If Children of Time was about survival, book 2 - The Children of Ruin - is about discovery. And Tchaikovsky shows discovery can be awe-inspiring, strange, bloody difficult, downright terrifying and deadly both on a personal and species-wide level. The book is filled with amazing feats of imagination and scientific extrapolation and - as with book 1 - Tchaikovsky creates a credible, alien mentality (not with spiders this time, but with octopuses and... something else) as well as keeping up the humour, terror and wonder that made Children of Time so enjoyable.

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