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Children of Time

(Children of Time #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  29,158 ratings  ·  3,075 reviews
A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome it's dangers? 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 ...more
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Published May 2nd 2017 by Audible Studios (first published June 2015)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$2.99 on Kindle US today 12/16/18

Holy guacamole! This book rocked!

I had a feeling I would like this book but hells bells, I had no idea how much I would love it.

You have Earth that is pretty much going to pot, then goes to pot because of some stuff. Then people wake up a million years later on their ships. Well, okay not a million but still.

So there is space!

There is a new planet that continued to make itself from the start of terra forming many years ago < -- I don't think I spelled that
There's something wildly giddy welling up within me, and I blame it entirely on this book.

There have been a couple of brilliant SF titles to come out this year and I would swear belong on the Hugo list, and this is yet one more. Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora was one, as was Scott Hawkins's The Library at Mount Char, but if I had to break down the individual merits of each, I might wind up saying that this one deserves it the most. For pure SF, it hits the heights of ideas, memorable characters,
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This was such an interesting read!

If you're looking for a different take on the whole alien thing... try this book.

I never thought I would end up rooting for spiders... but I did!
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, people who wanted to like Aurora and didn't, fans of Charlotte's Web

Sympathetic spiders? Inconceivable!

–I do not think that word means what you think it means–

Nope, in this case, it pretty much does. It's not that I have a spider-phobia--I like to think we have a truce regarding squishing and biting--it's that something about their structure and movement speaks to a primeval instinct to run away. Children of Time popped up in friend reviews, but I'll be honest--it wasn't until I realized there were giant spiders and colony ships that I really became intrigued.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi and Space Opera fans
Recommended to Petrik by: Scott Hitchcock
Shelves: owned-ebooks
Smart and imaginative, highly recommended for everyone who loves Sci-Fi and not recommended for anyone with arachnophobia.

Children of Time is Adrian Tchaikovsky’s first Sci-Fi and also my first experience with his work. This is a highly praised book, it won Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel in 2016 and most likely, will be 5 stars read for anyone who has never read anything like it. Plus, for even more praise, the film rights to the book has also been sold to Lionsgate.

It’s a great story. T
Dana Ilie
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
Children of Time’ is one of those books one devours obsessively and then mourns once it’s finished. Yes, ‘Children of Time’ is that good.

The author acknowledges our implicit arachnophobia and then very cleverly turns it on its head; indeed, after a while you kind of forget that these characters are spiders at all, even when they get stuck in to very spiderish behaviour. Their cities, for example, are great forests festooned with web complexes and, latterly, organic machinery and vehicles. The ma
5ish stars.

An unqualified masterpiece. This is some of the smartest, most exciting, and most imaginative fiction I've read in a long time. It's grand, expansive, and both character-driven and plot-driven.

Uplifted spiders. So cool and creative. The evolution of the Portias and their clusters is endlessly compelling. The journey that the humans take over the millennia, if not as thrilling, is dramatic in its buildup to the inevitable convergence of the two groups.

It chronicles the rise and fall o
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Children of Time was my first novel by this author, and wow, what a way to start my initiation into the Adrian Tchaikovsky fan club! I have never read anything quite like this book before, and I have to say the praise it’s gotten has been well deserved. I just loved this.

First of all we have this incredible story, which has everything in place for a space opera of the grandest proportions. Long ago, when Earth was on its l
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
What a beautiful book. Six hundred totally absorbing pages. One of the best Science Fiction books I have ever read. Not being particularly coherent here but let me say again it is very, very good.

It shows mankind at its worst - I would not have cared if the last human being in the universe had died at the end. I hate spiders but was converted to the sentient kind and I was cheering them on as they grew smarter and smarter.

I could not imagine how it was going to end but Adrian Tchaikovsky is som
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Five stars because this puppy had me rooting for arachnids. Five stars for carefully crafted characters, humans and otherwise alike. Five stars because of the incredible, millennia- spanning plot. Five stars because of that ENDING! Not what I expected and so satisfying.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Children of Time: Winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award”. Most cumbersome book title ever (this is the full title of the edition I bought). Why did the publisher have to tag the award thing on the book’s original title? Fortunately, on the bright side, this is my only complaint about this book!

This book takes David Brin’s “uplift” concept and really runs with it. In Brin’s popular Uplift series, humanity have used technology to boost the intellect of selected species of animals to sentienc
Mayim de Vries
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
Professor Stephen Hawking

”What have you done with my monkeys?”
Doctor Avrana Kern

I do not sci-fi that much but when I do, I do it only with books that make me cheer for spiders.

Adrian Tchaikovsky is famous for infusing his books with themes and motives related to his interests. He studied zoology and psychology. He is also interested in natu
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

This is the future.
This is where mankind takes its next step.
This is where we become gods.

Science has given mankind the tools to travel to distant stars, to terraform their planets and to play with the building blocks of life : genetics.
It sounds like a dream come true, an utopian future in which everything is possible.
In practice, the deployment of miraculous scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the real world is fraught with the same issues that have plagues past generations : greed
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 4.65 ***

"... ““You can never know. That is the problem with ignorance. You can never truly know the extent of what you are ignorant about.” ...

I wanted to read this book only because it was recommended to me by a friend. I never expected to love it so much, despite never having read anything by the author. Boy am I glad I read it!

I was raised on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Every week my family would receive in the mail the newest Sci-Fi publication and we would all fight over who is goin
Dan Schwent
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
As humanity's fortunes fade, an engineered nanovirus, not finding the monkeys it expected, begins elevating the insects and spiders of an earth-like world. Will it be the humans aboard the space ark Gilgamesh or the spiders of the green planet inherit the universe as... The Children of Time?

One of the lunch talkers was gushing over this book a few days ago, the rare interruption of my reading I can tolerate. Fortunately, I already had this on my kindle despite no memory of buying it. Anyway, I d
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have really struggled with this book. Really the only science fiction I tend to like is character driven so I was up against it from the start!
I've always thought that insect and deep sea creatures have much potential as horror/ monster elements in a story. The look of them close up is just as awful as anything fictitious- it's only that, in the case of insects, they're small and in the case of deep- sea creatures, far down and away, that saves us. So I was interested to read about Portia and
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one I have meant to get to for quite a while, but I must admit, I knew it was about Spiders and I reaaaaally don't like them so I let that put me off for quite a while. However, after reading and loving Guns of Dawn by Tchaikovsky earlier in August I decided I would pick this one up...and I am glad!

This story is told fro three main PoVs. At the start of the book we're following a scientist who is working on a terraforming project on a new planet. Dr Ivana Kern (spelling?? I audio-bo
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely brilliant and fantastically imaginative piece of science fiction. This is one of the best books I've read this year.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this book on my shelf for a long time. I like scifi in generational, but especially deep space explorations of the last humans (usually on board a generational ship) are one of my favourite topics. That plus the green cover drew me in and made me buy it bac then, but it wasn't until now (a buddy-read with the group) that I finally picked it up. Had I known what was to await me between the pages ... I could smack myself for not reading this sooner!

The story is about humanity travelling amon
Scott  Hitchcock
I read my first Adrian Tchaikovsky book earlier this month Guns of the Dawn. It was an easy 5* for me. I decided to take this on next since the two subject matters could not be more different. While the first book made my 5* shelf this book blew me away and made my special beyond 5* shelf taking it's place among the elite books of my stack.

For a book to be this great it has to tick some boxes for me. Did it elicit empathy? Check. Not only did it but it did so in a rare manner where I felt it a
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard science fiction = a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail or both. Just to be sure what are we talking about.

The detailed info about Portia, the jumping spider and Scytodes, the spitting spider are as accurate as they can be, no doubt here. In fact, there is an entire chapter at the beginning with characterizations of both species, which is, after all, fascinating, but non-fiction. So, nothing new. (BTW, all this info about the s
I loved this book! It's got an arrogant and brilliant scientist (Doctor Avrana Kern), an ark ship full of desperate humans, who are a remainder of a dead Earth looking for a new planet, a deadly AI guardian/god, and an amazing bunch of spiders.

I think it takes some skill for an author to get past my automatic heebie jeebie response to spiders and instead have me cheering their every little development, and worrying at their every setback. I liked the recurring use of specific individuals and the
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an adventure!

My, my. This one is not easy to write about, no it's not. It came out the same year that Mount Char literally MOVED me. I mean, upon finishing it, it felt like someone had picked me up, and then dropped me, that's how intense the book was for me ... continues to be so, still. It was also the year The Fifth Season entered my life. This book? Children of Time? It passed me by somehow ... until now. :)

This book. It feels like reading something on a gigantic scale. By that, I refer
Paul O'Neill
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read. Truly creative. Sentient spiders anyone?

Highly recommended and the best sci-fi book I've ever read.
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Ah, who am I kidding? I actually read this thing weeks ago. Not a fan, sorry Carol. I may elaborate further, if I ever attempt to catch up on reviews.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children of Time finds the last survivors of the war-ravaged human race travelling through space on an ark ship, seeking out planets that had been terraformed for human habitation by a long dead interstellar empire. Eventually they find what should be a perfect home; except it is defended by an insane AI whose scientist forbear had inadvertently uplifted the planet's spider population to sentience.

From this whacked out setup (which I fully admit relies on a teensy bit of hand-waviness at the get
What can you say about a book that spans eons, traverses across the galaxies, has no likeable human characters, and has a very cynical view of mankind? In my view you say "Brilliant!!" This one for me pushed all the buttons. There was a sense of wonder and creativity and empathy and social commentary and of course some humor (though sparse) and TALK about a different perspective!! I loved this!! It was packed with reminders for me as to why I gravitate towards science fiction. Frankly it's been ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This is us."

One of the more interesting and well-executed sci-fi ideas, Children of Time offers a truly epic tale which packs an unexpected emotional punch. The writing is at times dry and textbook-like, but this is balanced with moments of such raw emotion that I can easily forgive this. The clinical writing serves to make the alien 'alien', but Tchaikovsky finds ways to flip this instantly, letting us see ourselves in something other in moments of startling realisation. This is a book I know
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Don't you love those years where you think that you have read the best books of the year already, and then in December one book comes along and BLOWS THEM ALL OUT OF THE WATER!!!!

Its difficult to condense this extraordinary tale that spans thousands of years, into a single paragraph. Also, I don't want to give anything away because it will spoil it. So ill be as simple, and as vague as possible. Humans go out of the solar system to colonise other planets. Things don't exactly go to plan. There
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Earth was dying long ago in war and pollution. A scientific mission terraformed a couple of planets, one of them with the target to uprise monkeys in a closed environment using nanocytes. The experiment went wrong and right at the same time: The monkeys never landed, but the nanocytes formed other lifeforms on the planet – spiders, ants, and beetles. The novel follows the accelerated rise of their cultures through exemplary vignettes.

In a concurrent plot, one human stars
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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