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Children of Ruin

(Children of Time #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  26,421 ratings  ·  2,444 reviews
The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

Long ago, Earth's terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and made an unexpected discovery: a planet with life. But the scientists were unaware that the alien ecosystem was more developed than the primitiv
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Published May 16th 2019 by Macmillan Digital Audio (first published May 14th 2019)
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Nick Marcouiller Yep, I think the octopod evolution is contained to actions in this book. The (human) evolutionary scientist character is selectively applying the viru…moreYep, I think the octopod evolution is contained to actions in this book. The (human) evolutionary scientist character is selectively applying the virus to successive generations of octopods to bring out their technological understanding and ability to communicate. The difference is the spiders in Children of Time were kind of virus-bombed and left to evolve for thousands of years in isolation.(less)
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Jon Bennett Right...maybe a pointer to the next book in the series?

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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Well well well... took me long enough :P
ARC provided by the publisher—Pan Macmillan—in exchange for an honest review

3.5/5 stars

Children of Ruin retained everything that’s great about the Children of Time by following its predecessor’s footstep really closely.

Although Children of Time worked absolutely well as a standalone, please do not read Children of Ruin without reading the previous book first because this isn’t a standalone sequel. Tchaikovsky builds upon the foundation and ending from Children of Time to expand the universe with
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Not as good as the first one but still awesome! What with spiders I fell in love with <— did I say that out loud?! 🤔 plus other yummy things out there in the great beyond!! I love this author!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2020-reads
“You expand our world. We cure your singularity. Isn’t that a good?”
I do think that Children of Ruin is actually even better than its predecessor Children of Time — more complex, more nuanced, more far-reaching — but it is not as easy to like or to binge as the first book. I am a compulsive binge-reader, and even I needed to get through this one in several chunks. But in the end, in that end that I definitely did not anticipate (after all, I’m human, not Human), it was all more than worth it
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I received this from Netgalley, but this household has already purchased the audiobook.

Let me talk about Adrian Tchaikovsky for a moment: I'm always surprised to find that he's not selling books as though they were hot cakes fresh from the oven. Possibly, because he's so versatile, that not only is each book a completely new adventure, Tchaikovsky switches genres as if it were no big deal.

He's written some brilliant science fiction, an epic high fantasy series that spans ten volumes, but also ma
I admit that I was afraid that this might not have turned out as good ... as brilliant ... as the Children of Time, but now that I've read it, I'm happy to say that I'm very happy indeed.

We left our spider/human crew off to explore new worlds and peoples and guess what they found?

A new world and multiple alien species. :) We have all the goodness of Dr. Kern, her ants, the Portias, and the human crew stumbling face first into a free-for-all (or close enough), reacting very badly to the news tha
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not quite as good as Children of Time but only because that one had the advantage of surprise. Children of Ruin is a little more predictable because it takes us back into the world of terra forming, just on a different planet with a different species.

We join Portia, Bianca, Kern et al on a mission to explore the stars, plus there is a separate timeline introducing a planet being developed by humans which features intelligent (very) octopi. And then we meet another life form altogether and things
K.J. Charles
Aug 24, 2021 added it
Shelves: sf
Somehow this book morphs from sf, to a full-on horror novel with a monster so profoundly terrifying you root for the giant sentient spiders and scream at a knock on the door, to one of the most inspirational uplifting things I've read in ages, and it all makes thematic, plot, and emotional sense throughout. Not quite sure how Tchaikovsky pulled off that level of tone-switching so smoothly but it's masterful.

A tremendous book, definitely best read as a pair with Children of Time. This is what I
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Not as good as the first book.
(How many times has that sentence been written here?)

So, our spider race and Humans from the last book are now out exploring space like the Star Trek gang and they come across a race of octopuses/octopi... whatever.. There is also some other, very dangerous, alien around and basically it's mayhem from the start of this meeting. The octos communicate very differently than the spiders or humans, and the dangerous aliens are looking to kill everything because it's an "
Timed out at page 203. To be continued.

Thoughts: The narrative proved more disjointed than the first; there's a dual story going on with the upgraded humans from the first book, and a team of exploratory scientists who think they might be the last people in their next of the galaxy. It was odd to realize that these were not only separate corners of the universe, but separate timelines.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/05/09/...

Children of Time was my first experience with Adrian Tchaikovsky, and it was like a revelation. This was a book I loved so much, I wasn’t even sure I had room in my heart for a sequel, so I admit when I heard about Children of Ruin, I approached it with no small amount of skepticism and trepidation.

Well, it seems I needn’t have worried, as Children of Ruin turned out to be a very enjoyable follow-up. I’ll also say that whi
Sep 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, 2021
Humans and Portiids agree on these things. Now, after enough time to reflect, she wonders if the octopuses are not happier: free to feel, free to wave a commanding tentacle at the cosmos and demand that it open for them like a clam.

As a follow-up to ‘Children of Time’ – I would hesitate to use the word ‘sequel’ – ‘Children of Ruin’ is both less and more than its predecessor. Less, because I just did not ‘get’ the octopuses (I had to look up that grammar rule that firmly reminds us that the plura
Milda Page Runner
Loved it, but it didn’t blow my mind the way Children of Time did. Something about cephalopods being so hard to understand and communicate with. I think that continuous frustration coloured the mood of the book. (Here is the sentence I’d never thought I would say, but) Spiders are very reasonable and cuddly and easy to get along with in comparison.
There is another side of the story, I’d call it a horror side. The less you know about it the better. That one is brilliant! I’d give it 6* stars
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genuinely, I may have enjoyed this even more than Children of Time (a book I loved so much I made a whole podcast about it - see anchor.fm/time-share). Without going into any spoilers, I will just say:

- All my favorite elements of the first book are here, but still such a fresh variation.
- Just as many twists and turns and unexpected plot lines. I do not know how he does it.
- The answer to any question you probably have about the sequel is "yes".
- Incredibly satisfying in every way.

Please rea
Mayim de Vries
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
“We are going on an adventure.”

Octopodes meet spiders sounds almost like a very bad branch of monsterotica. Especially that there is an odd human added here and there to spice up things.

Before you get all excited: In order to fully appreciate this orgy of imagination you really need to read the prequel. Otherwise, the Children of Ruin with all the glory of overall setting, world building, backstories and more or less obscure references to people and events will be half as interesting and even le
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Does this repeat the plot of Children of Time somewhat? Sure. Does it feel a little too long by the end? Kinda. But did I enjoy the HECK out of it? YES!

Full video review: https://youtu.be/bfJueEngiuU
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Space. The final frontier. These are the ongoing adventures of the space spiders! Yay!

This is the sequel to The Children of Time in which we followed some humans escaping the war on Earth and searching for a potential new habitat for the human race. They found a suitable planet but then there was an accident resulting in a virus on board the human vessel landing on said planet and infecting the local population of arachnids - who subsequently became much more intelligent and therefore advanced f
Children of Time is one of my favourite books of all time and I've eagerly awaited its successor. It didn't disappoint. There's more of what we had in the first novel - more spiders, more Kern - but now there's so much extra on top - octopuses and other things. We're given new worlds to explore, in the past and in the present, and it is all stunningly visual. The characters, whatever their species, are well worth spending our time with. Some sections are actually really frightening. This is engr ...more
Adah Udechukwu
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Children of Ruin is a great novel but it is complex.
It is not the good kind of complex. It is the bad kind of complex.
It is the kind of complex that is long, exhaustive and sometimes boring.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Adrian Tchaikovsky visits the Pan Macmillan publishing office – a play in one scene.

As the scene opens ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY sits in a spacious office, in a chair facing a vast walnut desk. At the desk, in a huge black leather chair and smoking an ostentatiously large cigar, sits middle-aged publishing Executive SEYMOUR BUCKS. SEYMOUR leans across his desk to shake ADRIAN’S hand.

SB: Great to see you Adrian. Can I call you Ades?

AC: Well, it sounds a little like ‘AIDS’, but I guess…

SB: Great. Look, A
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
I have waited for what feels like an eternity for the second book in the Children of Time series by critically acclaimed science fiction writer Adrian Tchaikovsky whose name has become synonymous with epic adventure and high-quality, intelligent SF. Being someone who is terrified by spiders in real life the presence of gigantic sentient spiders was a shock to the system, but after discovering they were a lot more friendly than their Earthly counterparts I realised they were a stroke of genius. T ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In case you wonder over the course of this book, the word octopus has three possible plurals:
Plural 1: the octopuses
Plural 2: the octopi
Plural 3: the octopodes

This book is just so funny, with the jumping spiders and those wacky, overemotional octopi...

I struggled a bit with the latter part of the book. It was hard to follow by audio (aka I kept getting distracted and missed bits and pieces). Maybe (definitely) it was me, audio still sometimes stumps me and my scatter brain wanders off. I mig
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So you think this book is about space octopuses? Partially yes but at its core, it is another Tchaikovsky book determined to imagine other (alien?) intelligence. The main, other intelligence, character in this one isn't the octopuses, although they are a great part of the supporting cast. The real star is a (view spoiler). That was a minor spoiler that you get to learn about fairly soon into the story but I don't wa ...more
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
DNF at 83%... yeah. Okay, I sped up the audio until I hit the last chapter and epilogue, then continued like normal to finish the book... it didn't help, but at least I can consider it properly finished.

Review to come.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
4.5 stars

A worthy sequel to one of my favourite books of all time, Children of Time.

I've spent a lot of time with Tchaikovsky this month, having also read his other new release, Cage of Souls. Both books showcase Tchaikovsky's talent as an incredibly creative and literate writer. The only thing I feel I can ever be assured of with his SF stories is that I never know what I'm going to find between the pages (so to speak, as I read everything on my ereader, but the sentiment remains).

I don't want
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
He did it again!

Does the story of this book has similarities with the first novel "Children of Time"? Yes, it has. Does this bother me? Not the slightest!

Again Tchaikovsky takes an in fiction rather seldomly wrote about species, the octopodes, and shows their evolution using biological specialities of those kind of animals. As with the spiders in book one he stays true to the animal nature of his protagonists and avoids anthropomorphization - which is a rare. This alone is worth 5 stars for me.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Children of Time was an awesome achievement of a book, chronicling the rise of a non-human intelligent species (nano-machine modified portia spiders) over centuries and their eventual contact with humans. It ended with a tantalizing epilogue, skipping another few centuries into the future to the point where humans, spiders and an uploaded partly-organic AI depart their world on a mission of discovery to the stars aboard the Voyager. "Spider Trek" as it were.

The story starts with the deep history
Timothy Boyd
May 11, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book I have read by this writer and EVERY SINGLE ONE has blow me away. Such great plots and ideas make these a true treasure to read. Even though I am sure i would never pronounce his name right I would love to tell Mr. Tchaikovsky how much reading please her has brought me. Very recommended
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the early proof copy.

*Spoiler Free Review*

First let me say; Tchaikovsky's earlier title, 'Children Of Time' is necessary reading to be able to fully appreciate and understand the story this book is telling.

This book contains everything I adored about the first installment. Brains, language, spiders, space travel, technology... All while making subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) comments on topics such as over-population, colonisation, religion, sentience, evoluti
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
TLDR: In my opinion, a must read and worthy sequel to Children of Time.

Like Children of Time, Ruin is a deep dive into the difficulty, and value of intercommunication. The struggle to communicate effectively is illustrated as "first contact" scenarios between the various species of the "Time" lore, but the obvious terrestrial parallels cannot be ignored. Children of Ruin tacitly leaves the reader to ponder humanity's fate.

Children of Ruin, even more so than Time, spends a great deal of time desc
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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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