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Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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it was amazing

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 go) comes one of the most entertaining and compulsively readable sci-fi novels I've torn through in the last few years, and one that doesn't skimp on the thought-provoking either.

I did have an issue with Tchaikovsky's use of perspective in some of the spider-based chapters. Occasionally he shifted from a tight third person, way way back into a very omniscient third, so omniscient in fact that he was conferring information in terms that directly addressed a 21st century readership: sudden swings from moderately immersive writing to immersion so low it was practically underground, and then back again. Perhaps he felt the spider world was so alien a concept to readers that special exceptions were required, but for me the effect was distracting, and only had the off-putting effect of "othering" the spider civilization, when my empathy and investment in their narrative was fully engaged.

But in the end I had so much fun reading this book it was a forgivable misstep. Really, this is a must read.
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Reading Progress

February 28, 2016 – Started Reading
February 28, 2016 – Shelved
March 6, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Basia Great review. I'm starting to see what you meant re the omniscient 3rd person perspective. Nice catch. I was at a loss how to put that into words yet. About a third in. WOW, what a BOOK!!!


Gary Thanks Basia!


carol. "From this whacked out setup (which I fully admit relies on a teensy bit of hand-waviness at the get go) comes one of the most entertaining and compulsively readable sci-fi novels I've torn through in the last few years, and one that doesn't skimp on the thought-provoking either."

Love this! Perfect and true.


Gary Thanks, Carol!


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