Thursday, 4 June 2015

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Children of Time - Adiran Tchaikovsky

Release Date: 04/06/15
Publisher:  Tor UK


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?


Adrian is an author I discovered when he released his epic Shadows of the Apt series. I loved the way he brought across a complex fantasy world that had such depth with a friendliness in such a way that you felt that you’d actually discovered a new culture all of your own. It’s a feeling other fans have echoed and whilst I will always return to that series as a pleasure read when I’m feeling down, I wanted to see how this new Science Fiction title would work and if it would have not only the same depth but also deliver what I love in a tale, a story of complexity but most of all characters that I want to spend time around.

Here within this book, the reader is treated to all this and more as the reader is treated to a futuristic battle for survival as the planet they seek to call home is in a different state from when Mankind terraformed it many years before. It’s a book that raises questions for us all to answer and as such makes the reader think of their own choices given the circumstances. Well written and as usual a joy to read, I can’t wait to see what Adrian will return with next time.

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