Title: Children of Time
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publisher: 2018, Orbit
Blurb: 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 its 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 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?
“You’re right, there’s too much at stake. There’s everything at stake. Bring it down.”
So, this book, friends.
I think I have to start of this review by saying that I think this book is probably much better than I’m going to say it is, first and foremost. But I read it during a reading slump
(or the reading slump was created by it, no one can know), so I just sorta…felt like I slogged through it, even though I particularly loved the first 100 pages and thought the last 100 were fantastic?
Perhaps it’s because I thought this book was going to go in a different direction than it did? Like, when we open up with Avrana Kern, I was so fascinated by her. When she…ends up in the situation she ends up in, I was completely terrified. Like, I had nightmares about being stuck in the the same situation and I just had no idea how she was going to get through it. I was so fascinated by her and her story and I just couldn’t wait to continue her story.
And then we switch to Portia and Holston.
Both very interesting stories in their own right. Both who captured my interest immediately. Both who, throughout the middle of the book, I thought we could have trimmed about half of that middle 400 pages to get to those last 100 pages, and I might have enjoyed this book a bit more.
Or maybe if I hadn’t read it during a slump, which is definitely an influencer of how you perceive a book, so don’t let anyone tell you differently.
But, I guess I just wanted a story about Avrana Kern overcoming betrayal and that isn’t what this story is about. And I can’t really fault a book for not being what I wanted when that’s not what the book is intended to be and I just misinterpreted where I thought the first 100 pages were leading us to?
I mean, I really enjoyed the ending, though. I was definitely intrigued with what was going on and how on Earth (heh) this could possibly be resolved. And the way it was totally threw me for a loop, because I didn’t expect it at all.
I also really enjoyed the writing. When I was able to shake off the slump, I read this book in chunks of 100+ pages, easily. It flew effortlessly and I thought the writing was quite beautiful. There were also a few moments, towards the end, where I found certain line to be particularly poignant and really hit me in the feels. Like the line I quoted above. Or this one, here:
Like, I definitely got chills reading that, because in context, you’re just like, “Holy shit.”
So, this book was an okay read for me, but I didn’t fall in love with it. But that’s completely on me, not on the novel. There is no doubt how impressive of a writer Tchaikovsky is. I definitely plan to read the second novel, Children of Ruin. I’m curious to see where this goes. And if you enjoy science fiction of any kind, I believe this is a must-read novel. Personally, I think I just need to read a few more books that are a little bit more up my alley (as I only really dabble more in sci-fi, though I’m starting to enjoy the genre more and more!) before returning to this dense, impressive tale.