Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 809 Ratings


Adrian Tchaikovksy's award-winning novel Children of Time, is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

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? Span


  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Priddyfishy
    The most imaginative story I have read in years.
  • Fast read!

    By Bored23432
    Although the premise of intelligent space-traveling spiders is bizarre, he makes it work with tight narrative that kept me turning pages in order to finish this in one day. Good fast read!
  • A Grand Achievement

    By It Just Works.
    Quite simply the best sci-fi book I’ve read in 30 years. I’ve not added a book to my list of favorites in a decade but do so here. Outstanding in every single way.
  • Unique perspective

    By Ruhdwulf
    Though I thought the story slow to start, it was very rewarding in the end. The solution to conflict between two extremely different life forms was interesting.
  • Webs

    By jcrai890
    Give it time and you’ll soon realize it’s a book about what you think it’s about. You might put it down and think about reading something else. I promise you though this is a book about a lot more than creepy crawlers and has some really really fun things to think about and a few interestingly constructed comments on humanity. I absolutely loved this book.
  • Easily worth $50

    By wanderlust58
    I was left crying at the end of this book, it’s so good. I won’t bore you with details, I want you to experience it yourself. Suffice to say I cried when I finished it, the ending was so impactful.
  • Masterpiece

    By Atomic4444
    Amazing read! Thought provoking and huge in scope and time, this book is on par with science fiction greats like Dune and The Foundation Trilogy.
  • The smartest sci-fi book I’ve ever read (too smart for me) 😵🤯

    By ShootForTheEdit
    Children of Time is a great book in the same way that Schindler’s List or 2001: A Space Odyssey are great movies. They’re no doubt classics, extremely well thought out, depicted in an almost visionary way, and unappreciated until they’re over and you think back on them; but throughout the experience they become often boring and hard to follow. Children of Time suffers from this same problem: great book, if you can get through it. And you really have to be paying attention in order to fully understand it (which I wasn’t). But I still respect, appreciate and recognize it for everything it does. As I said, it does get a little boring and hard to follow, I got kind of tired of learning about all the anatomy and culture of the ants and spiders, but I understood why it was necessary. Children of Time excels pretty much everywhere, but has an especially unique approach to contrast. It puts a heavy focus on evolution, specifically accelerated evolution as one of the storylines follows the indigenous species that have evolved through human uplifting hundreds of years ago (there’s a little more to it, but I’m keeping it basic here, I’m not joking when I say the story is complex), which is why all the anatomy and culture are so important. During which, its portrayal of non-human main characters is so good, you almost forget that they’re not human. At the opposite end of the spectrum, another storyline has you following the few humans remaining in the galaxy as they begin to descend into barbarism out of desperation to survive while searching for a new home planet (again, there’s a little more to it). I love the multiple storylines and how they ultimately converge, the concept of human meddling and mortality, and the sense of what it means to be left behind in the grand scheme. With the sheer complexity of its story, the themes it tackles, and the uniqueness in which it does it, Children of Time is highly ambitious and epic in its scope and time-scale. Definitely check it out if your up for some heavy reading.
  • Unique and interesting read

    I had no idea what to expect from this book but I found the concept fascinating. An excellent sci-fi novel that I would recommend to anybody interested in the genre
  • Humans bad, spiders good.

    By Loopless
    That about sums it up. The ending was pretty much signaled some chapters before the end. Much more ‘character development’ of insects and spiders than the humans who seemed like caricatures.