Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 976 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


  • Original

    By lucious89
    Excellent… Original thinking. As interesting as Asimov’s Foundation.
  • Brilliant and Engaging

    By ethandoss
    Masterfully built allegory that engages and challenges the reader. Not since lord of the flies have I read as poignant of a story related to current times.
  • Absolutely Amazing!!!

    By VanLuner83
    Such an imaginative, incredibly descriptive, wonderful piece of science fiction artwork! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!! Loved it.
  • Perfection

    By Gggldrk
    Loved it from start to finish.
  • Outstanding Tale of the Clash of Two Cultures

    By Fastprof
    This is one of the best science fiction novels I have ever read. No plot spoilers in this review, but the interwoven tale of the development of life on a terraformed world and its inevitable clash with humanity is simply breathtaking.
  • Phenomenal story

    By Jmgyellow
    I will avoid all manner of spoilers and simply say that this book is the optimistic counter-response to the dark forest explanation of the Fermi paradox. A fantastic journey that manages to not only tread new science fiction ground, but also engage in deeply interesting world building. I highly recommend all read this.
  • A Great Tale

    By Maxxxsushi
    Imagine the roles were reversed and humans are the invading force over sentient beings that evolved BECAUSE of humans. How imagine the fear, the base level programming of humans, the attempt to save humanity and not knowing a thing about the other side. Imagine how evened a species must be to not only understand their creators, but use the very thing they created against them…to ultimately save them. This is a world-class story and clearly an award winner for a reason. Highly recommend this to anyone who loves sci fi, but has a keen interest in understanding what humans are all about.
  • Absolutely fascinating and original!

    By Sam112672
    This is a unique science fiction perspective that is masterfully written and challenges the reader to try to put it down. I found myself saying “just one more chapter”. This is the stuff of an instant classic.
  • 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!