Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 1,181 Ratings


Winner of the 2023 Hugo Award for Best Series! 

Adrian Tchaikovsky'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?


  • Wow.

    By ratherhaveabeer
    Incredible book, unlike anything I’ve read before.
  • Too slow, too far-fetched

    By Lono2013
    The spider chapters stop the action in its tracks. The spider technology is ridiculous and too far fetched. The deus ex machina resolution at the end makes it all more infuriating.
  • Good Read

    By Mollib98
    I loved how different this book is. It really opened my mind on evolution and other cultures/societies.
  • Amazingly Different

    By MrBlanston
    Not what I expected - in a good way. The same tropes you see in most science fiction novels were not here. original. fantastic.
  • Incredible

    By Joelr630
    It’s a sci-fi dream written in a fantastic culminating form. If you are a scientist, do not miss this fictional masterpiece.
  • 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.