Shards of Earth - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Shards of Earth

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

  • Release Date: 2021-08-03
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 260 Ratings


The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary space opera about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man's discovery will save or destroy us all.
The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . . Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one of humanity's heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers. After earth was destroyed, mankind created a fighting elite to save their species, enhanced humans such as Idris. In the silence of space they could communicate, mind-to-mind, with the enemy. Then their alien aggressors, the Architects, simply disappeared—and Idris and his kind became obsolete. Now, fifty years later, Idris and his crew have discovered something strange abandoned in space. It's clearly the work of the Architects—but are they returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy hunting for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, that many would kill to obtain.


  • Awesome book

    By Alannnnnnnxcv
    Really enjoyed this one! The world building is great and the action is great.
  • Way Overpriced, Grammatical Nightmare

    By NoahRosenrosen
    The word choice is so consistently poor. I was constantly rereading sentences and even then I had to infer meaning too often. It’s almost like it was translated from a different language. It’s virtually unreadable. Would be fine as a freebie series starter, I guess?
  • Engaging but too much detail

    By Fastprof
    The book is quite a disaster yarn that stretches 5000 years. I appreciated some of the tech detail and the jargon, but it got to be too much in sections of long drawn out prose. (Spoiler Alert) I also found the notion that 7 billion souls on earth handed a Death Sentence would blithely cooperate in saving a few thousand. And, also, that those few thousand would leave Loved Ones behind with barely a few thoughts.
  • Pretty Dang Good

    By dfra51
    Beginning to like Tchaikovsky more. Looking forward to the next volume.
  • Good summer read.

    By greenbert
    Although many aspects of the story brought to mind ‘The Expanse’ series, or maybe because of that, I found this book hard to put down. It’s sort of ‘the Expanse’ written in a parallel universe. Despite being an arachnophobe, I’ve enjoyed pretty much every book AT has written and recommend this along with his other stories.