Book Review: Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky


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?


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?



This is the first Adrian Tchaikovsky book I’ve read, and it definitely will not be the last.

This is a fascinating combination of two story strands, where a generation/hibernation ark containing the last of humanity, comes across a terraformed planet from a previous Earth mission.

We have two stories running in parallel and meeting in conflict as the ark looks for a planet to call home, and the guardian of the terraformed planet tries to protect her project.

On the planet below, however, the experiment to develop a new intelligent species on the terraformed planet has taken an unforeseen twist.

As the generations pass – with those on the ship first hibernating and then developing new generations, the planet life itself develops until there is an inevitable confrontation.

This is a great story, involving and intriguing. It is what great science fiction should be, taking an idea and running with it to see what happens.

And what happens is well worth the journey.

Highly recommended.







Published by David Hadley

A Bloke. Occasionally points at ducks.

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