Goodreads Monday: Children of Time


Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and share it with the world. It’s hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, so be sure to link back to her site so that we can all see what everyone plans to read!



Children of Time (Children of Time #1)
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Science Fiction
600 pages
Published June 2015 by Pan MacMillan

From Goodreads: 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?


I already know the nature of the non-human civilization is in Children of Time, but I won’t spoil it for you if you don’t know and want to be surprised. Suffice it to say that most people (not me, they don’t bother me) find the critters they’re based on to be the stuff of nightmares. I’ve seen three different BookTubers review this, and they loved it. All three said basically the same thing: “I never thought I’d be rooting for _______”. I find the idea Tchaikovsky is working with in this story to be fascinating, especially as it concerns the creatures this book deals with. This is definitely a book I want to get to in 2020.

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