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Review: Children of Time

Children of Time

Children of Time coverAuthor: Adrian Tchaikovsky;
Genre: Science-fiction;
Format: Audiobook;
Narrator: Mel Hudson;
Publisher: Audible Studios (2017);
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5).

Publisher’s Description:

“…An 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?”

©2016 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2017 Audible Ltd

This is the second time I’ve attempted this book in audio format, and the second time I’ve given up on it. I was perhaps 35 percent into the story this time, and still not engaged in the plot or any of the characters. Giant, sentient spiders just don’t appeal to me, and the humans aren’t much better. I understand the concept and appreciate that Tchaikovsky evolved the species for a reason, honest. But this just didn’t do it for me.

I just listened to his novella Made Things and enjoyed it, so I’m not giving up on the author, just this book.

Narration by Mel Hudson was excellent.

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