Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 918 Ratings


Adrian Tchaikovksy'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? Span


  • Phenomenal story

    By Jmgyellow
    I will avoid all manner of spoilers and simply say that this book is the optimistic counter-response to the dark forest explanation of the Fermi paradox. A fantastic journey that manages to not only tread new science fiction ground, but also engage in deeply interesting world building. I highly recommend all read this.
  • A Great Tale

    By Maxxxsushi
    Imagine the roles were reversed and humans are the invading force over sentient beings that evolved BECAUSE of humans. How imagine the fear, the base level programming of humans, the attempt to save humanity and not knowing a thing about the other side. Imagine how evened a species must be to not only understand their creators, but use the very thing they created against them…to ultimately save them. This is a world-class story and clearly an award winner for a reason. Highly recommend this to anyone who loves sci fi, but has a keen interest in understanding what humans are all about.
  • Absolutely fascinating and original!

    By Sam112672
    This is a unique science fiction perspective that is masterfully written and challenges the reader to try to put it down. I found myself saying “just one more chapter”. This is the stuff of an instant classic.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Priddyfishy
    The most imaginative story I have read in years.
  • Fast read!

    By Bored23432
    Although the premise of intelligent space-traveling spiders is bizarre, he makes it work with tight narrative that kept me turning pages in order to finish this in one day. Good fast read!
  • A Grand Achievement

    By It Just Works.
    Quite simply the best sci-fi book I’ve read in 30 years. I’ve not added a book to my list of favorites in a decade but do so here. Outstanding in every single way.
  • Unique perspective

    By Ruhdwulf
    Though I thought the story slow to start, it was very rewarding in the end. The solution to conflict between two extremely different life forms was interesting.
  • Webs

    By jcrai890
    Give it time and you’ll soon realize it’s a book about what you think it’s about. You might put it down and think about reading something else. I promise you though this is a book about a lot more than creepy crawlers and has some really really fun things to think about and a few interestingly constructed comments on humanity. I absolutely loved this book.
  • Easily worth $50

    By wanderlust58
    I was left crying at the end of this book, it’s so good. I won’t bore you with details, I want you to experience it yourself. Suffice to say I cried when I finished it, the ending was so impactful.
  • Masterpiece

    By Atomic4444
    Amazing read! Thought provoking and huge in scope and time, this book is on par with science fiction greats like Dune and The Foundation Trilogy.