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Children of Ruin af Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Children of Ruin (udgave 2019)

af Adrian Tchaikovsky (Forfatter)

Serier: Children of Time (2)

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Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it's been waiting for them.… (mere)
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Titel:Children of Ruin
Forfattere:Adrian Tchaikovsky (Forfatter)
Info:Orbit (2019), 608 pages
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Children of Ruin af Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Very interesting take on alien life ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
Tchaikovsky is really good at bringing to life non human consciousness. This time it's octop[uses|i|odes], and it's as good as children of time. ( )
  econads | Nov 7, 2021 |
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An excellent continuation, but the end slows badly and the epilogue jumps jarringly ahead. After devouring the first, this felt plodding at the 75% mark ( )
  Adam_Gugliciello | Oct 26, 2021 |
Ooofff... I'm afraid that this was a bit of a letdown after the exceptional [b:Children of Time|25499718|Children of Time (Children of Time #1)|Adrian Tchaikovsky|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1431014197s/25499718.jpg|45276208] . I was super excited about this one because I have an affinity for octopuses, but this book just never CLICKED for me the way the first one did. It didn't help that there were a lot of times that I couldn't tell exactly where the action was taking place. Not really sure why I had such a hard time with that, but (for instance), there's a point where a group of people leave a place and head to another. I was never totally clear on exactly where they were leaving FROM in the first place, but I thought that I was at least clear on where they were heading TO. Eventually, I figured out that they weren't heading where I thought that they were, which made me question where they were coming FROM and and and... I don't mind it when books make me think or when the plot is challenging - but when I can't even actually FOLLOW the characters (whether that's poor writing or because I'm too distracted, etc) then the frustration that I feel pulls me away from the enjoyment of the book. And then the book gets dinged a couple of stars here :/ ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
*Note: it is a good idea to read Book 1: Children of Time prior to reading this one as it sets up the main species understanding. This series is heavy Sci-Fi oriented re: evolution of species other than Human and Human space exploration.*

First, this is one of my favorite series in the Sci-Fi genre, hands down. I barreled through CoT and immediately started CoR [life got in the way for a while though]. The very concepts Tchaikovsky puts into these novels hold huge interest for me and the evolutionary aspects of species other than Human is amazing. This book centers around Portiid [arachnid] and human exploration of space and other planets from the planet in book one. It simultaneously uses past and present narrative to tell the story of the new species encountered as well as how things for the Portiids and humans are going at the same time.

Some characters are part of the species from book one on Kern’s world; evolved Portiid [arachnid] species descendants and Humans descendants from the original Human exploration unit. Between the two books, Time has passed and evolutionary and scientific advance has been made so the Portiid and Humans can interact and work together. This small unit of Portiid and Human has a unique but understandable dynamic. They interact with each other in a hierarchy built from Portiid society. There is, to a human reader, a reversal of gender domination in this series. These characters each have unique voices and attitudes which Tchaikovsky uses to great advantage.

Other characters are also human voices we’re reading as they are going about their own exploration and science but in past events. Their voices are used to tell the great need for expansion from a human perspective, the excitement of going off into space, despair, hopelessness, loneliness, and much more. One new species encountered is Cephalopods first created by a human scientist. Their story is intertwined with and eventually takes over from the “past humans” to continue forward and interact with the present Portiid/Human narrative. There is another key character that is both interesting and terrifying if you have watched any Sci-Fi movies. This character is We and they are one, they are all, and they are some. They interact with both the humans of the past narrative and the Portiids/Humans/Cephalopods of the present narrative.

The story at its base is a space exploration/first contact story; only, the main species characters aren’t Human. In fact, humans are not the end all be all in this series at all which is refreshing and we aren’t reading about a humanoid version of aliens either. Tchaikovsky has given us a completely different alien to consider. The stakes are intense and you can feel yourself sitting on the edge. Especially in the back half of the book as the four species come together.

The writing is superb. This much science-heavy jargon and explanation would normally go over people's heads but Tchaikovsky has a way of incorporating it and those twenty-dollar words with ease and readability. The smoothness of pacing allows the reader the chance to ponder the science while enjoying the character interactions and dynamics as well as interpreting the action in a way that is exciting.

This is a great series to read IMO if you’re into heavy science fiction or if you’re interested in trying sci-fi with non-human/non-humanoid mains. Enthusiastically recommended!

*All thoughts and opinions are my own. I own a copy of this book.* ( )
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Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it's been waiting for them.

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