Children of Ruin Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Children of Ruin follows Adrian Tchaikovsky's extraordinary Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It is set in the same universe, with a new cast of characters and a thrilling new narrative.
It has been waiting through the ages. Now it's time....
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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|Listening Length||15 hours and 25 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||16 May 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,192 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
13 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
24 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
28 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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The characters are rich and detailed and show lovely development over time and through challenges.
Unique shipbuilding and technology.
Complex plotting of the threads as they spread and then tie together again.
Wonderful and will follow this author!
If you loved book 1 you should enjoy this.
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So, I loved the first one, yes it was a little slow in parts and the ending was over too quickly, but overall it was a fun book to read, and I liked the effort the author went to with the descriptions of Portiid society including the spider-centric figures of speech etc. I enjoyed the first book so much I immediately downloaded the sequel and started reading. Okay, what do we have here, another human ship just before the disaster, good start (there's a huge range of great books which could be written from this starting point). What's that, the main character is experimenting with octopuses, octopii, squid things, and and also the uplift virus from the first book.... good, I can see where this is going. But then it quickly starts to suck, it's just far too drawn out, and infuriatingly it keeps jumping back and forth in time for no reason except to draw it out as much as possible. There are just whole chapters full of nothing but filler - you can tell where the plot is going and you are almost shouting at the book trying to get it to hurry up and get there but it just meanders on with irrelevant detail and skipping back in forth in time and perspective. There are some interesting ideas surrounding water dwelling creatures making spacecraft, but apart from that this this book is an underwhelming sequel. Avoid.
Children of Ruin expands well on the story initially told in Children of Time, but still manages to hold onto the things I loved from the first book. I can go on and on about how brilliant the storytelling in Children of Time is, as well as the incredibly intricate way he manages to show an entire culture evolving from primal hunters to a space-faring society. I absolutely loved the way that the spiders were presented and how they evolved in the first book, and was so worried that we wouldn’t get anything as interesting in Children of Ruin. However, he manages to show a similar evolution of a non-human society that doesn’t feel like a rehashing of the Portiid society. I loved the way life was explored, expanded on, and evolved on both Nod and Damascus. I loved that this book had so many horror elements to it. I loved the way the Portiids and humans interacted not only among themselves, but toward a new species. I loved the backstory of the terraformers. Basically, I just loved this book.
We get a good mix of our favourite Portiid descendants — Fabian, Portia, and Bianca — as well as human descendants of the Gilgamesh’s crew. It was so interesting to see how humans and Portiids are still getting to know each other and adjusting to each other’s customs, despite the generations between first contact and their present situation. Seeing them, particularly Helena and Portia, attempt to communicate with each other and with the the new species was just fabulous.
If you liked Children of Time, I really think you’ll enjoy Children of Ruin. Although it feels a lot like the first book in terms of general plot and story structure, Children of Ruin introduces so many new elements and continues to expand and explore familiar themes. Children of ruin combines elements of creeping horror with some of my favourite science fiction tropes — space exploration and first contact. Throw in a healthy dose of linguistics, and you have this absolutely brilliant book.
The story unrolls like a tide, flicking back and forth between two time periods, mixing classic horror/sci fi, linguistics tropes in the vein of Arrival, more insight into the twisted mind of Dr Avrana Kern from the first book, and a unique take on a whole new species. It weaves together four different perspectives seamlessly, but that split focus means it doesn't quite have the same impact as Children of Time, or as devastating an ending, but nothing ever will. It doesn't matter - Children of Ruin is a masterpiece. I read it over a weekend and immediately went back to read Children of Time again.
I also enjoyed the subtle nod to the ship naming in the Culture novels. When the ship names first appeared the smile that spread across my face was like greeting an old friend. I miss Iain M. Banks so much!
I have a sneaky feeling that Adrian Tchaikovsky is slowly fulfilling my Culture novel hunger.