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It has been waiting though 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.

Children of Ruin is the powerful follow-up to the award-winning Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky.

©2019 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Debraj
  • 2019-05-18

A brilliant, unique, and mind expanding sequel!

I loved Children of Time mainly because I found the story of the Spiders on Kern's World to be incredibly interesting. Their societal norms, technology, and mythos were wholly unique. The book was a Herculean example of world building, from Kern's world to the failed human empire that inadvertently spawned it.
Children of Ruin, does not disappoint! It expands on the characters you come to love for their unique traits and foibles, and introduces many more!
Mel Hudson's performance is transcendent. She gives every character their own voice and attitude. Her performance is a perfect compliment to Adrian's writing style. I highly recommend this book. It will take you on an adventure ;)

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  • Chase B.
  • Pennsylvania
  • 2019-05-19

Bold, funny, terrifying, hopeful. Excellent!

Great humor, deeply informed /and/ playfully insightful (a special combination), hopeful with a side of cosmic terror. If you've ever been to school for bio or psych you'll enjoy another layer of this, a layer of deliciously integral details that nonetheless does not harm the rhythm and pace of this book.

Like Children of Time this book does not talk down to you, which is awfully refreshing, but I would say it starts off faster. Adrian was courageous in opening our eyes to the local universe, not taking the easy way out by just wrapping up what we know happened at the end of book 1 - Portiad:Human relations.

Mel Hudson constantly mispronouncing the word "cephalopod" was mildly irritating, but I suspect only those of us with a bio degree will be very vexed by that. Still, would it have been that hard to just Google it? An odd tarnish on such a great performance.

Highly recommended all around. This is getting a second listen in the near future, coupled with a third no doubt when the next book comes out.

I discovered Children of Time around a month ago and devoured it in days. I was happy not to have to wait so long for this sequel and it took some discipline not to kill the entire book in a sitting. That said I'm more than happy to wait for Adrian to put out quality over quantity.

What a book!

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  • randall
  • Buffalo, NY and Toronto, ON
  • 2019-05-19

Stunning!

Just amazing! The skill of this author leaves me breathless! Combined with the skill of this narrator just brings me to awe, and sometimes complete reverie and, sometimes, even tears. These two books are an absolute masterpiece!
This story remains one my most favorite of all time! I have recommended book #1 to at least a couple dozen people--I will double that number now with this follow-on conclusion to the story.

God I hope there are more books in this story... Sadly, I am thinking this will be the last.

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  • EQReader
  • 2019-05-18

Great sequel to Children of Time. Delivers!

Same excellent narrator, thank you!

Similar premise--evolution doing interesting things, and nature having a mind of its own. Humans trying to terraform and running into unexpected difficulties.

If you loved Children of Time, you'll enjoy this one too.

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  • Garrett VerBrycke
  • 2019-05-17

Worth the wait!

“Going on an adventure. I am, we are.”

After I stumbled upon the first book of the series I couldn’t wait for the continuation of the story, I blew through this one in about a day and a half. Tchaikovsky did a fantastic job building upon the universe we were left in after the Gilgamesh crash landed and humans with a capitol “H” were assimilated into spider kind.

Mel Hudson is a fantastic narrator and did an excellent job with this one as well. The performance was thoroughly enjoyable and even though the cast of characters was about as diverse as it gets I could still differentiate between them with ease. Fantastic audiobook, I highly recommend