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From the author of the thrilling science-fiction epic Children of Time, winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Christopher Paolini described Adrian Tchaikovsky as 'one of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction'.

Shards of Earth is the first high-octane instalment in the Final Architecture trilogy. 

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery...

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans ­such as Idris - who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared, and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects - but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it.

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©2021 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

What the critics say

"Brilliant science fiction." (James McAvoy on Children of TimeI)

"Full of sparkling, speculative invention." (Stephen Baxter on The Doors of Eden)

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Eugenics

Doing the apology of eugenics is not acceptable. Point bar.

No idea how this book is rated any favorably.

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Probably a good book but can't finish

This is probably a great book.. but the narration is like being read a story from siri or a robot. Hard listen. I want to finish but I can't. The lack of emotion and drama confuses scenes and blurrs the story making it boring. Sorry, but just can't finish it. I'm sure it's a good book though based on what I did listen to.

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  • Andrew Ford
  • 2021-06-08

A Bingeable Space Opera

An excellent first installment in a new trilogy from Adrian Tchaikovsky. I've listened to Adrian's other sci-fi Series (Children of Time and Children of Ruin) and while I very much enjoyed the epic nature and inter-species perspective of those works, Shards of Earth is much more relatable.

This novel, whilst taking place on an Epic scale with the extinction of humanity as a potential outcome, makes itself accessible by it's character-driven focus on the crew of a salvage vessel as they become embroiled in politics and war through the unintended consequences of their actions. Sophie Aldred as narrator carries the performance well, managing characters of all genders with equal aplomb.

I will be eagerly awaiting the second novel in this trilogy, which will be an instant-purchase for me. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys space opera or has read Adrian's previous works.