Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is quite striking in its scope and imaginative power. Over hundreds (thousands?) of years the reader follows two parallel stories: the journey of the survivors from earth seeking a new home, and the evolutionary development of a race of spiders (accidentally) seeded on a life-ready planet by an Earth scientist. The book climaxes with their inevitable meeting and conflict.

I am not sure I like this book – it is fairly grim and dark and at times has a ‘horror’ edge too it. But it certainly powerful story-telling.

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