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  • Children of Time, Book 3
  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (796 ratings)

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Children of Memory

By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Narrated by: Mel Hudson
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Summary

From the award-winning master of sci-fi Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of Memory is the unmissable follow-up space opera to the highly acclaimed Children of Time and Children of Ruin.

When Earth failed, it sent out arkships to establish new outposts. So the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carried its precious human cargo to a potential new paradise. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive on Imir, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost.

Then strangers appear, on a world where everyone knows their neighbour. They possess unparalleled knowledge and thrilling new technology – for they have come from the stars, to help humanity’s lost colonies. But not all is as it seems on Imir.

As the visitors lose track of time and memories, they discover the colonists fear unknown enemies and Imir’s own murky history. Neighbour turns against neighbour, as society fractures in the face of this terrifying foe. Perhaps some other intelligence is at work, toying with colonists and space-faring scientists alike? But not all questions are so easily answered – and the price may be the colony itself . . .

Children of Memory by Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies.

©2022 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

One of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction (Christopher Paolini)
Thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable (The Guardian)

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Incredibly disappointing sequel to the series

Considered giving up halfway through and then towards the end but finally decided to persevere and finish the audiobook. I have to say that the story has been incredibly underwhelming. Nothing at all happens until about the last 10% of the book. The story is bland and doesn't reflect the tone of the previous ones at all. It was a big letdown for me as I was really looking forward to another instalment in the series.

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another mind bending entry from Adrian Tchaikovsky

He never fails to entertain and foster intelligent discourse about the nature of human intelligence.

A core theme remains at the heart of this series, that we only have one Earth and it needs looking after. This sad tale of ecological collapse is an allegory for what the coming generations could face if we don't. We don't have the luxury of advanced terraforming or a Kern's World or Porteids to save us from ourselves.

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Confusing and not as unique as the previous 2

Children of time is perhaps one of my all time favourite books, i also really enioyed children of ruin. However this book was different, i found it 'ok' at best.

The book gets very confusing and feels like it builds up just to tell you it has alsmost wasted your time. The ending is good, but i feel it should have been read in the opposite direction almost. It also doesn't really go into any of the other creatures, the book is 75% human centred

loved the 2 non human new additions to this book though, by far my favourite part and the narrations of these 2 was very good.

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A series that became tedious.

I have to say I couldn't finish this book. I managed the first two but this was just so slow and stretched credulity so much that I gave up. The premise of the entire series is, of course, completely daft but that shouldn't necessarily matter. The reader just gets weary of the relentless use of the present tense and the realisation that you don't care about any of the characters.

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A 50 pages content told in 400 with haughty voice

Very little real content, extremely fluffy, with an ending fueled by an 'and here the magic happens' approach. On top of that, the narration was painful, the only way to tell that a different character was 'talking' was by how many octaves higher the voice would go, which was already too high-pitched and haughty from the start. Sorry, this time absolutely not a fan.

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Confusing story

Story which one could’ve hoped was somewhat more relatable to the prequel, however turns out to be very confusing throughout the whole reading

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A disappointment

Whilst the other two books in this series, opened your mind, especially to new insights into the mechanics of evolution, the vast majority of this book seemed incomprehensible, and generally fanciful nonsense. It introduce some quite clever thought-provoking concepts but left me feeling that the book was disjointed.

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Satisfactory Conclusion

The Time series has introduced some great ideas, to me, the big ones have been, “What is human”, “what is an individual”, and finally in this book, “what is intelligence”. We are creatures of our perspectives and experiences and Adrian Tchaikovsky has explored this brilliantly in his Time series

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A poor third in the trilogy

Sadly, this does not compare to the first two. The story meanders and repeats, which is part of the narrative, but it becomes predictable and, alas, a little dull.

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Excellent world building as usual although the story is a little weak

Continues on from the previous books (read those first) and expands in a nice way. As usual his world building is excellent and extremely vivid, but the story and narrative drive are slightly lacking.

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