Children of Ruin (Children of Time #2) ★✬☆☆☆

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Title: Children of Ruin
Series: Children of Time #2
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 480
Words: 155K


A terraforming ship of humans discover 2 worlds and begin terraforming one of them. Then the great catastrophe from Old Earth strikes and they barely survive. One of the scientists plays god with octopi and has them taking over one of the world. The other world ends up being the host of a organism that takes over everything it comes into contact with. It reaches the Octopi world and drives them into space.

Where a spaceship from the Human/Spider coalition find them. And everybody tries to communicate with everybody else and succeed and way in the future everyone is one giant happy family of sentient beings.

My Thoughts:

If this hadn’t been by Adrian Tchaikovsky, I would have DNF’d this at the 50% mark when I made my Currently Reading post. As it is, he is now off my list of “must read” authors.

This was boring. This wasn’t fun. This felt like him playing with himself and his “clever” idea about how sentient octopi might communicate. If you’re into that kind of thing, then have at this book. You go play with yourself, you sicko. But for everyone else, kick this to the curb. I was severely disappointed in this even though I thought I had set my expectations to almost zero. To summarize, this was fething stupid and I hated it.

Children of Time is an excellent standalone book that didn’t need a sequel nor should it have had one. This book, Children of Ruin, was a disgrace and a slap in the face. How could the same guy write this drivel AND the excellent Private Life of Elder Things? It just boggles my mind.

What else boggles my mind is praise and acclaim this seems to have accrued to itself. Doesn’t anyone have standards and principles anymore? I hate the publishers for pushing for a sequel. I hate Tchaikovsky for writing a sequel. I hate the fans for enabling a sequel. I sentence them all to the eternal stygian darkness!

So there.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

61 thoughts on “Children of Ruin (Children of Time #2) ★✬☆☆☆

  1. It seems Czajkowski sometimes has better openings than conclusions… I hated the ending of Shadows of the Apt for similar reasons. Well, I already have the hardcover, I usually buy his books as soon as they’re published, I’ll have to read it one day and judge for myself 🙂

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  2. This sounds amazing and I can;t wait to read it….NOT. I don’t even know what terraforming is, but I think I did it to the ceiling in the spare room. So how may sentient octopi communicate? Go on, spoil it, I won’t be reading this….

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        1. Pony up, Cowboy, and take some responsibility for yourself. That’s what Hanks would have done.
          And he would have hunted down the publishers of this travesty and given them Final Justice.


                1. No, you are my cook, Or, you are supposed to be. After the fiasco of the skull goblet the other night though, I’m seriously considering whether I’ll be keeping you around. Just because your name is Jeeves doesn’t cover enough.

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  3. You think it was mostly the publishers that pushed for the sequel? I am pretty sure we now live in a time where the normal person feels he “must” have it aswell as we have somehow all evolved into entitled octopy… great review man. Sorry this was so bad. At least that TBR has shrunk by a margin?

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    1. I do think it is the publishers and they used their powers of Contract to force Tchaikovsky to produce this. I might very well be wrong though and he was all gung-ho to write this. Either way though, it got the trash tag.

      It actually makes for more work for me, as now I have to be a bit more discerning in whether I pick up books by Tchaikovsky at all after this. Sigh….

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    1. Your review made me happy that not everyone was drinking the Tchaikovsky koolaid.

      I freely admit I used to drink it by the gallon, but now, not so much. Tchaikovsky lost me as a die hard fan with this book 😦

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            1. I really enjoyed Sanderson’s early stuff. The first Stormlight Archive book was where I started on a different path, then his YA series made him a non-autobuy. Now, he’s on a case by case. But I never minded his longwinded stuff, probably helps that I like Dickens so much 😀

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  4. Even your overview of the plot, doesn’t sound all that great as a premise. From what I gather, he’s doing the same thing on a different planet with a different species and then bringing the two worlds together? No, thanks. Think I’ll take it off my TBR.

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  5. While I felt disappointed by this book, particularly in comparison with its predecessor, my reaction was more on the tone of “meh” rather than the hellfire fury that comes across from your review. I was bored, indeed, particularly by the octopus evolution that ended up being an uninteresting copy of the spiders’, which I had instead found fascinating…

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  6. I enjoyed this more than you, but I can’t agree more with this: “This felt like him playing with himself and his “clever” idea about how sentient octopi might communicate.” It felt like he had this one interesting idea, but that was about it, and the story he tried to build around it was like he mailed it in.

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  7. I stand by my decision not to read any Children of Time sequel which I consider a redundant money grab, just like all Pirates of the Caribbean movies past the third part 😉 Worse still, I’ve just finished his Bear Head and… the review will be up tomorrow. Suffice to say that I didn’t need Children of Ruin to feel disappointed 😅

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  8. Quite unfortunate to hear (again) how terrible or unnecessary this sequel turned out to be for you. I do hope I have a better time with it once I finally get around to it. Ohhhh how sequels can spell doom for many authors! A bit disheartening to see how his books will no longer be instant-purchases anymore for you though.

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    1. Sadly, I’m not the only one who he has burned with unnecessary sequels. If you read Ola’s review on his “Bear Head”, this type of thing seems to be happening more. Not cool.

      I can’t remember, have you read Children of Time yet?

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