Series: Children of Time #2
Published by Macmillan Digital Audio on May 16, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
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The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.
Long ago, Earth's terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and made an unexpected discovery: a planet with life. But the scientists were unaware that the alien ecosystem was more developed than the primitive life forms originally discovered.
Now, thousands of years later, the Portiids and their humans have sent an exploration vessel following fragmentary radio signals. They discover a system in crisis, warring factions trying to recover from an apocalyptic catastrophe arising from what the early terraformers awoke all those years before.
This was a truly amazing sequel that not only continued the story of the humans and portids, but introduced two new alien species whose thinking was truly alien. These two parallels made the story very engaging…on one hand, seeing the humans and portids working together as a space-faring civilization, and on the other hand, seeing these completely alien beings doing completely alien things. There was also a great backstory about other early human terraformers. Overall, this story was at the same level or better than the first book, and was great to listen to.
If I had to give it any negative feedback, I would say the portids and humans were somewhat of a back seat in this story, and could have perhaps been developed a bit better.