Children of Memory: Children of Time, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 25 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 24 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #767 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Technothrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#9 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#14 in Hard Science Fiction
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Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of my favourite authors. I've liked all the books of his that I've read, except for this one.
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Detective/Police Procedurals are like Fish and chips, you know what you’re going to get and it’s ultimately satisfying.
Comedies are McDonald’s, fun at the time but not that memorable.
1984 is a Sunday Roast, A classic that everyone should try.
Children of Memory is so much more than just a meal, it’s a full-on menu of overly complicated, Michelin stared, fine dining. With amuse-bouche between every course, foams, reductions and tweels.
When all you really want is Steak and Chips Sci-fi.
It rambles and rambles on, never quite getting to the point, all the while Adrian is dazzling and confusing us with more synonyms than Roget’s Thesaurus.
I really enjoyed Children of Time and Children of Ruin, I’m afraid I didn’t enjoy Children of Memory anywhere near as much.
My first encounter with Tchaikovsky’s work was Dogs of War back in 2018, and to say it blew me away is putting it mildly. Shortly afterwards I finally gave in to peer pressure and cracked open my copy of Children of Time and once again, my mind was blown. This book, Children of Memory is the third in the Children of Time trilogy, and Tchaikovsky is still leaving me speechless, still blowing my mind with his writing.
This time around, the story centres on a failing colony of humans, though as the story unfolds, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems on the world Imir.
I think the best way to describe the narrative in this book is as a snow-globe. You can see the scenery inside the globe, but in almost every other chapter Tchaikovsky picks up the globe and gives it a good shake, completely changing the view, and re-writing everything we think we know about what’s going on. Right up to the last maybe forty or fifty pages, he keeps you guessing, keeps pulling away one curtain after another, until the final reveal leaves you breathless and awestruck.
I want to say this might be his best work to date, or at the very least the best I’ve read so far. It left me with the same sense of amazement I got from Children of Time, and took me on a similar emotional roller-coaster to Dogs of War. It’s definitely my number one book of 2023, and I will never grow tired of recommending this entire trilogy to people.
On the planet Rourke we discover the human settlers all dead and the planet in the stewardship of smart Ravens. Not quite as enigmatic as the octopodes, but probably more entertaining, they introduce the main theme of this work. What is sentience.
The Ravens claim not to be sentient, they also claim that after careful analysis no other creature can make the claim to sentience either.
With two crows now aboard the crew, containing a representative of every species encountered so far and the ubiquitous Kern we continue the adventure to discover the fate of another ark ship and its landfall at a partially terraformed planet.
So far so space adventure, but that's about to change.
The survey team enter a strange realm where time and causality appear broken, or glitchy. A small rural town surrounded by a dark, dripping, winter forest, mountains and a cave where a witch is living.
We have entered Holdstock territory. Liff, a young girl tried to make sense of events through her book of fairy stories. Can she trick the witch into undoing the curse and releasing her grandfather ?
This is a really strong ending to the series, there's obviously a lot more ark ships out there, what did they did discover ? And a wider universe full of aliens and wonders yet to be discovered ?
Can Adrian explore this universe with his current cast of characters ? I would dearly like to hear more from the crows but I don't know, everyone seems to have reached a plateau of technological mastery it's hard to see what could challenge them in the end.
And that is the only problem with this book, even though the events are very puzzling you never get the impression anything is going on outside of the capability of the survey team to ultimately sort out.
I was floored at how well the book presented philosophy of mind towards the end, having studied philosophy myself academically for a time I think the example broached by the corvids is the best summation of eliminative materialism put to word.
My biggest gripe with the trilogy as a whole is probably how much of the books feel like empty space bridging the diamonds of speculative biology, psychology and philosophy and this book is not an exception - I found myself speed reading chapters at a time to get to the parts I was invested in.
It's very much worth reading but as a final book in a trilogy it leaves the whole feeling lacking to me, like the universe presented would be better told as a large anthology of shorter stories
A great shame, because Adrian T is a fine and often compelling author. And I paid £9.99 for it, which is a leap of faith...