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Review | Children of Ruin | Adrian Tchaikovsky

Long ago, Earth's terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and found alien life. Now, humans and aliens fight to survive.

What I liked

✅ The human cast were varied, interesting and complex

✅ Immense world-building of alien and far-flung human civilizations

✅ Deeply thought-out themes of interpretations of life, communication, and humanity

What I didn't like

✖ Under the shiny facade of new characters and new worlds, you expected that I wouldn't notice that this was the SAME PLOT as the first novel?

✖ For an over 50-page stretch, there is literally no dialogue

✖ Dual story over different timelines weighted poorly—literally did not care about the Octopus POV

✖ the bad kind of complex—long, tedious and often boring —the second half of the book just dragged on and on

Rating 2/5 ⭐ Genre: Sci-fi Verdict: Disappointing sequel

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