“The Children of the Sky” by Vernor Vinge (Tor, 2011)

Children of the Sky

The Children of the Sky is the long-awaited sequel to the Hugo Award-winning A Fire Upon the Deep, from bestselling author Vernor Vinge.  Twenty years later in real time, and ten years later on the Tines World, the great war is over and there are some survivors: Ravna Bergnsdot who crash-landed on the planet with a number of human children, as well as a number Tines allies: the strange wolf-like humanoid pack animals after which the planet is named.  More than a hundred human children, who were in cold-sleep aboard the crash-landed vessel, have been saved by Ravna.

But the status quo does not remain, as those hungry for power begin to plan and plot and fight for it, seeking technology to gain the advantage.  Ravna will have to do everything she can to keep protecting the children and keep herself alive in this harsh world of alliances and factions warring for control and power.

The Children of the Sky is certainly not the sort of book you want to pick up for its pretty cover and start reading.  Reading its prequel, A Fire Upon the Deep, is a must to understand just what is going on; the reader may even want to read the other book in the series, A Deepness in the Sky.  Vinge continues with his incredibly complicated world of alliances and populations fighting for control and the reader can become easily lost, if he or she doesn’t stay focused and keep up.  This book is not for the faint of heart; but for those who are committed, it is a worthy reward.

Originally written on January 24, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.

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