The Children of the Sky

The Children of the Sky

Book - 2011
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"Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them--and among the humans--who seek power...and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed. On a world of fascinating wonders and terrifying dangers, Vernor Vinge has created a powerful novel of adventure and discovery that will entrance the many readers of A Fire Upon the Deep. Filled with the inventiveness, excitement, and human drama that have become hallmarks of his work, this new novel is sure to become another great milestone in Vinge's already stellar career. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312875626
0312875622
Branch Call Number: SciFic Vinge
Characteristics: 444 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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JackPurcell
Oct 02, 2016

Struck me as a strikeout.... couldn't find the interest to read past the first 25 pages.

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rslade
Sep 20, 2014

I still like Vinge, but this attempt to produce a series seems to be restricting his creativity.

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BryanSeattle
Oct 10, 2013

I was disappointed by this book. A Fire Upon the Deep was one of the most imaginative and thought-provoking science fiction books I've ever read. A Deepness in the Sky was also fantastic even though it was a notch below A Fire Upon the Deep in my opinion. Both of those books were full of ideas and mulit-layered plots that were as surprising as they were original. But The Children of the Sky, while well-written and pretty good on its own, is not even close to being as good as either of its predecessors. Part of the problem is that Vinge boxed hiimself into the world he created in A Fire Upon the Deep and doesn't bring anything really new into the plot. Rather, it's basically a linear, straightforward story. And I admit that I'm bothered by the ending which so clearly calls for a sequel. He should've just written another couple hundred pages and finished the story. Both of the other books in this what now looks like at least a quartet are very good as stand-alone reads; this one leaves a very big piece of a major plotline that started with A Fire Upon the Deep awaiting a much-needed resolution.

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gstark123
Jan 18, 2013

Terrific follow-up to the huge Fire In The Deep.

Excellent in every way.

Wow!

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jenevold
Aug 08, 2012

Fascinating exploration of pack minds--more detailed than previous.

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