A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?
This is an Arthur C Clarke 2016 award winner. It also appeared on special offer in an Audible sale. With those two things going for it, i took a gamble. What a gamble? Simple, i had never read anything by Adrian Tchaikovsky before. I had no idea if i would like his writing, his storytelling, if this was part of a series etc. The synopsis sounded good enough for me.
The book started off in the typical manner - humans being humans and destroying themselves. They needed to expand out, to find a new world that they could settle on. There was one planet, a planet that was being investigated when the war broke out. It all sounds like many stories that i had read about the humans colonising space. I must admit, i was a little disappointed that this would have won an award.
Then there was a chapter on Spiders. What was that about! It was a great chapter, and i really enjoyed it, but what did this have to do with the main story. Next chapter, back to the humans.
The spiders returned, but this time they had evolved a little, but the name was the same. OK, Spiders must be a thing in this book. And they are. They are telling the story from a perspective that i have thought of before - from the spiders point of view.
The alternating chapters spiraled until they collided with very interesting outcomes. THIS was why this book won the award, and in my mind, it deserved this. Adrian Tchaikovsky managed to make me connect with a spider. That is very impressive. They story was very well written, if a little confusing at the beginning. The story gripped me from start to end, and the main characters in the books, both spiders and humans, were well thought out and connectable.
The book was narrated by Mel Hudson. I have not listened to any of her books in the past, but she did a good job on this story. I listen to books at 1.5 the normal speed, and this made it sound normal. At normal speed, she came across as a little slow in the speech.
The production quality was high, and there was no annoying noises in the background (such as swallowing, and shuffling papers).
This was a great listen/read and I would highly recommend this book, unless you really hate spiders - if that is the case, then this will be your worse nightmare.