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The Children of the Sky

Book 3, Zones of Thought

Vernor Vinge

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Description

After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable bestselling novel A Fire Upon the Deep.

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.

One of Library Journal's Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 01, 2011 – The sequel to Vinge's Hugo Award–winning A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) undergoes a jarring but effective change in scope. On a distant planet, 10 years after creating a technology-crippling "slow zone" to defeat the encroaching Blight, Ravna Bergsndot and the surviving cryo-frozen Children attempt to rebuild a civilization with the help of the telepathic, doglike Tines. Their efforts are stymied by hostile Tines and humans skeptical of the Blight's menace. Vinge has brilliantly shifted gears, offering a postsingularity novel in which the singularity has been destroyed and the formerly advanced humans struggle to cope. Vinge throws in political intrigue and even a road trip (complete with characters going incognito as circus performers), and the resulting low-tech tale is a sharply crafted masterpiece. Fans should forgive the shift in subgenre and lack of recap, but will likely chafe at the frustrating ending, which makes it clear that this is the middle book in a trilogy.

Customer Reviews

Good read with an upbeat "civilization lost" theme

While important to note that this novel certainly would benefit from a familiarity with the world found in the prior novel, Vinge has nonetheless created a work that can stand on its own and pull a new reader in. With an upbeat tone throughout, Vinge focuses more on the robust and comprehensive human-alien interactions and relationships than on detailing every aspect of the background technology that underpins the premise.

The result is a novel that explores the sometimes brutal confrontation between naïveté and cynical real-politik both for individuals and for the goals of a society on the brink of evaporation.

Imaginative and interesting, The Children of the Sky is a good read for both sic-fi readers and general audiences.

A good read! Lousy ending.

After reading such a long book with such a intricate plot and captivating story, the ending was a total disappointment! I just finished the book and wish I did not waste my time as there was no conclusion, the book just stopped. I would have been satisfied even if a kinetic energy weapon from the blight wiped all life off the Tine world.

It is entertaining to the next to last page. Then make up your own ending because Victor could not come up with one.

The Children of the Sky
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: High Tech
  • Published: Oct 11, 2011
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 250 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, Zones of Thought
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