Joel Brent, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Joel Brent)
Yes, it is a different format of story, under the same universe as the two previous books, but much more than just an exercise or nostalgic revisit. It may not satisfy the itch for those seeing out an 800 page epic, but is still a fantastic read.
Robert McCullough, June 17, 2011 (view all comments by Robert McCullough)
Children of the Sky is a 400 page short story -- excellent in its way, but quite a step below the breathtaking creativity of the Fire in the Deep and Deepness in the Sky. Readers will be checking -- as I did -- Vernor Vinge's age to see if he will live long enough (he write about one book in this series per decade) to return to the main theme.
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by Publishers Weekly,
"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. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
After nearly twenty years, Vernor Vinge has produced an enthralling sequel to his memorable bestselling novel A Fire Upon the Deep.
In Children of the Sky, 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, Children of the Sky is sure to become another great milestone in Vinges already stellar career.
One of Library Journal's Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011.
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