Children of Earth is an astonishing, science fiction- meta-physical accomplishment. Ms Donovan has managed to write a pulse pounding, post-apocalyptic epic novel that rivals just about anything in it's genre I have ever read.
As people on Earth watch with dread, one planet after another within our solar system disappears. As the best scientific minds on the planet scramble to bolster Earth's defenses, a splinter group within the alien's AI consciousness suddenly realizes that Earth is populated by sentient beings. Faced, suddenly, with a moral dilemma, this group infiltrates the bodies of three humans in order to warn mankind of it's doom.
This is an epic tale involving a huge cast of fully realized characters, artificial intelligence, cowardice, bravery, alien life forms, high-tech space travel, quantum physics, life after death, and streaming consciousness~
It is an awe-inspiring story that will take your breath away.
This is very well written, but, for the sake of honesty, there is one rider- this author decided to write the whole novel in the present tense... admirable (and very, very tricky). I admit that she pulled it off, although to be honest I found myself wishing that I wasn't SO aware of always being in the here and now... there is nothing technically wrong with this approach, but it can be a little dizzying- especially with such a huge cast! I was, because of this, actually tempted to take away the FIFTH star- but I couldn't do it- this story is just too good to quibble about writing styles!
This is just the beginning of a longer story so I am not able to say whether things will turn out alright in the end, but it is such a magnificent tale, I will certainly purchase the next installment to find out for myself.
Bravo- 5 stars!