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Childhood's End

Clarke, Arthur C.

(Paperback - 1987)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Childhood's End
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Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins....
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 1987
ISBN: 0345347951
9780345347954

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Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 6/12/2012.

This is the story of what would happen if an alien race took over Earth and it’s humans, if that race gave us peace and prosperity, but took away our children without asking. In this novel, the idea is the protagonist and antagonist, not any one character, not even something like disease is the antagonist.
I have to say I was expecting a little more action. But instead, the people accepted their fate. At first, nothing happens, people have parties, they chat about boring things, and get too used to lots of technology. One man dares to be different, he dares to escape into the stars to find the home of the alien race that controls them. But when he returns to Earth 80 years later, he finds that he’s the last man on Earth. The ending is hard to take. I kept wondering what I would do if I were in his situation, and all I could come up with is that I would go crazy insane without other people.

This was not a book I enjoyed at all. It was a hard read and I had to force myself to get through it, even as skinny as it was. Even so, this book is a classic of science fiction literature, and many people the world over love it. I guess it really depends on what you prefer to read. Just don’t expect action heroes to save the day in the end.

Aug 13, 2013
  • davo1979 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

quintessential Arthur C. Clark wherein humanity transcends... I have been haunted by this book since I read it.

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Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

TeenLibrarianBookReviews thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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