Childhood's End

Clarke, Arthur C.

Paperback - 1987
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Childhood's End
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


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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.

Oct 12, 2013
  • Gandalf_IRL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An incredible story of what might happen if an extraterrestrial civilization, far more advanced in comparison to ours ever visits our planet. So many stories have been derivative in regards to 'first contact' but this novel brings something new to the table with a seemingly benevolent extraterrestrial race brining Utopia to the citizens of Earth. Or are they? What their ulterior motives?

(slight SPOILER) The scene where the alien race reveals their identity to mankind was truly an exciting moment. (end SPOILERS)

Definitely recommend this novel to any Sci-fi enthusiast!

Apr 08, 2013
  • drok77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow. I'm never going to forget this book. I don't have anything more to say. Just read it.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An unusual conception of mankind's first contact with alien Overlords, a sketch of utopia, and a mystical induction into the cosmic community that makes Earth seem so very small.

Dec 04, 2012
  • StephenB rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good stuff, a genre classic that remains redable and interesting. Haven't read Clarke in a long time; it was intersting to revisit this book after about 40 years. Stimulated me to go out and get a couple of his other books.

Feb 26, 2011
  • RichardPaul rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Childhood's End----
by Arthur C. Clark c - 1953----

Excellent Story!, I read the hole thing in one sitting.----


It is a fantastic story: which of course you might find yourself.----



Oct 23, 2008
  • Dylan J. Knoll rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the few books that has made me laugh out loud. A great read that is hard to put down.


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

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Oct 20, 2012
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Oct 29, 2013
  • Gandalf_IRL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"There was no mistake. The leathery wings, the little horns, the barbed tail - all were there. The most terrible of all legends had come to life, out of the unknown past. Yet now it stood smiling, in ebon majesty with the sunlight gleaming upon its tremendous body, and with a human child resting trustfully on either arm."

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"It is a bitter thought, but you must face it. The planets you may one day possess. But the stars are not for man."


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