A superb example of what science fiction can achieve. Tchaikovsky takes us on two different journeys, and deftly interweaves the story threads in a way which would make a spider envious.CoT

We’re shown one species slow ascent to consciousness and technology, while another struggles through a chaotic journey, never able to leave the mistakes of their past.

Several different styles of conflict are shown, making the book compulsive reading. At the same time there’s enough substance in the novel’s concepts to let the reader engage every part of their mind.

Spiders or humans? Tick one box only.