I have to apologise as I completely forgot to write this review fully at the time so you are getting my bear bones review!
I was very excited to receive a copy of Shards of Earth so close after reading Project Hail Mary. While completely different in the genre scale – I was on a roll and needed more science fiction (yes, this review is very late!).
There was a lot I liked about Shards of Earth – I read it quickly and it features a crew on a ship with excellent camaraderie and it has a quest which is a recipe for a rollercoaster read. I loved the characters and getting to know them as they met (and re-met). It did take a while for me to warm to them as a group but that only served to enhance my enjoyment when I did!
What I struggled with was how dense this book is! It is a full on science fiction epic novel and is filled with so much detail I found it a little overwhelming at times. Tchaikovsky has not only written a novel as the first in a series but he has also thought out its entire history and build which is super impressive, I really admired that from the author since it was my first book of his that I was reading.
And it definitely will not be my last Tchaikovsky novel – I have The Doors of Eden to read next!