I had been wanting to read Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke for a while now. I’ve heard reviews from several friends that told me it was a pretty excellent science fiction book. Yes, it was another book on my reading bucket list, and it is now crossed off.
This story was a pretty great telling of how the human race would end. It blends the esoteric with the science of the mind along with mythology and a future that isn’t so far out of the realm of possibility.
That’s not to say it was all great, though I did give it five stars. There were a few places where I felt inundated with information, all loaded on me at once, but there was a purpose to this. Mind you, this book is around 220 pages long and has to explain an expanse of history around a hundred years in length. I think the thing I liked the most was seeing the climax of the book and how it all came together, as well as alien planets. One of my favorite books of all times is A Wrinkle in Time, and in that book I loved how L’Engle wrote the alien planets. Childhood’s End is no different, and in fact allowed my mind to sore to knew places that could very well exist, somewhere out there.
In all, I would highly recommend Childhood’s End for any sci-fi fan. The funny thing is I love Arthur C. Clarke, but realize now I don’t think I’ve read anything by him. I credit him all the time with Planet of the Apes, but for some reason feel that’s wrong, which it is wrong. So, this is the first book of his I’ve read, and it certainly won’t be the last.