Expert System Series by Adrian Tchaikovsky
I have read lots of books by Tchaikovsky. They have been amazing, intellectually demanding experiences and very, very long books. This book is good, not as difficult to get into, but for me, a bit less rewarding than his Children of Time series.
The Expert System's Brother
This is where we are introduced to the world. For quite a lot of the book, I was wondering if I had accidentally starting reading a book by a different author. This was a slow burn and took awhile to get interesting. I enjoyed the bit of confusion I had reading until things started to reveal themselves. It's a strange story. It's about a planet with people who live in close symbiosis with a tree and wasp hive. They care for each other. They are human, but not quite. It's an odd planet.
Rating: ★★★ Book #58 in my #ReadingChallenge2021
The Expert System's Champion
This one jumps ahead 10 years from the first one, and continues the story of the brother and his sister with their tribe. There is almost continuous conflict in this book. The revelation of what the planet is, and some of the things that inhabit the planet reminded me that I was reading a Tchaikovsky book. I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first one, but the first one needed to be read to enjoy the second.
Both these books were excellent but I would say they are Tchaikovsky's lighter works. I imagine his publisher might have pushed him a bit to make some more accessible books for readers. These certainly were accessible, and short. They were a fun ride but really left me wanting more...well more of his Children of Time series.