Children of Scarabaeus is a science fiction novel with a touch of romance by Australian author Sara Creasy, published by Harper Voyager. Released on. Wow, once this book grabs hold of you, it doesn’t let go. I read the first book, Song of Scarabaeus, and enjoyed it, so I jumped at the opportunity. Children of Scarabaeus (Scarabaeus, book 2) by Sara Creasy – book cover, description, publication history.

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Children of Scarabaeus ultimately fails to deliver more than chuldren sequel. Song of Scarabaeus fans enjoy the resolution to Song’s cliffhanger and scarzbaeus teckie Edie Sha’nim and ex-slave Finn’s continuing struggle for self-determination and freedom against a Crib government finding her sarabaeus valuable and him too expendable.

Both lifelong pawns, they must escape and find a purpose together. Only UF and SF genres allow a “couple” to entertain the notion of separation so frequently or engage such gray c Children of Scarabeaus ultimately fails to deliver more than a sequel. Only UF and SF genres allow a “couple” to entertain the notion of separation so frequently or engage such gray characters, both strengths of Childrenbut while Children does raise some thought-provoking ethical dilemmas with ease, a sequel cannot simply stretch material from the original.

Children should have engaged the audience with scarabxeus questions and experiences. Yet we don’t learn more about Edie and Finn. Edie repeats her complaints from Song ad nauseum, chiodren used, I’m used, I just want to live my own life,” and we discover scaragaeus no, Finn is not a mystery revealed in the sequel, he is just that friggin’ lifeless. We don’t learn anything about him, and saddest of all, he remains the pawn he was in Song all throughout Children.

He’s never his own character, and we continue to see him only through Edie’s microsecond exchanges with him. If Song did not delve into character histories, however, her charm lay in the new perspectives she continually offered on her cast. Are they good or bad? Childrenlackey that she is, just parrots the party line. Again and again she attaches the same descriptors to her characters: That was the biggest disappointment.

Children of Scarabaeus

Villain Natesa remains the shrill monkey on Edie’s back, and she never changes. Nothing’s new, not a setting or character. If they had been, the boring initial chapters of summary, childten dialogue and shipside puttering would have been easily dismissed, even Edie’s romantic hand-wringing.

Song introduced a world of dubious motives, military bureaucracy and contracts, violence, and a futuristic Monsanto-like government. Children tied up loose ends. It could have been so much more. Definitely read the first scarabaehs though.

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Jul 17, Katyana rated it liked it Shelves: I think the key here was low expectations. There’s a quote from Finn that I find to be particularly appropriate, when thinking about what I wanted from this series: Someplace where you don’t feel used or hunted, where you don’t feel like you have to save the galaxy, or someone else’s kids, or even me.


I want to know who you are when it’s just you and me. The first book was fabulous – terrific world-building, a compelling situation, beautiful storytelling. We didn’t have much opportunity to get to know Finn and Edie though.

That was okay, because things were crazy hectic, and it worked out for the story. But at the end of book 1, they were free. And I was desperately looking forward to the next stage. Whether it was fighting a war in the Fringe, or just negotiating with Fringe planets to free their BRATs, or whatever they did, I wanted childreh be out from under the situation where Edie and Finn are basically hostages, with Finn used as leverage to make Edie behave.

Because I wanted to learn who they really were, and I wanted to watch them interact when they weren’t forced to play nice because scarbaeus survival depended on each other. Which made this book disappointing.

It begins with their immediate recapture by Crib, and their situation is pretty much identical to the first book – the only difference is that their captors are the Crib, and their chief tormentor is Natesa a character that I have to say I truly, truly do not understand But Finn’s survival depends on Edie’s good behavior, and any relationship is forced to dance around this core obstacle.

It felt like we were retreading the story from the first book, with very little actual forward movement. And the villain was frankly baffling to me.

I just did not get Natesa. Her actions seemed inconsistent to me, as if Creasy couldn’t decide whether Natesa was motivated by some kind of admittedly dysfunctional maternal feelings towards Edie, or whether she was just a megalomaniac. At times she seemed to be hurt by Edie’s perception of her. This zcarabaeus actually interesting to me, and I wish Creasy had pursued that direction. What if she hadn’t been responsible for all the stuff Edie blamed her for?

The book at times seems to toy with the idea that Edie’s paranoia on that front is a bit extreme Yup, she really is as evil and bitchy and controlling as Edie thought.

And just like that, she becomes a boring, 2-dimensional, mustache-twirling villain.

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It is too bad, because I think that there could have been a much bigger emotional impact had she actually loved Edie in her own, fucked up way.

And Pris was her attempt to do it right. I liked the stuff on Scarabaeus, and I liked the resolution. I just wish there was a third book. I still want to see the story I was expecting here – Edie and Finn on their own, not under anyone else’s scarabqeus or agenda, living lives of their choice. I want to see how they fit together when they aren’t forced together. Mar 27, Keertana rated it really liked it Shelves: The irony is not lost on me that I began this series because it was a duology and am ending it now wishing it was one of those never-ending, seven-and-counting UF Series.

Nevertheless, with just two books, Sara Creasy has managed to make me a wcarabaeus fan.

Although this series can very easily be extended, in some ways, I’m glad my journey with Edie and Finn is ending here. I’d much rather have two books of utter perfection than six of mere average standing. As such, I find myself final The irony is not lost on me that I began this series because it was a duology and am ending it now wishing it was one of those never-ending, seven-and-counting UF Series. As such, I find myself finally saying – as I have not had the pleasure of saying for most of the series that I finish – that Children of Scarabaeus is a heart-stopping, action-packed, and utterly satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable duology.

Children of Scarabaeus picks up directly where Song of Scarabaeus ended, only this time, Edie swiftly finds herself back under control of the Crib. Now, back under the thumb of Natesa with the leash between herself and Finn still very present, Edie has nowhere to run. As such, she is forced to begin work on Project Ardra, the plan that will somehow enable advanced planets to be controlled by the Crib. Yet, as Edie begins to realize, Natesa’s dream project has more flaws than can be controlled.


Natesa is dependent on Project Ardra in order to keep her career, though, and even more people are concerned with Scarabaeus, the planet Edie herself has been tinkering with. In a game of politics where Edie’s life is not her own and her existence as a human is barely acknowledged in favor of her talents, Edie must find a way to free herself, Finn, and the world they live in – or die trying.

As with its predecessor, Children of Scarabaeus is a page-turner. It seems as if Edie and Finn can never catch a breath or even a spare moment of time together, for both are rare and far-between. Yet, as a finale, Children of Scarabaeus succeeds in tying up all loose ends successfully. Each and every decision taken by Edie and Finn brings them closer to a solution and the clever manner in which everything is brought around to a full circle is the epitome of satisfying.

Children of Scarabaeus still manages to introduce us to new characters, each of which make their place in our hearts, but Edie and Finn still steal the show – every time. Even the plot twists, although not wholly unexpected, are surprising and the depth of world-building, of creativity, and of knowledge that Creasy demonstrates of her world continues to be astonishing. Yet, what Children of Scarabaeus excels in is the sexual tension still very prevalent between our two main leads.

Although we were introduced to the rough past of both Edie and Finn in Song of Scarabaeus, this installment brings forth a larger understanding of these two. Now, Edie finds herself face-to-face with people from Finn’s past – Saeth, like him – and she must acknowledge the fact that once the leash is cut, Finn may no longer want to remain by her side. What makes Edie such a compelling heroine, to me at least, is the fact that she is so strong, but so vulnerable too. Edie lacks the physical prowess that marks the kick-ass protagonists of novels such as Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson.

Instead, she reminds me more of Chess Putnam from the Downside Ghosts Series – intelligent, cunning, and used for her unique talents, but ultimately still alone at the end of the day. For Edie, Finn is a life-line of sorts; proof that someone out there cares what becomes of her and, perhaps even more, trusts her. As such, the emotional upheaval that Edie faces throughout multiple scenarios in this novel tore my heart, merely because she feels to very real to me.

Although I will admit that I hoped the romance in this installment would be slightly steamier, I am overall not disappointed in the least. If anything, I am continually surprised that Creasy steers clear of drama and instead imbues her writing with careful subtleties, never fully spelling out the depth of connection between these two lovers, but rather showing us and allowing us to infer on from there.

Finn and Edie have come a long way since they first met and even more, their relationship has solidified into one of ultimate faith.