Card seems to have lacked the drive to come up with his own ideas and has copied his plots from biblical text and the book of mormon. Even the characters are unoriginal and all represent book of mormon characters.
Anyone who wants to read the book of Mormon should just read this instead. Its more entertaining with more realistic characters and still has all the philosophy and moral undertones. The scifi explanations also seem more plausible than Joseph Smiths book. However I much prefer Cards Ender and Shadow series to this scifi fantasy retelling of religious tales.
A story with a lot of potential. As this is the first book I can't say for sure if it will all be worth it but I will be purchasing the next in the series. Here's hoping.
I knew after listening to enders game, and then continuing along the journey through several books, that I would not be let down by this new series to jump into.
I was nervous, what I like the new characters, but I'd like the new plot and story line, but all was perfect.
I had my favorite narrator at my side with the vocals and pauses and freezing and tone of voice that I loved
A good story in the Bible but this was heavily influenced by the fall of Jerusalem (I think, it's been awhile) including the successful procurement of the Golden plates, which held the history of the people.
In all ways, this is mediocre. I finished it, but this is not a book I will ever revisit. And I doubt I'll ever finish the series unless a review tells me it miraculously changes for the better.