love everything about it. imagine a future far away and preparing to come home. Once again Orson Scott Card magic
OSC has written some wonderful, rich, layered fiction. This isn't it. It's frustrating to see a Card series I haven't read and have no way to separate the wheat from chaff like this. This particular "book" is all set-up, no punchline. I've fallen for this once with Card's Pathfinder 'trilogy' and won't chase this one. The Ender books are individually satisfying tales that happen to share a history and even some characters. I don't think either Pathfinder or this story needed to be padded out to three books. In fact, I think the sloppy format engendered sloppy storytelling in Pathfinder. Here are so many of the same elements: future humankind living in a low-tech society enforced by a super-computer pseudo-diety, a power struggle, a king's ransom tediously converted to or from a small hoard. Having Pathfinder's weak resolution in mind, I decided to accept that I will never know how OSC wound this one up. (None too tightly is my guess)
I got to about chapter 7 before I thought I should just go study the Bible instead. Since that was never on my list of to do's, I decided to leave early. I like so much of his other work.
Ok I'm hooked again. I've already bought all the books in the series,(hope I like them). I was a little worried at first because things were way slow but as it went along it got better. I'm hopping for a little action in the next one.
If you believe in the Book of Mormon and want to have the story rehashed in a different setting you might like this book. Preaching to the choir you might say.
Not tried to spread his religion by co-opting the Book of Mormon story.
He did a passable job overall. He did well except that when he was reading the character's thoughts it was too hard to distinguish from the actual dialogue in the story.
The concept of the overseer controlling thought and stifling technological development was interesting.
I am hesitant to trust another Card book.
Mr Card really knows how to weave an intricate detailed world! Mr Rudnicki is a master of voices that define characters! Two great tastes that taste great together!
An intriguingly different thought experiment on faith, communication, society, development & more.
This 1'st part feels like it mirrored some part of some religious story that I couldn't recall.
I look forward to the rest of the series.