This is my third Orson Scott Card book, having read Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. I hadn't meant to read the final book in the series before having read Xenocide, but I was able to fill in the blanks through reference. As in previous books, Card masterfully tells a story that expands my thinking. It includes characters with differing viewpoints, capabilities, histories, and agendas who face personal and community threats. The drawback is the number of soap-opera-like love stories that composed the main focus of the book. The book ends on a positive note, with the main characters looking toward the future with hope. I'm glad to have read this, though I enjoyed the first two books the most in the series.
I read this one just to get closure on the other 3. This story picks up seconds after the ending to "Xenocide". While I enjoyed the story and plot, the continual character arguments and explanations of meta-physical gibberish was too much. After "Xenocide", this story was an improvement but failed to end the series with a bang.
I really enjoyed the previous books in the series. This however just feels really too long. Often I was wondering why the author is wasting time on useless logical games throughout the book. It feels like there wasn't really a lot to write about so he kinda elaborates endlessly on who thinks what and why over and over again. The whole experience feels forced.
Another annoying thing about it was how the author makes the characters search for some sort of ultimate truth which then doesn't really exists. The characters feel like they only think they know this ultimate truth about the universe and everything but in reality no one "really" understands anything. There is a lot of useless stuff in this book and personally I wouldn't recommend it.
I have really enjoyed the other books in the Ender series, but not this one. I found it slow and painfully full of the author's philosophical rantings. This was a real disappointment.
I liked Enders Game and I liked the Enders Shadow Series. But Speaker For the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind were just no worth the time. These books are just to uninteresting to listen to more than once and I am having a hard time justifying the first listen. Especially at the cost of all three of them.
Not a terrible Sci Fi story, it's just that none of the sequels live up to Enders Game.
This book does get bogged down in the theology behind the thoughts of the main characters. It's good because it helps you understand where they're coming from and how complex their decisions are, but much of it could be reduced down to improve the flow of the book.
Yes! I've thoroughly enjoyed the Speaker series in the Ender-verse. The storytelling gets a little bogged down in the theological debate and explanation at times, but the story is still compelling all the same.
I loved the scene where where two of our protagonists are aboard the Starways Congress Fleet Flagship and the realization that allows them to be there. There's not much I can say without spoiling the story since so much of it is building to that point. However, for those of you who have read it, it's an awesome moment in the story where the tables of power turn in our favor finally.
It would loose much of it's soul to become one since the theological and philosophical debates wouldn't survive the conversion to script. However, I could see the storyline itself being adapted if the Ender's Game movie does well enough to justify sequels.
I haven't yet read other's comments on this book. I'm sure many will be much more negative than mine. If you're looking for a simple entertaining listen, this isn't your book. However this storyline has depth and brings much of the story from the previous books in the series together. It is worth the listen, but make sure you're in the right frame of mind as it can get pretty heavy at times.
Obviously those who enjoy Ender's game and Orson Scott Card's writing.
This is a half of a book. The author states that they are looking for a price point. While looking for their price point they left several items unresolved that he promised to resolve. I do read the author's comments and he promised in the prior book that he would answer a lot of questions, he doesn't. It is only a half a story and if you get it here it is one credit although the actual purchase price is less than he other works.
Sol System, Earth, Northern Hemisphere, member of the human race.
Story was riveting. This Ender story was full of ideas and a deep storyline.
Multiple threads of converging stories.
If you've made it this far in the series you're aware that Card's Universe is not filled with sci-fi action adventures. If you're looking for that just stop reading where you are and go read Frank Herbert's Dune; however, if you enjoy the philosophical nature of his works you know you have to read it. Even though it isn't up to par with the other 3 novels in the Ender Quartet, I'd argue that the last 2-3 hours make it worthy of your time and provide a satisfactory end to the series that, let's face it, you're not going to get otherwise.