Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.
I enjoyed snippets of this book, but the overall plot line wandered and seemed forced. Card wrote this very early in his career, and it shows. The characters and concepts he introduces are strong but they don't hold together very well. I think the concepts would have worked better as a series of short stories about the world of Treason, rather than strung together as one narrative. I also thought the ending was unsatisfying and sort of cheesy. Great narration from Rudnicki as always, though! (Although my boyfriend had to stop listening because of Rudnicki's deep voice - his style certainly isn't for everyone!)
His low voice fit the part of what a strapping prince with the ability to regenerate body parts might sound like.
I will confess to only buying this book because it was in the bargain bin, so to speak. Years ago I had read "Ender's Game" and it was a good read but I was not impressed continually like I was with "Treason".
"Treason" follows the story of a prince exiled because he has an "incurable" genetic deformity.
His quest for a cure and reacceptance into his kingdom spans the planet Treason, so named, because all of the original inhabitants had been exiled from Earth, for having committed unknown atrocities. After many generations, the families of these original war criminals have developed in to individual kingdoms that all have a distinct specialty in a branch of science or communication. For example, the main character descended from many generations of geneticist, who eventually unlocked the bodies ability to regenerate limbs. This ability affords his countrymen a powerfull advantage in battle but ultimately turns into a disadvantage when he is exiled and has to face the prospect of fighting members of his own familiy.
There are a lot of curve balls in the plot and I won't give them up. There were many times when I thought the story was going to settle in to a usual "sci-fi quest story" tragectory, when I was suprised by another twist. I wish that this book, instead of "Ender's Game" had spawned numerous sequels. There is such a variety to the themes and twists in this book that I fealt that anyone of them could have been developed in to its own book.
The other worldlyness of it.
Didn't especially like listening to lines about the main character being aroused by his own breasts... TMI
I might have liked this book better if I was not simultaneously reading Kage Baker's "The House of the Stag." The protagonists in both stories acquire superhuman abilities that allow them to overcome the obstacles posed by the worlds in which they live. I became a trifle confused between the two stories and annoyed that the heroes needed to be superhuman to make a difference. Perhaps I would have liked both books better if I had read them at different times.
That being said, Card is an excellent writer and I did finish the book.
I like Audio better than print for one reason specifically: It "speaks" to me. I thought tat the first person aspect in the narration enhanced by this abd gave added meaning ti the word "I".....
My favorite character was the narrator because he had to explain to "himself" who he was before anyone else could understand.
I thought that the lack of sympathy toward the stepmother was annyoing
Everybody feels "different" but not always proud of itso can understand the characters....
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
If you enjoy thought provoking, well written, stories, you'll enjoy this. Expertly narrated, strong original story, good character development, good dialog, what else do you want? Okay so there are no car chases, or gun fights, but this is a planet without a lot of hard metals, so you'll just have to deal with that.
This book is written in a childrens style, but with all the bloodshed I wouldn't recommend it for children
I have and I will
The narration was the best part; he didn't have much to work with
I kept listening to it because it didn't seem to have any direction and was curious to where it was headed
Could have gone deeper into the history and technologies of the families and why? the reader is expected to accept the magic
The story was pretty clunky. The characters were flat. This reads like what it was, an early effort that Card tried to fix up and publish. There's a good idea for a book in there somewhere, but this one would have fared better with a complete re-write.
I have always like Card's writing, to open the book the author gives a simple history of the book which I liked very much. It's nice to know a little behind the scenes action to go along with the book. From the description of the plight of the main character I was worried that this would be a "made for TV" quality book. Something so over simplified and lacking in reason that it wouldn't make sense. All of my worries we unfounded. The book was great. the author mentioned that he wished he would have written it in third person instead of 1st, but I think that telling this in the 1st person was very right for this book. It made sense. It gave a sense of solitude, which was reinforced over and over in the events of the book as well. The author also mentions that there is no need for any follow ups to the book either, I don't really agree, I would love to hear about the adventures of the main character's children.
I know OSC loves Rudnicki as the 'voice' of his novels. It's hard for me to listen to so much character self-interspection, especially in Rudnicki's low bass. It's like listening to someone mumbling to himself about himself. Who wants to listen in on that?
Haven't managed to finish this yet. I'm sure there's a good point to the story that's worth the telling.