Love Science Fiction and some Fantasy books.
The story was very slow and not nearly to the quality of Ender's Shadow. When you read this one, only expect it to continue the story of Bean and Petra, but expect these two "main" characters to take a back seat to many other supporting characters. The story seems to be less about Bean and Petra and more about all the supporting characters that haven been introduced in the past. Also, it is very reminiscent of Xenocide, in the way the characters consistently talk and bicker to one another. Just the long, and continuing trend of disappointing books by Orson Scott Card.
I couldn't get my head into this book, I gave myself plenty of chances to try to care about this fantasy earth paradigm but nothing would keep me in it. I think the mostly the character development was too thin, compared to Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide. (which I read in that order)
I thought this book was a good conclusion to the series. Very bitter sweat! Watching the characters grow up and seeing Peter become the real Hegemon (that we always knew he would be) was the best part.
If you've read all the books up until here you clearly love these characters. And you will get plenty of your fill here, although the book could stand to be even longer. There's still plenty of doors left open for more books to be written so this isn't the end of the love affair either.
All in all, spending time with the characters is more gratifying than the overall plot of the book, but Card wrote himself into a corner with the Ender series, and he is beyond contradicting himself, so we know how it's all going to end anyhow - at least for Peter Wiggin.
I can't wait for the next one.
When listening to this book one must keep an open mind and keep in mind that this is a work of pure fiction. With its depiction of certain races and religions this book might not be to everyone?s liking. But keep in mind again, Pure Fiction. Although if you are offended by racism and negativity to some religions you might want to skip this book.
I'm giving this book a low score because of its lack of intelligence. Sure the tactical and drama aspect of the book is good and I think it should be all about it but the fact that the line between good and evil is pre determined, carved in metal and a wall has been build to separate it makes the book mediocre. I could do without the prejudice, the drama and the story itself was fine.
At the end of it the entire book feels like mere filler between gapes of the previous and the next rather then a full story.
This book is laced with racism and sterotypes. It is unfortunate that Orson Scott Card had to go to such depths to write this book.
I had a very hard time getting into this book but I persevered. It is the first of the series I have listened to. Perhaps it is just not my thing. I found that it dragged for the first couple of hours and that it took a long time to tie things together. By the end my opinion improved but I donlt think I will listen to others in the series.