71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
I must admit that the Ender series is one of the best I have ever read or heard. This book is just as successful as the previous Ender books. The events occur much later in Ender's life when he is no longer heralded as the great warrior. Instead, he emerges as a person most able to understand the meaning of each person's life. Even the "bad guys" are on Ender's radar as possessing some good traits or at least there's an explanation of the reasons for how their lives turned out. It speaks well to the benefit of a society that is not overly judgmental and carries a message apropos to all ages. I highly recommend this book and all of the books by Orson Scott Card. His strength is that even though there are dozens of books in many different series, the author is uniquely able to keep them completely in sync with each of his other stories. Very rarely, if ever, does he create even a line that is contradicted in another of his works. This trait makes the stories more believable, even if they are science fiction.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I wanted to love this book as much as I loved Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. But alas, it was not to be. This book almost felt like penance for the gleeful delight I took in those two books. It started to feel like a long drawn out lecture on how I should be more enlightened than to take pleasure in books about war. I was relieved when it was over and I decided to leave the rest of Orson Scott Card's works unread.
Thought provoking ethics.
I was shocked that the narrators couldn't speak or at least pronounce Portuguese correctly and they didn't try. I read this when I was young before I learned Portuguese so on my second reading I was excited about the Portuguese aspects of the book but the narrators mangled the Portuguese so badly that it made me wish I had read it with my eyes instead of audio.
I think the story was really well conceived and executed with a strong message. I guessed at the main mystery of the story near the beginning, but it was still a pleasure to listen to it unfold. The characters were very well developed. There were too many narrators so it was hard to tell why there was a change from one to the next, unlike with Enders game where the switch was always because of the perspective change from Ender to Valentine.
It's not an adventure tale, so don't expect the same level of action as Enders game.
Although I didn't enjoy this as much as Enders Game it was still great. The new characters added were great additions, especially Jane, and I really enjoyed the additional information learned about Ender & Val.
The book started off a little slow & different but quickly picked up after the 1st 1/4 of the book and was completely engaging thereafter. The story was very unique and complex until it the end, when it was all explained, but it was setup to work out very well. Most interesting were the developments of the new characters and intertwining them with Ender.
The audio performance was superb.
Well worth the read/listen and I am anxious to continue on to the next book.