I usually have neither the time nor the inclination to write book reviews, but THE WORTHING SAGA provoked such a negative feeling in me that I decided to take the time to write a review for the benefit of those of you who want to make informed decisions about books on which you decide to spend your money.
This is a dark, dark story. From my personal perspective, the religious, social, moral, and/or literary message that Card has in mind is far overshadowed by the graphic violence depicted in the book. I agree that as good human citizens, we all must do our best to be aware of the realities of the world: the good with the bad. However, the real world is enough for me, and I'm not personally willing to wade through all the incredibly violent and negative behavior in this book -- especially involving children -- to ferret out the moral message that Card has in mind. I was too distracted by these graphic depictions of extreme human misfortune to care about the message. If Card was eliciting a visceral reaction in his reader, he certainly succeeded with me, but he lost me in the process.
I think Card is a great writer, and I highly recommend the Ender/Bean/Petra/Peter/etal books he's written, but you will have to have a stronger stomach than I to enjoy THE WORTHING SAGA.
This book is fairly typical of Orson Scott Card. It's a look at society's behavior and an odd parallel to biblical history of sorts. Given a chance to start a new world from scratch, could you have done better?
The first two thirds or so were pretty good. The last third fealt like it was thrown in to make the book longer. Not really well tied in. An OK book all together though.
This is not one of his best books. It is in fact a little boring. After reading most of his work I was dissappointed in the story (or stories)which have no focus. The book just dies.
"The Worthing Saga" is a novel that went through many phases of publishing each time becoming more refined by the author, Orson Scott Card. The final manifestation of this work is a stand alone novel that will erase the world around you while you listen and imagine the web of charachters and worlds that Card weaves. Truly, this audio book, is one that everybody should purchase and enjoy.