I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.
This is a good enough story. I am someone who read "Enders' Game" when it was first published and so keep trying with Orson Scott Card. But I'm afraid he is one of those people whose first book was his best.
Having said that, this is a decent story and it may be worth reading more of the series to see where he goes with it. It is a slight twist on other speculation about the effects of time travel plus it brings in some Asimov-like questions about the ethics of "robots" and the like. Beyond that, it is basic fantasy stuff - orphan kids, magical powers, mixed group of friends allied against the world.....
If you enjoy science fiction stories about other worlds or alternate realities you will also enjoy the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card. You might also like Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher, or Insignia, by S.J. Kincaid.
Rigg is a pathfinder; he sees the paths of all living creatures. To him these paths look like signature brush strokes left on the ground where people walked, and these paths stretch back through time for thousands of years. His father has helped him cultivate this unique ability his whole life; his father also made sure he was skilled in logic and reasoning. Rigg cannot see a use for some of his education; he and his father are hunters and trappers in the forest after all, when will he ever need to know the language of the nobility?
When Rigg’s father dies in an accident on one of their hunting trips, his life suddenly changes. Rigg’s past is not as simple as he believed, in fact the world itself might not be what everyone thinks. Rigg and a friend from the village find themselves on a journey full of danger and mystery where time does not always behave the way we are accustomed.
Wow! This was not a novel. This was a RIDE! I have never read Orson Scott Card before and was very pleasantly surprised. The plot, story line, flow and performance meshed beautiful. This book flows like a well played musical. It did start a little slow, but thats just to keep you from getting WHIP LASH. I loved the characters and at certain points in this book, they (the characters) moved me to tears.
If I could change anything about this novel, it would be the length. I wish it was longer. I felt that a little more detail would have been effective in lengthing the book. I can see this being made into a movie but I think the characters would call for several unknowns and or newbies coming to the acting world.
Did I say I loved this story? I did? Well I'm saying it again. I loved this story!
This is an enjoyable story. I really cared about the characters. Immediately purchased the 2nd book when I finished this one.
A Traveling Listener
I usually love Card and have read most of what he has published. It was a surprise to find myself hoping for the book to end. While parts of the book were interesting, many more were long-winded postulations as to the nature of paradox and time flow. I began to feel that I needed to find a rabbit hole myself.
Orson you are a genius! Brilliant time travel science paradigms back by a great story.
Like Ender, we have punchy characters developing throughout the narrative. A great book.
The story really captured my attention and kept me interested. I enjoyed the fact that it was a science fiction story set in a time that in many ways resembled much earlier history on earth.
The narrators do a great job giving voice to the characters.
My teenage daughter also loved the book and it's fun to listen to the same thing and be able to talk about it.
I really enjoyed this book. I was it full of fun si-fi concepts. Time travel, space travel, evolution... etc. I would totally recommend this for anyone but especially young adults. I found my self laughing out loud on many occasions and deep in thought. I love Orson Scott Cards style of telling a story.
At various times author got too cute (or camp) about the conflicts in time travel.
The time travel premise was interesting.
I like the work of Orson Scott Card, particularly the Ender's Game series. I wasn't captured by The Pathfinder as I was with Ender's Game.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
I enjoyed the multiple view points of events as they unfolded in the book.
Crossing the wall
Crossing the wall
The author purposefully violates many of the accepted rules of time travel, which I found to be distracting, but overall the book caries a tone much like the Tales of the Otori series which I enjoyed. Pathfinder however was predictable in most cases and I am lacking any series interest in reading the second book in the series because I feel like I already know what will happen.