I haven't read the Print Version so I cannot compare.
The Time Traveller's Wife. It has the same Time Paradoxes and twists and turns. You really have to keep your mind on the action to stay with the story.
Telling the story from the various characters' viewpoints was quite excellent. I gave one an understanding of the motives and needs of each one.
I can't say that any particular passage in the book moved me, except maybe the frustration with the end, in that it didn't 'end' and therefore I am assuming there will be a sequel.
Overall, the intrigue aroused by the time paradoxes really kept the mind on the edge of reality. A truly enjoyable book excepting for the end, which I trust will mean a sequel is in the making.
I'm a 46 year old Innkeeper who enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and mothering in Miles City, Montana
I also was excited to get the sequel to Pathfinder, a book which I really enjoyed. This book, however, was a waste of my time. It's convoluted twists and turns, backward and forward through time were too complicated to keep track of, and the constant guessing/explanations of each alternate reality possibility were boring and wore on my patience. Where was the editor?
There is constant potty talk, which really gets old, I wonder if anyone thinks of potty issues as much as OSC. I agree with other readers that the constant bickering was a drag on the story as well. There was no charm in the characters this time, I lost my love for them. The ending just made me irritated and I’m not sure if I have a desire to read the next book or not. When you fall out of love, sometimes it’s best just to walk away.
Fist of all, I am a huge Orson Scott Card fan, and have almost every book he has written. This is by far his worst effort.
The characters spent 90% of the book bickering with each other. While "teaming" together, the characters were constantly annoyed and upset with each other, whining, complaining, and disgruntled. This constant sniping and bickering was not necessary for the plot, and made for a miserable listening experience.
I'll buy into the idea that the way the characters felt was realistic, but not what I look for in fiction.
Grave disappointment. I kept waiting for the "friends" to stop snarling at each other, and to just move on with the story, but it was not to be.
I loved the first book, Pathfinder, and was so looking forward to the sequel. What a disappointment.
A fan of Samwise Gamgee & John Calvin
This series is just fantastic. The second book is a nice sequel to the first, and the story keeps getting more involved and even more unique.
With most OSC series, things get a bit overwrought in the end, and I can see the seeds for that being planted even now while I'm enjoying practically every word. Only time will tell if the follow-up books get tedious.
But for now, the magic is unique, the characters continue to develop, and the plot thickens. I would like to do nothing more than sit and listen to this stuff for hours on end.
Ranks mid to top
Pathfinder, it is the sequel
The scene between Rig and the original settler
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Orson Scott Card could never write another science fiction book and rest entirely on his Ender books, Leaving aside the Alvin Maker series, (too Mormon for me I am afraid) this guy just cranks out fantastic works year after year. I really liked this book, the first one and this one. The characters are believable, plot is edgy and kept my interest. I liked how OSC was able to integrate characters from a science based future with a pre technological era. The friendships and relationships are intriguing and believable. I listen to a lot of science fiction and fantasy via Audible, and sometimes I forget stories, this one I really enjoyed and I am looking forward to the next installment. Along with several other books OSC has in the hopper. :)
This book is Card at his finest writing, it's full of interesting ideas and situations and a very hard book to put down. You always have to know what happens next and it's easily the best book I've read this year. All the characters are powerful and deep in their own ways and have their own unique styles.
The only real downside is I felt like I was rereading Treason by the same author. The story outline is identical. A protagonist with special genetic traits goes from realm to realm on a divided human planet seeing all the different ways humans have modified their genes while Earth is the unseen enemy. It made things far to familiar and predictable. This is too good a series and deserves better than a recycled outline.
I'd also note that I thought Pathfinder was a self contained book until it ended with an opening for Ruins, and then going into this, I thought this was the conclusion. Ruins was just as incomplete and open ended, so I can only assume their will be a book three. I certainly like Sci-Fi series but doing it this misleading way is kind of annoying. I was hoping to see a lot more resolve or at least I'd have rather known I'm reading an open-ended series.
They used 3 capable narrators for the book, but the way it was structured every little while at random points they'd jump to the next narrator for no real reason. It was jarring and really hurt the flow of the story. Any one of the three could have done a fine job with this book, but the combination done that way really ruined the performance. I'm a Stefan Rudnicki fan, so had he done the whole book it would have easily been a 5 star performance.
Ok. So, this book was enjoyable because it picked right back up where book one left off. There was continuity of the story and even though the plot got a little muddied, I still found it immensely enjoyable.
I had a real fondness and connection to Rigg and the other characters too. But, Rigg, brought me to tears on several occasions when I didn't expect it. He was the kid I wanted to pat on the back and say; Go for it! You're doing great.
I have listenend to these narrators (Auditors, as I like to call them) before. I love the way they worked together and made the story pop. It really kept my interest when they do the voices for each character. In Chapter 11 there was a variance from the way the character was supposed to sound which caught me by surprise but it only happened once and so what.. No one is ever perfect. Not even when you have an editing team...
I can see this being made into a movie. I have already addressed this in a previous review but I would like to see "fresh faces". I don't know of any actors / actress's who fit the description for these characters right now. However, my "tag line' would be: The World is bigger than you ever thought..
well developed characters who do not always do what you expect
the twists and turns and the relationships between character the love hate if you will
good narrators bring the characters to life
the moments of conflict between the characters that showed they wanted to take other directions but could not leave each other
card is always a good read if you do not mind the hint (only a hint though) of religion
I have told my boyfriend he must read! Its great story about time travel.
They were all great!
This book only took me a few days to finish. I wish it was twice as long!