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Everything. Classic Rudnicki
The book is great, but like many an OSC book in a series, there is absolutely no way you could follow this one and have a complete understanding of the story without reading the first book. As a reader, I get the distinct impression that OSC writes the story first, and then chops them up into separate books to make them more easily digestible. This one is no different; it begins as if you just sat the first book down to grab a drink and you're picking up where you left off. It's is great, but I I highly recommend listening to the the first book,or at least the last few chapters, to get a sense of the story first. It took me a while to remember all the details.At any rate, still great. Waiting for the next Mithermages series installment!
Traveler and writer of strange tales. AKA The Editor's Gadfly
I was a little disappointed in the first book because I felt like the ability to travel through time stoked momentum of the building conflict in the story, but this book gave me the feeling like we are running out of time even though we can travel through it. I look forward to the third book.
The party learns much, exploring the next wallfold, developing their powers, meeting more expendables, finding out the differences between the different colonies, learning more about the starship's captain Ram Odin, spending some 2-3 years, and meeting new Big Bads. But despite this the overall plot makes little progress, and at the end we're left without any sense of closure and needing the next sequel. OSC's attempt to show Rig, Umbo, and Param's passage through puberty just shows perry children arguing, and what character development happens just makes them more obviously stand-ins for Ender, Bean, and Petra, respectively. Those were groundbreaking characters in Ender's Game, but by now they're old hat. Read this is you like world building and exploration of their powers, because the characters and plot will leave you unsatisfied.
In the beginning it was a little hard to follow as the story jumped around a little more than I am accustomed to. I also only listen in small increments so that may have had something to do with it. However one the story for rolling and I got into the characters it was fantastic. I love the detail and alternative view of time traveling. Awesome
I love Orson Scott card, I really do. But in this book, the juvenile bickering and arguing that goes on forever and ever and ever, drove me absolutely insane. I love the story, the premise, the twists and turns. But, my goodness, if those two boys don't stop their arguing, I'm going to kill one of them myself and, they won't be coming back!
Having read the first book about 6 years ago as a Sophomore, I wasn't sure if it would stand up 6 years later to a person with a more refined taste. The potty humor can get old quick, but it is what you can expect for a sci Fi/fantasy meant for young adults. What really keeps it rolling is Card's willingness to embrace contradiction and paradox. A thriller that anyone of any age can enjoy, albeit if they can get past some of the crude humor. Can't wait to read the last book.