The dialogue between the charcters is horrible. I really like the concept behind the book, and Mr. Card does a great job leveraging some of the paradoxes of time travel to build a compelling story, but I had a lot of trouble getting thru this book because I found much of the dialogue to be tedious and pedantic. Additionally, the constant whining and self-doubt by virtually all of the main characters really detracted from the interesting parts of the story. Perhaps dragging us thru massive amounts of internal dialogue for virtually every small or large decision was supposed to show "character development."
Yes - Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow were great books.
Great concept for a story - really liked how the story has unfolded.
The story has me hooked. I already found the bickering annoying in the first book, but wow... It really does comprise of 40-60% of this book. I suppose its a tool to develop legitimately young characters but it becomes the same conversation in closed loop with different characters rotating in and out... I want to know what happens but I'm not sure I'll make it through any more of the constant accusations and bickering. I'm pretty sure this is what parent of pre-teens and teens feel like!
I continue to like the storyline and ideas in this series, so I will continue listening, but I found the constant bickering between characters pretty annoying. It made them a lot less like-able. There were also a few points in the book where the character's discussion of their abilities got a little long winded. Still, overall the basic premise of the book continues to be engaging.
And Buffalo George
An enjoyable sequel. I enjoyed setting and plot -- .especially liked the ending. In fact, most of the book is pretty boring -- characters spent 90% of their time bickering-- until the ending. The drama in this book all about the characters and their inabilities to trust each other, leaving the reader to wonder who's the hero and what's the book's objective goal ? Why did I read this, again? The constant leaps in time left me wondering what day it is...and I gave up on that. I'm invested, so I'll go on to the third book of the trilogy.
Well thought out, and very well researched. I read just today that researchers actually have added a human gene into the brain of mice to see what it would do. (They navigated mazes three and a half times faster.) great, just what the world needs, smarter mice...