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.
Yes, I find the story very intriguing, and I suspect once to series is done it will fun to re-read (or listen) again to catch all the time travel nuances.
The uniqueness of the characters time abilities, and the unfolding story.
Say something about yourself!
I waited for this book to come out and was extremely interested in where it would go. It did not dissapoint, there is a serious adventure in this book. The book started right where the previous book left off, so there is no catching up to do, unless you need a refresher from the old book.
My biggest complaint for the book is that the last hour left me confused. I don't want to give anything away, but it left me thinking I missed something and a lot of "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!"
There is a lot of time traveling in this book and it can get a little confusing at times. So don't zone out for part of it or you may miss important details.
Narrators were all spot on. No complaints from me!
I think i enjoyed the story of the first book better. There was too much focus on the characters, which normally would be fine but there wasn't much variation of drama besides lots of bickering between themselves. The story line was meh.. the conundrums with time were interesting and Card did try new things with how he portrayed time with the different characters.. But in my opinion it just skewed somewhere in the middle and the storyline went from one extreme to another.. greatly reducing a happy ending where the characters are "whole" unless he does something weird..
Also Card likes to rehash a lot of his characters and plots from his earlier books, Umbo
s character resembles Bean while Rigg.. you guessed it Ender.. and then *SPOILER ALERT* sometime near the end it becomes similar to what happened to Lanik Mueller in Treason.
The performance was great with this book. There is a big group and the readers do well portraying each voice. Sometimes it was difficult to know who was talking but otherwise very enjoyable.
My favorite part is when they go into the past and meet vadesh for the first time. It filled me with suspense and I was seriously scared they were going to die!
The narrator had a deep relaxing voice and it was easy to listen to and entertaining
The past is history
Fun to listen to. only complaint is the pages of exposition between each sentence of dialogue and the whiny little kids.
Never read the print version
Umbo, he's a very real and relatable character.
Maybe when and if Audible gets the rest of the book
The book just stops in the middle of everything. Very disapointing.
Orson Scott Card is one of my very favorite authors, but this series doesn't leave me quite as awed and exciting me as some of his others. Lots of interesting plot twists tho.
I am absolutely sure that the audiobook version is the better then the print. Orson wrote his books to be read aloud.
The inventiveness of the world he created is second to none.