This was a great book with wonderful narration. I can't wait to hear "The Gatefather"! I just wished my trip was longer so I could listen to the whole thing all at once!
I'm all for some normal sexual tension, even when venturing dangerously close to YA territory...I got this to listen in the car with my Tweens on the way to school/sports....but we were all grossed out by all the sex-starved teen girls, and women that only have sex as a means of warfare. Seriously. It's 2016. We are over the Hero/Whore categories for women. Stephen Kings wore that out long ago. When Card does relent on the weird sex starved female fascination, it gets kinda cool at times. The weird hermit Christian would have been near to develop more, and I agree with the other reviewers...some adults have some cool powers. The epilogue does not explain it, in my opinion. In fact, he contradicts his writing...getting into a singular facet of teen angst turmoil does nothing to develop the characters...and there are a ton of real family history/life conflict story lines completely ignored, just as a major example. Anyway, we'll finish out the series. I can't promise a return to Card's work afterwards.
Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card Rankin are really good, and their performances are even throughout books and series. I love listening to these two!
Orson Scott Card is just fabulous at weaving into his stories the kinds of philosophical discussions that young adults have as they begin to venture out into life's quandaries on their own. I'm 60+ and have long since come to my own answers about these conundrums, but I truly appreciate Card's willingness to address them in a manner that is respectful of teenagers and yet presents the consequences that happen as a result of different choices so that they might be able to see these without having to make wrong choices in order to learn them. I love his lack of use of crude language, but at the same time including frank coverage of sexuality if that is called for by the story, without making any more out of it than a plot item. If I had teenagers, I would be gifting them with Card books at every opportunity!
I enjoyed this book for the rich development of characters introduced in book 1. OSC seems to struggle at times with continuity of character, particularly with Wad (the Gate Thief) at the end of the book.
I've read enough reviews of the next book in the series to have serious reservations about picking it up. At this point, I'm going hold off and content myself with two out of three being good enough.