as always, the people we follow in Orson Scott Card's books are relatable, consistent, predictable but yet unpredictable.
Enjoyed every second of it
Orson is masterful at writing so that your mind can put the story together easily. the narrator had enough voices to eliminate the "he said", "she said", etc
The author is a great narrator. His skills as a writer are impressive. His imagination, on the other hand, is severely limited by his worldview.
I had read Scott Card many years ago when I was a teenager. I loved his prose, but I only read one novel by him. More recently I purchased two of his latest books on audible and I listened to them. The first book was a pleasant surprise. As I was listening to the second book, however, I realized that the story followed the same pattern that the previous book. Once you have read Scott Card for a while, you realize that he is basically a great weaver words with no ideas behind. There are two types of characters in his books: those who are loyal, intelligent, decent human beings, and those who are evil, arrogant, and doomed. The good guys always remain good guys, they are already fully grown adults even when children. They have the best qualities a human being can have, and they stick to that. There is no character development. No surprise. Just plain Manichean good vs. evil. All characters follow a type with overall similar patterns. For instance, the good guys are ALWAYS members of tightly knit families. The bad guys are individualistic. After a while, you realize that the good guys basically follow the sort of bonds typical of Mormon families, whereas the bad guys are the outsiders. Scott Card does not need to tell you that the good guys are religious and family oriented, he is smart enough not to say that out loud and he is a brilliant writer who knows how to build that idea through a long and sophisticated narrative. Underlying the complexity of the narrative threads, however, are always the same patterns repeated over and over and over again. At some point, the reader gets tired of cheap narrative tricks with no character development, no unexpected turns, no new ideas, no conceptual understanding of anything. Scott Card has an idea of how the ideal human beings should be, and how they should act in the world to make it a better place. He uses that view to basically filled it up with different characters and slightly different stories. Behind that, there is always the attempt to lead you to the same "morale" behind it. It gets old.
Narrator's were great, imagination makes the characters take shape.
Hearing this part of the story feels like connecting the dots in a massive puzzle I started a decade ago.
I am really enjoying the Formic Wars series. This one is no exception. Great plot and a believable story. The characters are memorable. I would love to see this turned into a movie.