This is a book that struggles to keep the core concept of earlier books and often seems to re-write them by inserting material that doesn't agree with earlier content and removing characters and ideas. In fact, the book goes so far as to subvert the behavior of groups that completely change for the negative how you would perceive the first two books. The final two chapters are amongst the worst endings of all time. Without spoilers, let me say great authors have worked that trick.. Card, Rowling, etc. but they do it in a way that provides some emotional satisfaction to the audience. This is one of the most unsatisfying endings of all time.
The ending is rubbish.
The first few chapters as we get narrative from Four's perspective.
Not really. The readers are quite good, too bad the material isn't.
This seems as though a better editor or an outsider reader was badly needed, but the rush to get a book on the shelves befoe the movies hit the theaters appeared was on.
I probably wouldn't. The opening setup is interesting.. a broad based conspiracy to stop us from making too rapid of technological advancements. The idea itself is interesting and I found the setup to be quite good.
The ending is.. not good. We setup a story and with about 2 chapters to go a HUGE number of issues are either resolved or go unmentioned in an attempt to resolve an unbelievable amount of questions and problems. As a result, the ending isn't very satisfying because we have no idea the impact of the decisions being made, and the conclusion seems to go in a direction that just says "I had to finish the book".. there are big moments that get setup early in the writing that never pay off anywhere, and a few plot points that seem to contradict the ending.
The scene in which the 'company' is explained to the young inventor was very well realized.
Not really. The book is written in a format where it seems to be built for a film, but the ending is so rushed that I feel I'd just be very disappointed.
This is the kind of book that should have been two books. Or much longer. There was an idea breaking point with about 3 chapters left, where some major issues could have been resolved and we move forward to a next book about the implications of that solution and how they 'take down' the company... this would have been better in that the book established foreign companies and yet, they all seemingly become irrelevant in a rush to end.
A great idea that never materializes into what it could have been.
If you're a fan of later Card works, and you've read the first two books, you'll want to finish this off.
There is one truly glaring continuity error that is mindboggling. In the original Ender's Game series (Speaker, Xenocide, CoTM) as well as Ender's Game & all the Ender Shadow series, it is established that the formics are turned back from inland China because a moribund America awakes with technology to bring it out of it's closed door policy and comes to China's aid. In fact, this key and critical point comes up several points in as to why the Hegemony came to be. However, in this series that isn't what happened at all. Instead, the chief technology comes from a private investment company out of Finland, and has nothing to do with the dormant military power of America, as is referenced in those books. This will be a minor point for people.. but it is the kind of error that I'm not used to from Card, who in his earlier works had a real attention for continuity detail that would prevent an error of this magnitude from happening. Now, since this is told 'in the event', it changes whether or not everyone in prior books was just wrong or poorly educated :)
One thing I will say for all of the books done by Card.. the narration and audio read of these books is fantastic. Truly fantastic.
No. This isn't really that kind of book. If you cry or laugh over this book, then you might be going through something else. I did chuckle once I think.
The continuity problem is a big one. I'm sure a lot of casual readers won't mind, and the dialogue is OK. But these books seem to be less in Card's style. The way that characters talk just doesn't esem like Card's earlier works. I wondered as I finished how much was actually written by OSC, and how much by an author trying to mimic his style. Because it just felt to me.. not right.
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