Powerful ending, gets you charged for the Second Formic War! Keep in mind, there is still one more war before Ender - but the story concludes with a believable resolution and connects some of the dots between a pre-Formic era and that of Battle School.
Seeing Mazer develop and witness his initial recognition of the unique value that (gifted) kids can provide. Some of the tenets of Battle School gain their origin in this book.
When the band was finally all together. After two novels of parallel story lines I was eager for them to be in the same room planning for an attack. All history of "only being a free miner" or a "corporate snake" is at last left behind with all focus on a high risk mission.
Lem's holo to Victor; after all they had been through together and against each other - admitting that he truly appreciates and respects him.
Love the conclusion to this story arc. Being former military, and having directly worked with several other countries militaries, the bureaucracy is totally believable. I know the science is probably a bit much for academics to accept but if you have read the other 15-ish books in this series you should be beyond that. There are two reasons that this story did not get 5 stars: 1. There's only so many times that I can hear "I can't let you risk your life" and actually believe it. The characters are always in dire situations and I'd think by the time it's do-or-all-humans-die it's total war time and everyone is all-in, just accept the help and MOVE!2. I have been to China and know how prideful and protective a society/government they are, but the thought that they would STILL not ask for help after millions of their civilians are butchered by aliens is a stretch. If nothing else at least the Russians and maybe the North Koreans would be welcomed.
Already recommended to two friends, a classmate, an instructor, and three coworkers. It has value beyond just being interesting. You can put these techniques to work whether you work in a small business, large corporation, start up, or teaching design students.
The author takes readers interested in the field of behavioral economics (Gladwell, Freakonomics) and makes it useful with clear business value. Listening to other "marketing experts" talk about viral campaigns is comical: "Make a funny video" "Be authentic" "Do something shocking"
At some points it was funny.
If you like Gladwell don't give this a second thought, it is a no-brainer. Just buy it and thank me when you're done.
People who disliked the first two books.
Insight into who was watching the city
Really struggling to come up with something.
The voice actors did a great job.
The follow up to the climactic ending to Insurgent was a tremendous let down. I got the same feeling as I have to "it was all a dream" type endings. Also, to think that the mysterious people beyond had ALMOST THE SAME PROBLEMS as the ones inside the city is naive. It's like there's a formula that was repeated one too many times. There were so many ways this book could have unfolded to have given more meaning, significance, and insight to the world Veronica built. Instead, you got a book that droned on too long in some scenes and sped through others, did not require reading the first two books in the series, and a story with so many situations where you're left thinking "well if they were smart enough to do Y, then why wouldn't they have thought of X or W?"
Bottom line, I felt unrewarded for having read (or listened to) the first two books.
Voice actors were excellent.
I did not read the print version.
I enjoyed the philosophical and social problems that are presented in encountering an alien race, changing perceptions in society on what is heroic and what is horrific, and determining/predicting rebellions and revolutions.
Just for those of you who are like me and haven't read any of this series... this story is VERY different from Ender's Game. I think I may have expected some more battles like Ender fought before. While still an excellent plot, it's very philosophical.
Their performances were excellent. However, there is a woman narrator who voices Ender's sister, Valentine... her voice tended to become somewhat annoying and overly dramatic at times.
Maybe not in one sitting but I found myself waiting for a chapter to finish while sitting in my car in the parking lot.
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