It came near to destroying humanity.
After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. They carried human embryos and supplies and teaching robots and one man. The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason Worthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.
Orson Scott Card is "a master of the art of storytelling" (Booklist), and The Worthing Saga is a story that only he could have written.
©1978 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
I liked it. It's no Ender story but caries the same principles the entire Ender series has. Where is man. Where is God. What is Man. What is God. What defines a soul.
It's a good listen. I'll probably listen to it again in about 6 months.
I just marveled at how the telling of these woven stories captivated me. The primary story and the following collection is a telling of the story of the history of lives lived in a complacent empire, the subsequent demise and the planned scattering of humanity to continue the seed of humanity in all it's unique variety and the specific story telling of the life and history of one particular thread of humanity saved from the brink and forging a life on one of the scattered planets and the parallel evolution of the descendants of their mythical saviour and their own development and trials with their unique abilities and their interaction with their fellow humans. Man, angel and messiah in it's execution and just a fantastic story. Sometimes preachy and morally thought provoking in it's structure but not negatively so, I think it works wonderfully with the structure of this story.
Anyhow it's late and I'm rambling. It's sci-fi so there is little reason to overanalyze the stories as some tend to do. And although Sci-fi, should be taken as seriously as is sensible and I found it such a good telling of a story I listened to it 3 times in succession I was so enthralled with it.
Give it a go, you wont regret it.
I usually have neither the time nor the inclination to write book reviews, but THE WORTHING SAGA provoked such a negative feeling in me that I decided to take the time to write a review for the benefit of those of you who want to make informed decisions about books on which you decide to spend your money.
This is a dark, dark story. From my personal perspective, the religious, social, moral, and/or literary message that Card has in mind is far overshadowed by the graphic violence depicted in the book. I agree that as good human citizens, we all must do our best to be aware of the realities of the world: the good with the bad. However, the real world is enough for me, and I'm not personally willing to wade through all the incredibly violent and negative behavior in this book -- especially involving children -- to ferret out the moral message that Card has in mind. I was too distracted by these graphic depictions of extreme human misfortune to care about the message. If Card was eliciting a visceral reaction in his reader, he certainly succeeded with me, but he lost me in the process.
I think Card is a great writer, and I highly recommend the Ender/Bean/Petra/Peter/etal books he's written, but you will have to have a stronger stomach than I to enjoy THE WORTHING SAGA.
This book is fairly typical of Orson Scott Card. It's a look at society's behavior and an odd parallel to biblical history of sorts. Given a chance to start a new world from scratch, could you have done better?
The first two thirds or so were pretty good. The last third fealt like it was thrown in to make the book longer. Not really well tied in. An OK book all together though.
This is not one of his best books. It is in fact a little boring. After reading most of his work I was dissappointed in the story (or stories)which have no focus. The book just dies.
"The Worthing Saga" is a novel that went through many phases of publishing each time becoming more refined by the author, Orson Scott Card. The final manifestation of this work is a stand alone novel that will erase the world around you while you listen and imagine the web of charachters and worlds that Card weaves. Truly, this audio book, is one that everybody should purchase and enjoy.
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