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Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2 | [Orson Scott Card]

Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.
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When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another.

But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can’t work together to alter the past, there will be no future.

©2012 Orson Scott Card (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kevin 11-28-12
    Kevin 11-28-12
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    "Orson is the best writer of his time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ruins to be better than the print version?

    I am absolutely sure that the audiobook version is the better then the print. Orson wrote his books to be read aloud.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inventiveness of the world he created is second to none.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruben 11-18-12
    Ruben 11-18-12
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    "Not OSC's best; mostly engaging with a weak ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ruins to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The multiple narrators of this quality increase the enjoyment of the work.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was weak and unsatisfying. I think this reflects an overall superficiality in some parts of the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    OSC's nack for capturing key emotions remains in tact. A few scenes really grabbed me, but compared with Speaker for the Dead or even a few of the Ender Series, this is weak.


    Any additional comments?

    When compared with, for example, the depth of thought and development that occurred in the Ender Series sequels, this book is superficial. It's almost like he outlined the series with some great ideas, but for some reason (probably the press of having to publish), he can't develop the details to the extent he did in earlier series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 11-10-12
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Card's Best Series Since Ender"

    Well, after waiting a year and a half for this book, I have to say it both meets my expectations and falls short in a few areas. It is definitely a different book than Pathfinder. Whereas the first book reads much like a fantasy story at first, where you know next to nothing about the world, this book is all about answers, or at least figuring them out. Almost everything we learned in the first book gets challenged or turned on its head. This book keeps you in fascination at the layers and layers of truth and mystery and history revealed, while being a time travel romp across many more lands than we saw in Pathfinder. The book ends well too, with a gripping end scene and a good setup for the end.

    Like other reviewers though, I felt that there was a bit too much distrust in the characters this time. It's funny because I didn't really see that developing in the first book. I feel almost as though the author needed to beef up the book's size and so he put in tons and tons of inner thoughts and doubts in the characters. I also found a lot of similarities between this series and the Ender series because of that. Rigg has many personality similarities to Ender, and even the plot reuses a lot of themes from Speaker for the Dead, such as concepts of impending planetary destruction, genocide and the price of winning. Maybe it's just because I listened to it recently too, but I felt a lot of the common Card themes come back into play here.

    Overall I enjoyed this book and this series as much as I have the Ender series, and I can't wait for the conclusion of the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-06-12
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    "I'd wait for 3 before starting 2"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I knew from the about half way through the book that I wasn't going to be happy with lack of resolution with this book, and considered stopping then to wait for book 3 to come out. I'm certainly going to recommend to my kids that they wait for book 3 to be available before starting the series, as there are just too many annoying open items and it is frustrating to wait a year or two to try to remember them and pick up and continue.


    Any additional comments?

    Read like a Young Adult novel, certainly appropriate for family listening if you don't mind poo jokes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Devin WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 11-06-12
    Devin WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ahhhh, that ending!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It has very well developed characters, crisis, world, and logic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruins?

    The abrupt ending was unexpected and irritating.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the variety of performances each narrator contributed for each character- Stefan Rudnicki deserves special praise for the accuracy, precision, and variety of his performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Loaf's "handicap" sceen


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kristen 01-09-14
    kristen 01-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Only wish there was a 3rd book!!"

    I am most certainly a fan of OSC and this 2 book series is typical OSC. They capture you with his imaginative well defined characters and a storyline filled with extraordinary human powers, time travel and futuristic planetary colonization. Two thumps up!! On to my next OSC adventure....

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    Paul Keeseville, NY, United States 04-18-13
    Paul Keeseville, NY, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Again OSC does not disapoint!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ruins the most enjoyable?

    The pace of the story and the unpredictability of the story


    What other book might you compare Ruins to and why?

    The obvious answer is Pathfinder but the 2 books are in a class of their own.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Rudnikki Is my favorite reader and having 2 others really pulls the stories together.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Holden Hill, Australia 03-13-13
    Kevin Holden Hill, Australia 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Time Travel Story to Fool With Your Head"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ruins to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the Print Version so I cannot compare.


    What other book might you compare Ruins to and why?

    The Time Traveller's Wife. It has the same Time Paradoxes and twists and turns. You really have to keep your mind on the action to stay with the story.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Telling the story from the various characters' viewpoints was quite excellent. I gave one an understanding of the motives and needs of each one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't say that any particular passage in the book moved me, except maybe the frustration with the end, in that it didn't 'end' and therefore I am assuming there will be a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the intrigue aroused by the time paradoxes really kept the mind on the edge of reality. A truly enjoyable book excepting for the end, which I trust will mean a sequel is in the making.

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    Sam G 02-28-13
    Sam G 02-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Incredible"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This series is just fantastic. The second book is a nice sequel to the first, and the story keeps getting more involved and even more unique.

    With most OSC series, things get a bit overwrought in the end, and I can see the seeds for that being planted even now while I'm enjoying practically every word. Only time will tell if the follow-up books get tedious.

    But for now, the magic is unique, the characters continue to develop, and the plot thickens. I would like to do nothing more than sit and listen to this stuff for hours on end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryanne wappingers falls, NY, USA 02-11-13
    Ryanne wappingers falls, NY, USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Enjoyed this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ruins the most enjoyable?

    Ok. So, this book was enjoyable because it picked right back up where book one left off. There was continuity of the story and even though the plot got a little muddied, I still found it immensely enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had a real fondness and connection to Rigg and the other characters too. But, Rigg, brought me to tears on several occasions when I didn't expect it. He was the kid I wanted to pat on the back and say; Go for it! You're doing great.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listenend to these narrators (Auditors, as I like to call them) before. I love the way they worked together and made the story pop. It really kept my interest when they do the voices for each character. In Chapter 11 there was a variance from the way the character was supposed to sound which caught me by surprise but it only happened once and so what.. No one is ever perfect. Not even when you have an editing team...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can see this being made into a movie. I have already addressed this in a previous review but I would like to see "fresh faces". I don't know of any actors / actress's who fit the description for these characters right now. However, my "tag line' would be: The World is bigger than you ever thought..


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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