by Orson Scott Card Print book : Fiction  |  1st trade ed
This book only hints at Card's talent as a storyteller   (2009-11-17)
This book only hints at Card's talent as a storyteller that shines in his other books. There are certain points where I think, "Now that's the Card I know and love," and other points where I can barely tolerate the religious overtones in it...somewhat like my experience with attempting to read the first book of the Alvin Maker series. Ultimately, I want to know what happens, what civilizations formed on the other planets in the same time-frame, and how the plot resolves itself...but at the same time I can't identify with the protagonist, and at some points I can't reconcile the stupidity of the main character with the idea that this character is supposed to be responsible for carrying the plot to its resolution. If told from a different, preferably more logical (and less religious?) character's point of view, this would be an excellent story. I'd like to see what the worlds have turned into after that beginning. I think it's a story worth exploring for the author as well as the reader. But until I can completely disregard the main character's perspective on things and just focus on the information given in the rest of the story, I won't be finishing this series. I might start from the second book at a later date, but then I might not.
Overall, I would not recommend this book to those who, like myself, are hard-core atheists who find religious worldviews illogical, and therefore won't really 'get' the main character as Card probably intended.
But I would recommend it to readers who are religious and can identify with religious ideals.
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