Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pathfinder - Orson Scott Card

By Orson Scott Card
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: November 23rd 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 657
ISBN: 141699176X

A powerful secret. A dangerous path.
Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him--secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.
Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent…or forfeit control of his destiny. (Goodreads)
 When you spend the entire novel trying to explain exactly how your time traveling philosophy works, you are doomed for mediocrity. I seriously in no way enjoyed this book. I did not connect with any of the characters, and the plot was influenced by the multitude of explaining Card had to do, in order to make sense of his theory. The potential of this book is easily a five, but there is just way too much explaining. Granted that there is a second book out, and if this first book merely exists in order to explain and develop for the second then so be it. I struggle through the entirety of this, again I felt like every chapter was devoted to the characters having a lengthy discussion on how exactly they can and do manipulate time. The premise is there and was exciting, but when 600 pages in you are still trying to deduce the exact idea behind your time travel theory, you might want to move on. I feel like book two will be much better, but I really did not connect with this novel on any level. 
2/5 Carls

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