Month: June 2016

Ruins by Orson Scott Card

Greetings Everyone,

I have just finished reading Ruins, the second book in the Pathfinder Trilogy.

Rigg and company have been in Vadeshfold for only a short amount of time before they realize just how different and hostile this wall fold is. With the lack of humans, only leaving their structures behind, and the parasitic facemasks lurking in the natural  water sources.

Rigg and the rest of the crew leave Vadeshfold behind only to find out how much Vadesh had lied to them, and how much he had hidden from them. Journeying to Odinfold they find out what is really at stake, namely the future of the entire planet.

This book reveals a lot more of the story arc of this trilogy, it also really shows just how diverse the folds really are, and just how different they are compared to Ramfold where the group is originally from. The group becomes closer, and the characters begin to mature as they realize that the fate of the world is in their hands. The character development is great, and the story telling and descriptions of the world around the characters is amazing. Also, the depth the author went into in making the folds and their inhabitants different really shows a commitment to making this story a great one.

I’m really looking forward to finishing this trilogy, the gravity of the groups actions have been shown, and with the conspiracies that have been revealed their actions must be carefully considered before they are undertaken.

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Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Hey everybody! I just finished reading Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card, the writer of the Ender series.

The synopsis of this book is a boy named Rigg has an ability to see the paths of everyone who has ever walked on the planet, human or animal. Within the first couple of chapters he loses his father and must go to the capital city of his country after learning that he is descended from royalty. Another timeline runs alongside this one. A man named Ram, traveling aboard a ship aiming to find a new planet for the human race to populate. He is in charge of making sure the ship filled with sleeping colonists makes it to the new plant successfully. With the help of semi autonomous robots called expendables he must complete his mission.

At first the additional story line of Ram made no sense. Eventually towards the end of the book you come to realize that the planet that Rigg is living on is the planet that Ram has been tasked with preparing for the colonists. There is also a huge twist at the end of the book regarding Rigg’s father and the expendables.

I really liked the story, although it was slow to start and didn’t make much sense at the very beginning with the two story lines. It also does get a little confusing with the technical jargon when Ram is discussing outcomes with the expendables. The abilities of the pair of other people that Rigg meets on his travels can get a little confusing as well, but the overall story has great character development and once it gets started it doesn’t stop.

Cheers!

Jon