Book: Hidden Empire
Author: Orson Scott Card
Recommend: Yes, after you read the first book, Empire.
I am a huge Orson Scott Card fan. If you don’t know who he is, immediately go get Ender’s Game and start reading.
I picked up this book at the library, my favorite place to be during summer vacation. I thought the first book was an interesting read and honestly found that I liked the second book much better than the first, mostly because I think the characters were easier to connect to.
It tells the story of a plague outbreak in Africa, starting with one little boy name Chinma. It felt like Mr.Card took the Swine Flu scare and upped the severity. It showed an America that was swiftly becoming an empire instead of a democratic republic due to President Torrent. The heart of this book is about Chinma and the remaining Malich family and how they face this crisis.
There is also a not so subtle call to action for Christians around the world, reminding us that we are supposed to be helping the sick and oppressed. The death toll is only lowered when Christian aide workers go into Africa and begin to help the sick people, getting ill themselves in the process but also having a great impact on lowering the death rate.
This was a fabulous read and something almost everyone will enjoy.