Author: Orson Scott Card
Recommend: Worth the read, especially if you are a fan of Card.
I must admit that Card is one of my favorite authors. So, pretty much anything he writes is going to be great in my opinion. While I wouldn’t put this one on the same level as the Ender series or the Shadow series, it definitely has a flavor that is unique and fun to read.
This book introduces the reader to Rigg, a boy who was raised by his demanding but fair father. However, when his father is killed in a freak accident and Rigg is blamed in the death of a young boy, he sets out to find his sister, a girl he has never met. what Rigg doesn’t know is that he isn’t the nobody he believes, but someone of great importance. So important that it could get him killed.
I think the most interesting part of this book is that it comes across as fantasy – at first. It’s not. It took me a little while to figure out why in the world Card wrote it the way he did. There is a short storyline at the beginning of each chapter that seems very odd, until it’s not. This one is hard to talk about without giving everything away but it was definitely worth the trek.
I would say my one issue with this book is that sometimes Card can get a bit long-winded in places. There were definitely some spots where I wanted the action to get going already. Although it bogged down a bit periodically, overall it didn’t mess with the enjoyment of the book to the point that it made me not want to keep going.
This is a long one for YA but worth the time.