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Pathfinder Paperback – October 4, 2011
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And boy does Card do time travel well. Slow to start, the world of this book envelopes you through its 600-some odd pages. I finished it three days ago, and my first reaction was, "Well, that wasn't Card's best work. But not a bad story at all." My brain has not left the wallfold, however, and my imagination continues to be captivated by the story of PATHFINDER. I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of this series to be released. It has been a very long time since I have been as excited about new work from Mr. Card as I am for the continuation of this series. PATHFINDER will grow on you, if you do not fall in love with it immediately.Read more ›
Rigg's relationship with his father and his then masterful handling of the political intrigue that he finds himself immersed in are a shining testament to the power of not merely education, but an education in critical thinking. Reading the character of Rigg is highly entertaining. His verbal sparring with bankers, politicians, and even his friends is so incredibly well written, it turns a book that is essentially driven by a scientific concept into a compelling page turner that I did not want to put down.
This is an adventure tale told in a fashion that will be a bit subtler than some teens are used to. There's plenty of excitement, interesting science concepts to ponder, and memorable moments to keep any sci fi fan reading away.Read more ›
By OSC's lofty standards, Pathfinder is pretty pedestrian and would probably deserve about three stars. However, if it is placed in the context of the work produced by the best active 20 SF writers, I think it deserves a solid four stars.
Pathfinder is aimed at a young audience. The sentence structures used in the first couple of chapters have been simplified. I can't comment on whether this carried forward throughout the book, since I became more engrossed in the story and stopped paying attention to the grammar. On the other hand, the vocabulary didn't seem to be restricted.
Some other reviewers have complained the book and/or the way time travel operated was so complicated as to detracted from the story. I did not find this to be the case. The way in which time travel paradoxes are resolved is not any more complicated than any other SF novel that features time travel and attempts to resolve those paradoxes. I also didn't find the way the two plot lines came together to be especially obscure. I thought it was pretty clear how they related to each other about 10-15% of the way into the book.
The good (in no particular order):
Pathfinder is an entertaining story. It is aimed at a juvenile audience but I would also recommend it for adults.
Character development is good by most standards but falls short of other OSC work.
There is some exploration of ethical dilemmas and human motivation (more below).Read more ›
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Highly imaginative story. But I tend to get weary of all of the dialogue between characters. For me, this detail slows the story too much. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lishielou
Rigg is special. He can see where living things have been, and how long ago. He sees their paths, even hundreds of years afterwards. Read morePublished 7 days ago by S. Kohl
If you like deep sci-fi, or very philosophical, analytical, esoteric sci-fi, then this is an enjoyable book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by JamieGamer
A wonderful fantasy sci-fi story with complex characters, plot interactions, supernatural abilities, and time travel. Read morePublished 16 days ago by montzalee wittmann
Outstanding! Just another start of a trilogy that I could not put down! Patherfinder opens you into a world that seems simple at first, then grows wildly in control of Orson Scott... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex Brzoska
I was very happy to find another OSC book that truly captivated me after Ender's Game. Pathfinder combines science fiction, science and a bit of a magic element to form a great... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danielle Alexander