- Series: Empire (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765359715
- ISBN-13: 978-0765359711
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[A] relentless thriller, which couldn't be timelier and is, for all its hyperactivity and flip, Hollywoodish one-liners, heartfelt and sobering…. Intriguing plot wrinkles come fore and aft of those basic developments, there are many deftly shaped supporting players, and major shocks explode in a split second (no Stephen King slo-mo for Card!). Moreover, all the action doesn't obscure the author's message about the dangers of extreme political polarization and the need to reassert moderation and mutual citizenship; indeed, it drives it home.” ―Booklist on Empire
“Violent infighting has the American Empire on the brink of destruction in this look at a possible future.” ―Library Journal on Empire
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.
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Also atypical for Card, there's much less showing, and much more telling — of what characters think and who they are.
It's a disappointing end to the fantastic story begun in Empire.
The deeper question about benevolent tyranny and what to do about it remains unresolved, suggesting a third edition. But the characters are uncommon and deeper than expected. I give this book 4 stars for that.