I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Series: Pathfinder #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-10-04
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Science & Technology, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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From the author of Ender’s Game, the soon-to-be major motion picture!A powerful secret. A dangerous path. Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him--secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain. Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent…or forfeit control of his destiny.
Rigg, main character of Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card, has a special gift. He can see the path of all living things through time, but only the past. His ability to sense paths leads him to trouble, but also comes in handy to save him and his friends. Pathfinder opens on a note of tragedy. Rigg’s father dies within the first chapter and with his last breath asks Rigg to find his long estranged sister. Thus begins this sci-fi journey fraught with peril, political intrigue, and new friends along the way.
To be quite honest, I don’t think Pathfinder was the book for me. Now, I don’t shy away from long books. I mean, some of my favorite books are door stoppers. With Pathfinder, I felt as though 300 pages could have been cut and I wouldn’t have missed anything. I dreaded reading this once I got past the exciting beginning. Sure, I was curious about what happens to Rigg, and the twists, but not enough to be in anxious anticipation.
I think part of my disdain may be due to the impression that the book didn’t trust the reader to figure it out and understand. For instance, Rigg would do something, then ruminate on it and all other outcomes for a paragraph when the average reader doesn’t need all that spelled out. I felt as though obvious thing after obvious thing was stated. To me, it’s as though the writing was dumbed down for a YA audience. Now, I don’t really pull my opinion out of thin air. Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of YA books, and I know what works for me when reading YA and what doesn’t. Although, that’s not to say that things which don’t work for me automatically don’t work for others. Not at all.
Also, perhaps, finally, my bias colors this review. Perhaps I would have been more tolerant of the things that irritated me had I not known about the author’s anti-gay stance. Or this. To judge this way is maybe unfair, but unfortunately in this case I can’t separate the book from the author. I am only human, and not a professional reviewer. I thought when accepting this book for review, I would be able to get past that, as the story did sound vastly intriguing, but unfortunately, you know the rest.