Friday, March 18, 2011

Orson Scott Card. PATHFINDER

If you know me, you know my all-time favorite author is Orson Scott Card. So, it's no surprise at all to know that I jumped on the chance to read the first installment in a new YA series by Card. I've loved his other books because of the depth of characters, intelligent stories, and ground-breaking science fiction. Those are some pretty high expectations to bring into into a book. Fortunately, I wasn't let down.

PATHFINDER is about a teen named Rigg, who has an unusual gift that allows him to see the paths of people's pasts. In the beginning, we see him using the gift to track animals with his father. It helps them to make a living. Even though they live in a small, rural area, his father teaches Rigg about the ways of the world. He constantly educates him on economics, trade, communication, and most importantly, how to use his gift.

When his father dies suddenly, Rigg is devastated. But when he discovers the bag of priceless jewels his father left for him, he is confused. Where did they come from? Who was his father? His father was constantly teaching him, why would he leave crucial details out about his background or his wealth? Why would he lie to him all those years?

Rigg discovers that his childhood friend, Umbo, has an unusual gift of his own, and that his father had helped him master it while growing up. They discover that their gifts do some incredible things together. So Rigg and Umbo decide to go on a quest to solve his father's mystery.

Check out the trailer for more:

It's another great one by OSC! The book has the rich characterization that I love, the intelligent plot, fascinating elements of science fiction like space travel, time travel paradoxes and robots. But it's also rich with royal history, family battles and revolutions. It's OSC at his best!
I can't wait for the next one!

By the way, for those readers who maybe haven't read any OSC before. You really need to read the ENDER'S GAME series. For those that have read it and love it, you can check this out too:
This is a fan made trailer of the long awaited, but yet to be written & filmed ENDER'S GAME movie:

I repeat, it hasn't been made into a movie. But this is an awesome trailer! OSC calls it the best fan made trailer he's seen. I agree!

More on Orson Scott Card at his website.
You won't be disappointed if you choose any of his books to read! Some others I loved:
*ALL in the ENDER'S GAME series

He writes fantasy, in addition to Science Fiction. You can see all that he writes here at his website.