Ruins by Orson Scott Card (Yellow)


Think traffic light when I say (Yellow). Use caution when deciding if you should read this book. If I had to sum it up in one sentence I would describe this book as Ratatouille meets Alien mixed with a university philosophy text book. If that’s sounds like awesome to you then you will love this book. Had I known that’s what this book was about I would not have put it on my Christmas wish list.

This is the second book in the Pathfinder series. I loved the first book. It blew my mind which was why I was so excited to read this one. This first book only explored a small part of the world the story takes place in and I wanted to read about more cool ideas in the second book. Instead I got face huggers and super intelligent mice who can manipulate time. What? If you have carte blanche to do whatever you want in a world you created why would you go with what’s already been done? Not only that but the three different areas that are explored in the book are so similar that I wondered what the point in going to each one was.

The characters that I had found so interesting in the first book only annoyed me in this one. They all wanted to be the leader but kept arguing about how no one wanted to be the leader. All they did was complain and debate. Not very interesting to read over and over again.

No inciting incident. No climax. There are a few cool scenes in the middle that lead to nothing.

When the first book ended I had no idea where the story was going but I was so excited to be taken on the journey. Now that I’ve read the second book I still have no idea where the story is going and I am very reluctant to read any more. I will wait to read reviews of book three before I buy a copy my self.

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One Response to Ruins by Orson Scott Card (Yellow)

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