I've been wanting to read this one for awhile! Didn't know it wouldn't take too long to read it!
Yes, the book is shorter than all the other books in the Shadow Series, but that's not a bad thing. This book shows Card's writing at it's best.
The writing was very nostalgic. It was like reading Ender's Game
all over again. You know, the same curiosity and intrigue that
captured so many of our hearts with the first book. What a great end to
this series, and a nice segway into the next series.
Most of the negative reviews focus on 2 things:
1. The story is too short. Card could have fleshed out more details and characterization
2. Bean dies. Oh NOEZ!
Okay, really? This is the cause for concern?
The book was a perfect length. Orson Scott Card would only have made
things drag out. There was just enough characterization that has me
interested in the 3 children. I may not be invested in them, but if Card
ever writes their story, you can bet I'll be.
2. Yes. We knew it
was coming. Yes, he died just minutes before he found out about a cure.
Guess what? He's human. He's not a god, just a major genius. And the
fact that Card was willing to cut Bean off shows some... maturity? That
may not be the right word. Suffice it to say, Card made Beans
character even stronger with his death.
Great job, Mr. Card. I really appreciated the story.