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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Book Review: Shadows in Flight

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?

1. 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.

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