I just finished reading this book. I’d give it a 2/5 rating
Overly long and mostly dull :\ I think this book could have easily been combined with the next book in the series (as was the original plan). The bulk of this book consists of the different characters talking in far too much length about things that do not warrant or serve anywhere near so many words and pages. That isn’t to say there aren’t cool and interesting ideas here. Card is always good at infusing his books with great philosophical, theological, and ethical depth. This time it’s just lost in about 300 pages worth of excess material that detracts from the experience (the edition I read was just over 600 pages long).
I absolutely loved Speaker for the Dead, Ender’s Shadow, and Ender’s Game. Shadow of the Hegemon was also more enjoyable than this.
^Exactly. Half that freaking book was shit I already knew from reading Speaker for the Dead and Ender’s Game.