- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (1 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416991786
- ISBN-13: 978-1416991786
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Visitors (Pathfinder) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2014
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One of the major challenges in making the book accessible is the tremendous power some of the main characters gain. By the end of the novel, some can mold planets to their image on a whim. Perhaps their tremendous power is why Card leaves some plot lines seemingly incomplete. Most pressingly, the transition of power in the midst of an uprising never finds complete closure. Nevertheless, there is no doubt at the end of this third book that the main characters can wrap everything up without issue.
As some other reviewers pointed out, the plot does seem to go on unnecessary tangents with side stories and discussions. I can only guess what Card's motives might have been, but I feel fairly sure one of his major goals in this novel was to explore how the possibilities of time travel would affect reality, causality, and exploration. If you enjoy pondering these things, then you may find yourself enthralled. If you're looking to finish up the trilogy, it is worth your time.
First, I'll say I love everything OSC writes! His stories, themes, and political-religious-scientific ideas are compelling, and the Pathfinder series is in many ways a Opus Magnus compilation of all the various themes and ideas of his other works. (Plus I love time-travel). Of course he falls into his usual bad habit over explaining the "science" of something he just made up (do we need to know how a snarful interacts with a grundfel at the sub-sub atomic level?) but I'm
Used to that.
So of course my question is related to the pseudo-scientific explanation he gives for temporal paradoxes, namely how the agents of causal change are unaffected by whatever change they make in a time stream. But whoever is NOT the agent of change (or traveling with that person) will experience a completely different time stream and will have no recollection of any change being made. I am ok with that, it is a common enough theory of time travel fiction and non-fiction.
What confuses me is the ending of Visitors - did Card just throw his on rule, the one he went on and on about, right out the window so he could wrap this up? I mean the very reason Rigg, Param, and Umbo were created was to stop the Destroyers (according to the mice). Back up, the very reason the Future Books, and thus mice, were created was to stop the Destroyers. Well guess what!? - Backward time flow Ram and Irradiated Noxon succeeded in stoping the Destroyers before they ever attacked!! So, yes those 2 and the rest of the group at Treble and Bass planets would remember it the way we read it, because they were the agents if change. But EVERY other character would have no idea. Even if we assume that our heroes (and the mice) were still created despite the fact that the Destroyers NEVER attacked (seems unlikely, but ok) they certainly would not be sitting around and talking about how their plan worked to stop the Destroyers!
Sorry, but am I missing something here, or is that the sloppiest ending he has ever written?
No really- someone please help me out here.
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