Haunting, compulsive, urgently readable...Storytelling genius - INTERZONE
Certain to be one of the most soughtafter books of the year - LOCUS
The planet called Harmony had been settled by humans nearly forty years before. The colony had been placed under the care of an artificial intelligence, the Oversoul, high in orbit. This master computer had one overriding command: guard the people of Harmony.
But now the Oversoul is itself in danger. Soon, within a thousand years, catastrophic war will break out on Harmony unless the Oversoul can be repaired. The master computer has determined that it must be taken back to lost Earth; someone on Harmony must be given back the knowledge of space travel in order to save the planet from destruction. For one family, about to be caught up in an approaching civil war, life will change for ever.
The first book in the brilliant Homecoming series.
Books by Orson Scott Card:
Alvin Maker novels
The Crystal City
Ender Wiggin Saga
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mind
Ender in Exile
The Memory of the Earth
The Call of the Earth
The Ships of the Earth
First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
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The memory of earth
Overall, the book gains momentum an impetus as the story begins to unfold. On the physical side, there are many many errors, which I believe are mistakes of the proofreading and checking of the story; there are many misspelled words.
In my opinion, the author has deliberately made connections with the Russian language, in terms of pronunciation and also name creation. Personally, I like that, because I live in Russia.
The story is quite disjointed, in my opinion, in the beginning, and takes a while to get a hold of, in order to start to understand what is happening.
The way the quest has been described, starts to increase the interest in each of the characters, and leaves one really guessing, until almost the end of the first book, about who is really guilty and who is not.
It also seems to carry a close resemblance to the biblical character Joseph, and what his brothers did to him.
I'm looking forward, very much, to reading the next book in the series.
This seems to be a great story 60 pages in, however the OCR encoding is shockingly poor, and clearly hasn't even had the most perfunctory checks made of the quality.
I would suggest buying the physical book instead.
I'm a huge OSC fan, but this iBook is unreadable - there isn't a single page without encoding errors; words that don't fit, missing (or nonsensical) pronunciation. Very disappointing.