I re-read this book and have a few updates. I keep the 4-star rating because I can't deny that this book is fun to read. However, this readthrough I noticed that the book was a bit choppier, and I could tell where Card went back through to add certain sections.
Also, oftentimes, Card is a tad bit shameless with the pubescent maleness of the main character and in the males of treason. Rape is commonplace and isn't taken seriously (boys will be boys, soldiers will be soldiers), and...more
TREASON by Orson Scott Card is back in reprint and comes recommended for anyone contemplating writing science fiction. A thought provoking tale of personal sacrifice, redemption and doing the right thing even though it is the hard thing, the book will ping your inner science fic...more
t takes him into the history of Treason, of the elites exiled for conspiring against the Republic. Most of them were highly positioned politicians, bankers, geneticists, investors, physicists, doctors, psychologists, theologians, socialites, engineers, philosophers, and professors – a relatively narrow strata of the po...more
This novel is a juxtaposition of Homer's The Odessy, a futuristic dystopia, and a C. S. Lewis thematic presence. A weird combination. But, once Lanik is able to collect all the tools he needs, the story opens up and the novels seems to say, "This is what it has been all about." I was even pleasantly surprised with the resolution between he and h...more
I did have some questions about the main character's justifications for...more
Treason, by Orson Scott Card, was first given to me by my cousin. After he passionately talked about the tale, I was eager to consume Card’s enlightening words.
This tale is intricately woven and completely broadens your perception. Orson Scott Card writes so well while explaining Lanik’s thoughts, they become your own. As his mind expands to unthinkable thoughts and possibilities, your mind expands. Every time his mind is blown, so is your own. On the planet Treason, there’s only one way out: T...more
The metal-poor prison planet Treason is divided among 80 clans that are descended from the members of an intellectual cabal that threatened a populist empire 3 millenia ago. By selectively trading precious iron with each clan, the empire reinforces specialization, competition, and social fragmentation across the planet.
In Treason, Orson Scott Card tells the story of Lanik Mueller, a "radical regenerative" who is exiled from his clan of geneticists. Wandering (and bleeding) fr...more
This is his second novel, which makes this quite a feat. He published 2 others the year this came out (1979?) too. That's a fantastic accomplishment. He does a great foreword in this edition, too. He's pretty religious now from what I've heard & this boo...more
One-hundred generations ago, a group of rebels were banished from the planet Treason after trying to rebel against the republic. The group divided the planet amongst them and went on to start families and found kingdoms in their name. (Don't ask me how they started families, it being an individual who founded each kingdom, and also how they aren't all inbred to all hell.) To get iron, which represents both potential planetar...more
The protagonist comes from a family that had developed the ability to regenerate limbs (a nation of Wolverine's, with no crazy skeletons and more regenerative issues). Do to a deformity he is ostracized and spend...more
However, about 3/4 of the way into the book, the story took some dramatic and surprising turns that really redeemed the novel. The final conflict/encounter was sim...more
The story is excellent but the writing in Tre...more
Holy hell this book is dumb. How dumb? Imagine all the dick-swinging, adolescent bravado and over-done Mary-Sue-ness of your favorite Heinlen sci-fi (say, Glory Road), add in EVEN MORE overt misogyny, and this time, throw in a BUNCH of overt racism as well.
And, of course, the cover illustration (different here from the version I had...more
I finally gave up. I’ve moved on, mostly. He does have some intriguing ideas that make me think about reading his books every once in awhile. (This happens when I read about Terry Brooks as well – though usually the desire to read his books is more of a “Hmm...more
If I could sum Treason up in one word, I would say that it's lackluster. This is one of his early books, so we can't expect the same kind of polish that he would be writing with nowadays, but this book wandered around (literally) so much that sometimes I couldn't tell what the story would end up being about. Now that I've fin...more
It seems almost seems like a metaphorical story, like new or more elaborate embellishment of an already well-known tale. Maybe we are supposed to think that however, because the narrative reads more and more like a history as you get into it.
If that was intended, then it's genius. If not,...more
I have this 3 stars only because it may not draw me back. I judge all Card works against how Ender's Game caused me to to rethink. This book does a good job of causing the reader to think and rethink their own world view but a few depths were not fully plumbed.
Definitely not Card at the top of his game, but certainly worth a look, this book has it's ups and downs. While I could at times identify with the main character, and the story mostly kept my attention, I at times found myself wishing to skip through to a more interesting part of the story.
Some characters and relationships are less interesting than others, and occasionally the only motivation the reader has for caring about those characters is that Card is telling us to. Moreover, certain minor...more
Each person who was cast out had a particular affinity for something ie, geologist, geneticist, inventing, etc. And their descendants have perfected that area of expertise and have developed something because of it. That's not really a great...more
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th...more
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"Wonderful," said the ancient Nkumai who sat on a cushion near the corner pole of the house. "I'm glad for you."
That was all, and apparently he meant to say no more. "Why are you so glad?" I asked.
"Because it's good for every human being to have an unfulfilled wish. It makes all of life so poignant.”
"He spoke to you? He didn't say a word to me," I said.
"Don't change the subject, young man. I'm accusing you of violating the laws of nature."
"Nature's virtue is intact. I just know some different laws.”