Gathering Blue should not be expected to Continue the enchanting and, yes semi-plausible future world discovered in The Giver. Both books have few simGathering Blue should not be expected to Continue the enchanting and, yes semi-plausible future world discovered in The Giver. Both books have few similarities, least of all any of the characters. What captured me with this one are the many similarities in which one finds these brand new characters under a completely different governing body and societal rendering. Gathering Blue goes down a bit smoother and is a touch more digestible than its perceptively unrelated previous counter part. I have high hopes the two stories will converge in one of the two that follow. I look forward to the next one....more
This fun interaction of children with higher intelligence in an impossibly frustrating, super-regulated, and even monotonous existence is lacking. I dThis fun interaction of children with higher intelligence in an impossibly frustrating, super-regulated, and even monotonous existence is lacking. I don't know whether the issue is the book comes so late after the latest Bean book, or whether because I moe recently finished the tie-in stories for the Ender books. I enjoyed tracking the kids through their different levels of awareness. I enjoyed reading about these super intelligent 5 year-olds and comparing them to mine (no accurate comparison, of course). I even enjoyed the way this one was ultimately wrapped up. Still, the story in my opinion is lacking substance for me. Perhaps it's lacking for character-building filler experiences. Maybe the book could use some reflection stories to give the kids more depth as the kid geniuses they are. Shadows in flight is entertaining but overall lacking too much to deserve more than three stars rating....more
I loved reading the background stories to Ender's Parents, but was sad when their story stopped so abruptly. They barely have one good day together, aI loved reading the background stories to Ender's Parents, but was sad when their story stopped so abruptly. They barely have one good day together, and it's like Paul Harvey steps in with his famous tag line, "and now you know the rest of the story". I wanted more, and felt robbed. Then the story quickly jumps (no transition) to a portion that seemed to have come straight out of Ender's Game, only there were discrepancies. There's a discrepancy with Graff's character and his age(within this book, not even considering the other stories), and also with who was in his "jeesh" for the final battle. The next story that's told is of Jane's existence. I enjoyed readying the background story for her and Ender, but when finished I simply wanted more.
The stories were well written, but had I not been familiar with the Ender Universe, I wouldn't have had the slightest idea what was going on at the start of the short story Ender's Game in the book. I expected First Meetings to be a fun stand alone story about Ender's parents, somehow fitting in an introduction to Jane. Instead, I read about 70 really fun pages of the parents, then was jumped into Ender's Game for a bit, and then brought into Jane's world for the last part. This book should've been focused on Ender's brilliant parents and their journey to love and parenthood. I would've loved reading about them as young parents of overly bright kids. Jane's story should've been another seperate tale. There's so much depth to that character, 70 or so pages couldn't do her justice....more
This book is very short! I can see why there wasn't room for this story in Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow (the two other books that took place at BattThis book is very short! I can see why there wasn't room for this story in Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow (the two other books that took place at Battle School), since this story, and particularly the character it is centered on doesn't have any real signifigance to the plot to save the world against the Formics.
That being said, I really enjoyed this side step from the regular story. Dink Meeker was the king of this story, though Ender was still given the praise in the end. There are good bible references, and wonderful insights. This story is complimentary to both Ender's Game, and Ender's Shadow....more