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The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card
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Mar 20, 2011

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Nafai lives with his father and his brothers outside of the great city of Basilica. He's not a child any more, but he doesn't know what he wants to do with his life. Then things get turned upside down when his father has a vision from the Oversoul. Nafai begins to wonder about his world, and soon discovers that the Oversoul, the world and everything he thought he knew is not what it seems. Now his family is caught up in the political intrigue of Basilica. How can Nafai keep his family safe and keep the city from going to war?

Card has created a fascinating world of the future. There's not much of a mystery here - the Oversoul is revealed to be a computer early on, and Nafai's discoveries come soon after his questions are brought up - but the setting itself is so novel that that doesn't matter. Nafai and his brothers are all interesting characters. Reading their interactions with each other reminded me of The Brothers Karamazov to a certain extent, and the family drama made me think of Abraham's or King David's families from the Old Testament. This is only the first volume in the series, and I am going to try and acquire the other volumes to see how Nafai's story ends.

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