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Empire by Orson Scott Card
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Sep 30, 2011

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I thought the premise of the book was fascinating — an American civil war between red and blue, though it wasn’t between states, but more between large cities vs the suburbs and rural areas. Watch the news and you’d think this was about to happen! I’ve read some of Card’s writing about politics, and I can agree with quite a bit of it, so I thought this would be a really interesting look at a possible future. The plots itself races along, though I thought it would be bigger and more epic than it was. Look at the cover! Explosions! Tanks! Fire! Helmets! There was some of that, but not nearly as much as I expected.

The characters were, however, exactly what I expected — likable and loyal to country but conflicted when faced with a civil war and leaders who can’t be trusted. True to Card’s political leanings, the book slanted right, though I thought he did an mostly-okay job of showing both sides different issues. I kind of enjoyed the quippy dialogue (Card can be a very clever writer), but it didn’t feel like it fit the feel of the novel at all (the lackluster narration did not help with this). I have a hard time imagining people cracking so many jokes in the midst of battle. And there were holes all over the place in the storyline that drove me nuts. So, overall, the whole thing fell a little flat for me.

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