Card is a great storyteller. This is the first of a series...The Homecoming. The planet Harmony has had tranquility for millions of years, but the "Oversoul" is dying. Things are coming apart. A GREAT READ!
This is book one of a series. It's the best one in the series, in my opinion, a compelling story of a world watched over by the "Oversoul", an artifical intelligence.
I'm a big fan of OSC and I'm pleased with this series so far (after 1 book). It took a little longer to get into the book than usual, but I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Superb sci fi - the first in the Memory of Earth series by Card. Brilliant!
Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors. I've enjoyed every one of his books, including this one.
The three pillars of a story are setting, character, and plot. Orson Scott Card spends a whole lot of time on this one establishing setting, and even introducing several characters who don't factor into the story at all, all for a lackluster plot. The concept is good; the action is a letdown.
At least one character who is supposed to be sympathetic is excessively violent, which is a big turnoff for me in a story. The protagonist allows himself to be led to do things by listening to his "god"--even so far as to take violent, criminal actions he himself strongly resisted--rather than figuring out his own strategies.
This is the first book in a series, so perhaps the follow-up novel ties together some plot holes and stray characters. However, I believe a novel should stand on it's own merits, not rely on the series, and on its own merits, about a third of this book should have been edited out. On the other hand, Orson Scott Card has a gift for writing style, and this book pulled me right along to finish it in only a couple of days.
The planet Harmony is in trouble. The Oversoul is wearing out and humans must return to Earth to find the secret to renew the Oversoul. Problem is that no one on Harmony "remembers" space travel. Welcome to a world and civilization where human aggression is controlled by a computer, the Oversoul, so that humans will not have the capability of destroying their world again. This is the first of a series called "Homecoming" and after finishing this book, you will be looking for the next book in the series. It is another wonderful story by Orson Scott Card.
The planet called Harmony had been settled by humans nearly forty million years before. The colony had been placed under the care of an artificial intelligence, called the Oversoul, high in orbit. This master computer had one overriding command: Guard the people of Harmony against the dangers that destroyed humankind on Earth and other worlds. But now the Oversoul was itself in danger. Its systems were failing. Soon, within a thousand years, catastrophic war would break out on Harmony unless the Oversoul could be repaired.
The Oversoul determined that its core must be taken back to lost Earth, to interface with the Master Computer there, to be repaired and reprogrammed. But in order to do that, someone on Harmony must be given back the knowledge of space travel. And so the Oversoul must interfere directly with individuals on Harmony, in order to save the planet from disaster.
And so, on the planet, while on the road to the city called Basilica, a man named Wetchik had a vision of destruction, sent by the Oversoul. Soon his sons, Elemak, Issib, Mebbekew, and Nafai were drawn into conflick--with the city and with each other--as the Oversoul began destabilizing forty million years of social engineeing. But even a master computer worshipped as a god cannot guarantee that knowledge will be used only as it is intended.
"The Memory of Earth" is the first of a new five book series that will carry its readers from the road to Basilica back to Lost Earth.
High above the plantet Harmony, the Oversoul watches, its task programed so many millennia
ago, to guard the human settlement of this plant-to protect this fragel remmmant of earth from all threats. To protect them most of all from themselves.
But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realized that it has lost a access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. An on the planet men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest.
High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet--to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all, from themselves.
The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks, and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people, the artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission.
But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet, men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest.