Read so far:
1. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss [x] [N]
2. The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock [x] [N]
3. Poison Study by Maria Snyder [N]
4. Kushiel's Dart by Jacquline Carey
5. Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti [x]
6. Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card [x] [N]
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook
Pathfinder has a book trailer created by the publisher, and I was going to post it but it really doesn't do the book justice.
It's labeled as a YA book, the first in a 'new teen series', but it's one of those YA books that is called a YA book because it's about teenagers... kind of like Hunger Games or (believe it or not) the Animorphs series or the later Harry Potter books. The content, in terms of violence and sex, is extremely mild, but the concepts are complex -- even I had to go back and reread several passages.
Pathfinder is in a genre I really have a kink for - science fiction disguised as fantasy - with time travel and androids and spaceships. But those things are really an afterthought: the book is about a teenage boy who (like so many fictional teens before him) discovers he has a mysterious past, that he is not who he always thought he was, and that there are people who would like to kill him. Thankfully, he, his friend and his new-found sister have special abilities that might help to keep them alive...
When I started reading this book - even when I finished it - I had no idea this was the first in a series, but it makes sense: it's a complete story in its own but there's definitely a lot more to be told. And I can't wait to keep reading about Rigg, Umbo, Param, Loaf and the rest of them; Orson Scott Card's stuff might make my brain hurt, but I would argue with anyone who said that the guy isn't a narrative genius. Did I see the twist coming? Yes - at least part of it - though it was the satisfying kind of 'putting the pieces together slowly' kind of seeing it coming right before the characters figure it out, not the 'saw it coming from a mile away' kind.
So, Alli like!