Empire If you've ever read Orson Scott-Card's sci-fi masterpiece Ender's Game (you haven't? Go ahead, I'll wait. See, I told you), you know Card's gift for… Empire If you've ever read Orson Scott-Card's sci-fi masterpiece Ender's Game (you haven't? Go ahead, I'll wait. See, I told you), you know Card's gift for… 2006-11-28 Fiction Tor Books
Book Review

Empire (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 28, 2006; Writer: Orson Scott Card; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Tor Books

If you've ever read Orson Scott-Card's sci-fi masterpiece Ender's Game (you haven't? Go ahead, I'll wait. See, I told you), you know Card's gift for capturing both military strategy and psychology. Empire, a cautionary adventure about a second U.S. Civil War between liberals and conservatives, is a similarly blistering read. Card plots hard-boiled action just as well as Tom Clancy, and layers in character detail and dialogue you'll never find in a Jack Ryan novel. But Empire betrays its well-earned reality when huge War of the Worlds-style robots attack Manhattan. That'll help sell the movie — already in preproduction — but not readers.

Originally posted Nov 24, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints
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