I’ve just finished listening to an audiobook version of Orson Scott Card’s novel “Empire”. It’s quite an impressive novel, bringing together action, science fiction, politics and some modern philosophy.
It explores the idea of a red-state vs. blue-state American civil war brought about by manipulating the media and the people through some interesting psychological ploys.
As stated by the author himself, it wasn’t entirely his idea - having been approached by the Chair Entertainment Group, an American video game producer - and offered the chance to develop the game’s storyline as well as a novel to set the series into action. This is not to say that it’s not an incredibly well thought-out story, with rich character development and the just the right amount of workout for your imagination.
There’s so many twists and turns through this story that at times I was left with an intense feeling of being right in the story, lost as to what’s going on and wondering what will happen next. The plot rarely pauses and by the time you get to the end it showed no sign of slowing down until the very last word.
Well worth a read in my opinion, get your copy here at amazon.com 🙂