Remember when I wrote about Orson Scott Card’s next book, titled The Swarm? Well, it came out in the beginning of August. I was on a mini-vacation, so I didn’t get a chance to snatch it from the library. Luckily, I remembered it last week and the library branch near work had a copy, so I went during lunch to check it out. You guys, it is amazing. Seriously. Though I would like to say that even though it’s marketed as the first in a trilogy, you really need to read the three prior books to fully understand it. I’m not sure why these six books (four of which are published now) are divided into two trilogies. Maybe that’s the way the contract for the author is written, or maybe he sold the first trilogy before the second. Whatever the reason, they’re not really two trilogies but rather one sextet (I think that’s the right word) of books. Trust me, read the first three before tackling The Swarm.
That being said, it’s nice to return to these characters in The Swarm. I remember them from the prior trilogy and avid readers will understand what I mean when I say they’re like old friends. I think my favorite character is a lady named Imala, an auditor. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past couple of years, it’s that 1) most people don’t even know auditors exist, and 2) auditors never get any glory, ever. In these books, though, this auditor is instrumental in saving the entire planet, and that’s just plain awesome.