Thriving on a Good Book – The Pathfinder Trilogy

The Pathfinder trilogy, consisting of Pathfinder, Ruins and Visitors.  I trust you noticed the complete lack of an Oxford comma anywhere in that first sentence?

I read this trilogy from ’13-’15 and I have to say, they were a refreshingly cool drink in the midst of YA novels where feelingz, emotions and stupidity produce llama-drama in spades. Rigg, the main character starts out as a very young man on his own and has to figure things out. But he doesn’t whine, he doesn’t obsess and he doesn’t go girl crazy.  He stops, he thinks, he plans. In many ways, he is a return to form that Heinlen popularized with his juvenile novels; the capable young male who can handle what life throw at him.

Card also explores Time Travel, as best he can. A good bit I found tedious and tended to skip over but when I did dip my toes into the conversations, they made sense to me. I suspect Card spent some time thinking out what could happen before actually writing any of this.

I decided to add this trilogy to my Thrive series of posts because I thrive on characters that can think, not just react. Rigg is not a perfect character and he makes mistakes. But he doesn’t make stupid mistakes just so the author can use them to further the plot. He makes mistakes because he doesn’t know enough or because someone smarter than him is opposing him. I thrive on capable characters, characters I wanted to be when I was a teen and the kind of character that will mature into the kind of man I want to be now.

While the trilogy is complete, it would be nice if Card were to write another trilogy in this universe. However, I don’t see that happening and overall I’m pleased enough with how everything turned out to be satisfied. Further books might ruin things.

Highly recommended.


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25 thoughts on “Thriving on a Good Book – The Pathfinder Trilogy

    1. I only liked the first book in the Enderverse. The couple others I tried didn’t work for me. I did enjoy Ender’s Shadow though, so that and Game were the only 2 that did it for me.

      Card has been real hit and miss for me. I don’t recommend him as an author carte blanche because of my own track record 🙂

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    1. If you haven’t, try Ender’s Game and then Ender’s Shadow. If you don’t like either of those, chances are you won’t like Card at all. If you do like them, THEN try this trilogy 🙂


  1. “In many ways, he is a return to form that Heinlen popularized with his juvenile novels; the capable young male who can handle what life throw at him.”

    That is my kind of YA novel.

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    1. Too many characters simply aren’t smart any more. I don’t mind mistakes. In the Brent Weeks series, Kip the main character, makes a LOT of mistakes. But he’s not stupid.

      And in these books, the MC doesn’t make very many mistakes either. It was just nice to see someone writing about someone who is competent.

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  2. This goes to my TBR! I enjoyed Ender books (those two that I read…), but there were aslo some Card novels I really couldn’t stand. So, as you said, hit and miss. Glad this is a hit!

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    1. I’ve only read his Alvin Maker books and while they were ok, they all hovered around the 2.5-3 mark. A lot of what he’s written just never appealed to me at all based on the publisher’s synopsis…

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  3. I’ve been meaning to read Orson Scott Card for ages but have been wiffle-waffling as I didn’t want to spend my precious time on “snack food” literature. I’m glad to hear that it has some “meat” to it. Perhaps with time around Christmas I can fit in one or two.

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    1. I would liken this trilogy to Cliff bars. Health food purists will still turn their nose up, but for someone who is in the business, it is a lifesaver.

      As for Christmas, ha. I know my time is going to be extra full due to visiting family, so I’m trying to get as much reading done now and posts scheduled so I don’t have to worry 😀


  4. This is the kind of YA novel I would pick up. I just can’t deal with all the whinging and the ‘llama-drama’ 😀 I have hope again though, after reading ‘Skyward’….

    I only ever read ‘Ender’s Game’ by the author but really enjoyed it!

    Hope big of a topic is the time travel in this trilogy? I can’t deal with too much, always does my head in because it never makes sense haha

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    1. The time travel aspect is huge. It’s get weird, as the main character ends up becoming a secondary character while staying the main character. the secondary character gets a whole new name and everything. It is WEIRD.

      If you liked Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow is a good companion. It retells the story but from another characters view and it works really, really well.

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        1. I did read Speaker for the Dead. It was such a departure from the previous book that it put me off Card for years and years.
          It is so different that beyond having a few of the characters names, you wouldn’t know you were reading in the Enderverse.

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  5. hehehe just giggling at the “llama-drama” line- cos yes, that is a thing in YA 😉 I’ve been meaning to read this series for a while, cos I really did like Ender’s game, so I’m very excited to hear this was so good. Especially that the mc was actually capable (rather than being that typical YA hero that gets all the praise and credit for being “smart” but instead of actually doing anything just obsesses over their love interest). Great post!

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