Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Featured Book: Empire, by Orson Scott Card

Most of us have an incredibly narrow historical perspective when it comes to the U.S.A. I was fortunate enough to come here with my family in 1975, when I was 15-years old. I became a U.S. citizen 11 years later. I had to learn a few things about this country's history and government in order to become a citizen, and I have learned a lot more since, and yet my frame of reference is constrained by and contained within the very recent past. What Orson Scott Card does in this unnerving near-future novel is to show us how close we could be to repeating the past. With vitriol being slung back and forth between far-right and far-left, "the American dream shatters into violence." War breaks out between American and American. The unthinkable explodes into being as a new civil war is born. This book is a must read, as are all of Card's novels. (My favorite is still the first one I ever read by him, Lost Boys; that one had me in tears at the end, and I'm a guy!). Click on Empire to get it from Amazon.