Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others' pasts, but revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, c2010
ISBN: 9781416991762
Characteristics: 662 p ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

I was thrilled to read another great book by Orson Scott Card, well-known for his science fiction series Ender’s Game. In this book, Rigg has the unique ability to see the life journey of every living creature. When his father dies, Rigg must travel to meet his sister that he hadn’t even known existed until his father’s death. Rigg is joined by Umbo, who has his own fascinating ability, and they are pursued by those that would see them executed. This book kept me speculating about Rigg’s ability and why his father would have kept so many secrets. Simultaneously, there is another story, with Ram who travels on a ship away from Earth. The stories seem completely unrelated… Anyway, I was fascinated with the adventure and intrigued by this new world, not unlike our own. A new favourite! (submitted by SMC)

Nov 13, 2014

As usual for Card, a book with a young boy as its main protagonist. It does, however, treat its other major characters with respect. This series, with just 2 books so far, contains fantasy and science-fiction elements, and it is certainly a thinking book, very being thought-provoking. Understanding time travel always creates a headache, however I believe that Card handles the subject better than many other authors, including Crichton (Timeline). I have also read the second book, Ruin, and think it is a great addition. I look forward to a third book, if it is coming. Highly recommended.

A really great read, a different planet but the adolescent boy is still the humble hero. HOWEVER the follow up book Ruin, should be 2-3 chapters at the end of this book so that this plot completes in the one story. The sequel is terrible and a waste of reading time. The concept of the Pathfinder and time slicers and computer run planet is one strong story, not two.

alicat120 Jul 16, 2014

I found this book quite entertaining. A lot of people said it was too confusing, however I enjoyed figuring it out and wouldn't change anything about the book. There was lots of adventure and there was never a dull moment.

TitaniumFang Apr 14, 2014

Loved the adventure in it and how unique Rigg's power was.

Apr 04, 2014

An adventure with a mix of fantasy and science fiction. The book explore the time travel paradoxes.

Dec 27, 2013

Enthralling from the first page. Characters you can easily relate to, and a compelling mystery (or several) to solve. I disagree with those who thought the time travel concept was difficult to understand. It was well explained, in bite-sized pieces that added to the fun of solving the mysteries. But if you want to know how it all works before you begin, just flip to the Acknowledgements section at the back of the book. (It won't spoil the main story for you.)

Aug 26, 2013

This book is basically about time travel. It is very complicated, but a great read. Highly recommended to my contemporaries; other teenage readers. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Jun 15, 2013

Enjoyable read, though overly long due to Card's inability to "self-edit" all the convoluited time-travel explanation, which personally made things more, rather than less confusing. It was almost as if he was trying to explain with hard science, what was truly a construct of his own mind, and not scientifically possible, in our time anyway. The afterword which brings some clarity to the parallel stories in every chapter, should be read once you've started the novel rather than left for the end to bring more clarity to this literary device. Not on the level of Ender's Game, but clever and inventive. Continued in the book Ruins.

Oct 03, 2012

Pathfinder was a brilliant book but some of the time travel concepts can be a bit overwhelming. I think the author really did a good job of connecting time lines and realities and actually acknowledging the different outcomes of time travel. Pathfinder has all the good elements of a good science fantasy novel, a fantasy world, futuristic technology, time travel, royal families, androids, just to name a few. I really look forward to the next book in this series.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Jan 29, 2017

cassinelso thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

rayyou94 Jul 04, 2013

rayyou94 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Nov 04, 2012

burgundy_raven_7 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Apr 29, 2012

IvanBello thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Nov 07, 2011

naruto12 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


Add a Quote
Jun 18, 2012

If you talk like someone used to being obeyed, people will obey you. But if you talk like someone who fears being disobeyed, they will despise you.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SPL

To Top