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When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh--a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive--but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can't yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can't work together to alter the past, there will be no future.
The adventure, suspense, and time travel continue in this second installment in the critically acclaimed New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestselling Pathfinder series.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, c2012.
ISBN: 9781416991779
Branch Call Number: YA CARD O
Characteristics: 530 pages ; 22 cm.


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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 19, 2019

Sequel to *Pathfinder*. *Ruins* is the even more complex followup to what I thought was the most complex YA novel ever written. These are books about time travel in which information traveling backwards in time changes the present, over and over, restarting some plot lines and sending others in two directions at once.

Do not start with this book. Start with *Pathfinder*

In *Ruins*, Rigg and Umbo and their friends discover how their world was started and how it is organized, into 19 separate walled countries with striking similarities and dangerous differences. They also discover that their world is likely to be destroyed in several years when another wave of settlers will visit, unless their time travel abilities can change the future. They also discover that the world is secretly under the control of the “expendables”, immortal mechanical creatures created to be servants. Or maybe it is really under the control of one group of humans who know the future and can control the expendables. But really the control is secretly in the hands – or paws – of intelligent mice. Or none of the above. And never forget that everyone lies, and the BIGGEST lie is when someone says, “I don’t lie.” (If this sounds like a book about politics, well, it’s that, too.)

You may need a wall-chart to track the plot-line jumps, flips, and restarts. And have the final book, *Visitors*, close at hand.

Sep 23, 2015

I am an MacCaffrey and Asimov fan so was pleasantly surprised by some new to me concepts in this time jumping men versus machines novel.

My comment on Pathfinder stands here, this book would have been better as 3-4 chapters at the end of Pathfinder. Ruins is an unnecessarily drawn out plot which adds little to characters' maturity. The adolescent bickering and 'discovery' of time travel talents as well as guessing if the computers are lying or not were not clever plot twists. I suspect that Orson Scott Card did not write this book, the writing style was unsophisticated and lacked subtly. Ruins ruined the Pathfinder story for me.

Oct 18, 2013

Ruins – Sequel to Pathfinder; a continuance of a story involving time travel. It is a very complicated novel and requires the reader to really focus while reading. However, it is a very interesting story. Highly recommended to my contemporaries; other teenage readers. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Aug 31, 2013

I thought that it was pretty good, though a lot more complicated than book one. The whole "time travel" gets a lot more complicated, and with the facemasks... I could have done without them. There were a lot of long passages with his time travel explanations that were a little hard to pay attention to, but it was good.

Jul 02, 2013

thiss book gets very intresting and the seconnd part at the beging of each chapter will make sence in the second book.

Mar 26, 2013

A deep, philosophical look into what it means to be human and how we judge and see others. The characters are complex, and the setting is realistic to an extreme. Great book and series.

Dec 21, 2012

I had such high hopes after finishing the Pathfinder(loved it!!), I couldn't wait to read this one. It was disappointing. And when I found myself almost falling asleep while reading this book under daylight, I knew it was time to put this down and find a new series.


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