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.