2010 first edition (hardcover)
|Author||Orson Scott Card|
|Cover artist||Mike Rosamilia|
|Series||The Pathfinder series|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
Pathfinder (2010) is a science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card, known for his novel, Ender's Game. This novel tells the story of Rigg, and his mysterious ability to see the "paths" of living things throughout time. It is the first book in the ongoing Pathfinder series, and is followed by Ruins.
Humans from Earth have colonized a new planet, giving it the name "Garden". A select few of the colonists have gained unusual abilities, such as the ability to slow down time or the ability to create an invisible wall that will turn away unwanted visitors. The story focuses on a boy named Rigg who has the ability to see the paths travelled in the past by any being, living or dead. After losing his father and mentor, Rigg must set out across the land to meet a sister he has never known.
Rigg spends his time hunting with his father in the mountains, trapping for valuable pelts. His father is his mentor, and so he has taught Rigg everything he knows. His father dies impaled by a tree, and the man's parting words were to find not Rigg's mother, but his sister, a person of whom Rigg had had no knowledge. After his father dies, Rigg tries to save a boy named Kyokay on the Stashi Falls (the waterfalls close to Rigg's home). During this rescue attempt, the paths around him solidify and people begin to appear in these paths. Someone else's path overlaps with Kyokay and because of that he is unable to save the boy. His brother Umbo sees this, starts throwing stones at him, thinking he could make him fall, and tells the villagers that Rigg murdered his brother. Shocked at this discovery, Rigg returns to his town only to find a mob ready to kill him for what they perceived as the murder of Kyokay. The innkeeper, Nox, hides Rigg, and gives him money, an address, and nineteen jewels inherited from his father. As Umbo's father was ashamed of him for perceiving it wrongly, he kicked Umbo out of their house. Umbo travels with his friend Rigg as he had nowhere to go. On the trip, it is found that Umbo has the power to make time slow down. In a place called Leaky's Landing, they meet a new man, Loaf, who offers to take the duo to the city of O, where they can sell the jewels for more money. During their stay in O, General Citizen, from the army of the People's Republic, arrests the trio, for it is found that Rigg is the supposedly a dead prince. Umbo and Loaf escape by jumping off the boat, but Rigg must endure an assassination attempt in order to make it to the capital city of Aressa Sessamo. Rigg, upon arriving in Aressa Sessamo, he is met by his mother, the queen. His sister, Param Sissaminka, has the ability to make tiny jumps into the future, speeding up the world around her in the process. When Rigg's mother decides to restore royalty, she decides that she will kill her children to make way for her children with General Citizen. Rigg, Param, and Umbo all flee to the wall (a barrier between other folds) in an attempt to go through it. The wall is unbreakable, and every time one goes near it, he/she starts going insane. With the combined forces of Rigg, Umbo, Param, Loaf, and Olivenko (Rigg's guard that was supposed to keep him under constant watch, who later turned into a deserter), they were all able to get past the wall. There, they found out Father was an expendable (a robot from Earth made approximately 11,000 years ago). They also found out that the 19 jewels were the keys to unlocking the Wallfolds on Garden (the name of the planet). The team is now setting off to other wall folds.
- "Pathfinder". Hatrack River Enterprises Inc. Retrieved 2012-05-15.