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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Enders Game comes a brand-new series following a teen who wakes up on an abandoned Earth to discover that he’s a clone!

Laz is a side-stepper: a teen with the incredible power to jump his consciousness to alternate versions of himself in parallel worlds. All his life, there was no mistake that a little side-stepping couldn’t fix.

Until Laz wakes up one day in a cloning facility on a seemingly abandoned Earth.

Laz finds himself surrounded by hundreds of other clones, all dead, and quickly realizes that he too must be a clone of his original self. Laz has no idea what happened to the world he remembers as vibrant and bustling only yesterday, and he struggles to survive in the barren wasteland he’s now trapped in. But the question that haunts him isn’t why was he created, but instead, who woke him up…and why?

There’s only a single bright spot in Laz’s new life: One other clone appears to still be alive, although she remains asleep. Deep down, Laz believes that this girl holds the key to the mysteries plaguing him, but if he wakes her up, she’ll be trapped in this hellscape with him.

This is one problem that Laz can’t just side-step his way out of.

©2022 by Orson Scott Card (P)2022 by Blackstone Publishing

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Enough Mansplaining

I think I’m going to take a break from Mr Card. Enough postulating, enough explaining, just enough already. The characters lacked emotional depth, the delivery lacked any emotion at all.

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boooooòring

I have been a huge fan of Osc for over 20 years.but.....this was boring and way too similar another story he wrote years ago. I also love Steven rudnicki but it was toooo much rudnicki.....

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Flat Flat Flat

The beginning of this book was so bland I almost gave up on it multiple times but I read a couple reviews and decided to stick with it. The biggest problem with the entire story overall is that it's very flat there is no roller coaster ride to this story there is no climax no peak nothing but a bland flat. The narrator he was great as always but always but the story itself fell short. There was more plot holes in this story that I expected. The ending came so abruptly I wasn't watching the time on what was remaining and remaining and was surprised that all of a sudden it ended. I was constantly waiting for something exciting to happen in this story. It never came

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Another Great O.S.C. Adventure

To me the style is that of classic Orson Scott Card. The voice of the protagonist is similar to that of many of his other books, but I personally love it and found the story interesting and engaging. The themes are also similar to ones he tackles in other books, but Wakers gives it a fresh spin with some fun unique mechanisms. A worthy read!

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Interesting but boring

I wanted to love this audiobook but it spends so much time talking theory that the amount of actual action or story is small by comparison. It was still enjoyable, but dragged on while the characters constantly discussed a theory that had so many holes it would take decades to try and fill them and make them more coherent and logical. There wasn’t a climax in my opinion, just a constant flow of events. I’m a huge Card fan, but this is the least enjoyable book of his in my opinion.

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Wonderful journey of heart, mind and soul!

I just finished wakers. Ohhh how I love these characters and worlds. I SO hope that there will be more books to follow, ESPECIALLY if read by my favorite Stephen Rudnicki! ❤️

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AWFUL NARRATION

Terrible narration! Deadpan and not appropriate for character's age. Too slow and monotone. Awful!! Argh!

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Skip this one

I was enthusiastic when I saw Orson Scott card head released a new novel. It began with an interesting premise then never progressed. Hours of rambling, personal philosophical thoughts that are repeated throughout, with no real plot or conclusion. Most stranger Wahl is the philosophical arguments based on a preposterous idea.
The reader was fine. His unusually deep voice seemed odd for a narrator but I got used to it and I’d Listen to him again. The book however I would say pass.

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Reluctantly finished hoping for more

I absolutely love cards books. This one did not do anything for me. Too much time spent telling you how the abilities function and Mundine details going nowhere.

A teenager with the ability to escape all responsibilities and conflicts at will?I think I’ve been living with that a little too long with the pandemic.

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College Freshmen discovering philosophy

This book took me back to college when all my flat mates started their philosophy 101 course and their minds were suddenly enlightened and they could not shut up about it.

There is barely a story here. It could be use as a thought exercise in a 101 level class. As far as a sci fi adventure, I wouldn't bother listening to it. I found myself tapping the 30 sec forward button quite often without missing anything.

I had to finish it because my brain doesn't let me stop a book midway. I'm hoping I can get my credit back.

The narrator has a nice voice but there is no inflection or distinctions between characters.

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  • 03-15-22

Doesn’t really get going

So slow, neither of the main characters are even likeable. Wasted 11 hrs on this thinking it would become a little more interesting…… it didn’t !

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  • 05-19-22

Teen angst

Light on story and sci fi
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I prefer the authors other novels

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  • Turing Complete
  • 04-28-22

Cringy and awkward

This novel was embarrassing. It reads like it was written by a middle aged incel who has an unhealthy obsession with unrealistic teenage interactions. How did this even get past an editor let alone progress to an audiobook.

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  • 04-27-22

An interesting idea, with a somewhat unusual shape

An interesting premise, carried out well. There are several moments when characters remind themselves and each other of the "rules" of this conceit, though oddly when one person says them to another, the one being told always reacts like its the first time they've considered it. I don't want to give the impression that this book becomes boring, but I do feel like the pace is faster earlier on, and steadies out towards the end. No idea whether this book has a sequel yet, but there certainly seem to be unresolved issues (though I think only one that's likely to lead to a follow-up). Not what I expected from the brief blurb I'd read.

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  • 04-03-22

a bit different

nice to find something that's a little original for a change.
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  • 03-20-22

Interesting but slow paced

I enjoyed the ideas in this story but some parts were pretty tedious. The early relationship development between the young ones and the dogs were the best parts. The narrator has a beautiful reading voice but sadly did a dreadful job of voicing the young female character. Seriously, it’s borderline offensive. I had to force myself to not quit because of it.