Fantastic Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novel

The book spans a period of roughly 80 years. It has several major events that occur and the author jumps from the events in order within the storyline with just enough prelude to each event to fill in a generalization of what led up to it. It allowed the action to flow pretty smoothly. Even with the gaps in between the crises, you are not left wondering what occurred during that period.

There wasn’t a lot of character background or buildup as the story focuses mainly on the growth and progress of the Foundation itself. It felt that the characters are ‘bit’ players, with just enough about them divulged to allow you to have a general idea of the type of personality he or she had.

The story felt complete and it ended with the suggestion that this was only the beginning of the Foundation’s journey. It was hard to put down, even though it was the third time reading it.

Pros

The novel is about the creation of the ‘Foundation’ and the storyline did focus on the Foundation, and the characters were only described enough to show what part they had in its growth.

The book is well written, probably due to the fact that it was edited by a professional english essay writing service.

The book was sectioned off into distinct periods of development and prior to each portion, there is a citation from the ‘Encyclopedia Galactica’ describing the primary character or situation of that section as a background. The details are left out, but the quote enhances each part, allowing it to read smoothly.

The quotes mentioned above come from the Encyclopedia ‘Galactica’, the original purpose of the Foundation was to write the Encyclopedia, but during the novel, it is said that the Encyclopedia was not important or needed. But, by seeing the quotes, it makes you believe there is something more to it.

The author uses morals very well, in that he uses dialogue between characters to present the moral as it applied in the storyline. For example, when the Foundation was faced with an impending destructive crisis, the moral, “…violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”, was presented in several ways.

Cons

One of the things that were missed was whether or not the Encyclopedia writers continued working on it after it was made clear that its creation was simply a ruse to protect Hari Seldon’s original stuff. Even though each major section of the book begins with an excerpt, you are left wondering how, who, when did it get done, or even if it was completely finished.

Not being able to put yourself in the place of any of the characters throughout the book made it seem as though the reader was an outside observer to whatever happened during any part of the story, or sub-parts of the main theme. It didn’t feel personal.