Oh boy, I knew I was in for a ride when even Isaac Asimov admitted he wrote this book only because of peer pressure in the introduction. The original Foundation was always a book of grand ideas where human characters even if they appeared would only give the plot a light push and promptly disappear into the history of millennia spanning epic. This book, on the other hand, is almost entirely a character piece — and a poorly written one, too, at that — that has not a hint of the greatness of its predecessors. Had it not shared the lore, I would’ve never guessed this thing was supposed to be *that* Foundation.
|Crisp, easy to digest prose||Underwhelming characters|
|Adds nothing of importance to the Foundation lore|
|Feels completely uninspired|