YMMV: Orson Scott Card's Empire

  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Islam in the second book.
  • Anvilicious: Let's just say this book is not subtle in its execution and leave it at that.
  • Broken Base: Fans of Shadow Complex tend to be liberals who resent the political elements while fans of Orson Scott Card resent the video game elements.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: A benevolent dictator who started a civil war to put himself into power can sometimes be the best man for the job.
  • Ho Yay: A massive amount with its two protagonists. Ironic, given the author.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Averell Torrent.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The book's main theme is more and more relevant each year since it was written (2006), if the major political blogs and TV news shows are any indication.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The Ax-Crazy Progressive Restoration never actually says anything WRONG really, even if they all sort of are nuts.
  • The Woobie: Cecily, poor Cecily.
  • Word of God: The afterword where Scott Card speaks about the problems of extremism in the American political system. It's very apt, but is hamstrung by virtue of it following a book that only had one side be at all extreme.