The Oversoul of the colony planet Harmony selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now grown a tribe in the years of their journey to Harmony's hidden starport, they are ready at last to take a ship to the stars.The Oversoul of the colony planet Harmony selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now grown a tribe in the years of their journey to Harmony's hidden starport, they are ready at last to take a ship to the stars.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-01-30 The fourth and penultimate book in Card's Homecoming Saga carries the travelers from the planet Harmony back to Earth at lastæthe first humans to set foot there in 40 million years. The journey through space intensifies the strife between Nafai, leader of the expedition chosen by the Oversoul (Harmony's master computer), and his brother Elemak, which erupts again into violence midway through the voyage. Nafai's Oversoul-given powers and the obvious futility of a rebellion in deep space force a renewed truce, but hostilities continue to simmer as the travelers reach Earth. As the humans establish a colony, they must make peace with two sentient species, evolved in humankind's absence, which live in a constant state of enmity. This action-packed, plot-rich installment features Card's typical virtuesæwell-drawn characters and a story driven by complex moral issues. As the narrative pace accelerates, however, the later episodes fragment and characters fade into the background. (Feb.)
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