Three thousand planet-bound years have passed while Ender the star-traveller remains young. In that time his name has become anathema, for he is the one who killed an entire race of thinking, feeling beings. No other has been found - until Lusitania is discovered. The young race there offers mankind a chance to redeem the previous destruction. The ...
Three thousand planet-bound years have passed while Ender the star-traveller remains young. In that time his name has become anathema, for he is the one who killed an entire race of thinking, feeling beings. No other has been found - until Lusitania is discovered. The young race there offers mankind a chance to redeem the previous destruction. The only humans allowed near are trained xenobiologists. But once again there are tragic misunderstandings. And when Ender, as Andrew Wiggin, is called to Lusitania to speak for the dead - to present to the community the terrible truth of why men have been killed by aliens - his actions can, and will, reverberate through an entire galactic empire.
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Whole new twist with Ender all grown up and trying to make peace between others and also with himself.
Jul 5, 2012
This is a sequel to "Ender's Game", an excellent sci-fi novel. "Speaker for the Dead" has a very different premise than "Game" and ingenious plotting. Be sure to read "Ender's Game" first. The rest of the Enders books are not worth bothering about; not one of them comes close to "Ender's Game" or "Speaker for the Dead."
Jul 18, 2008
This second installment in Card's famous series is almost as good as its predecessor. This book takes the tale of Ender even further. It is slightly more complex in its plot line but it is a truly rewarding read. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed the first book and for all fans of science fiction.
Publishers Weekly, 1986-01-24 Card's novel Ender's Game introduced Ender Wiggin, a young genius who used his military prowess to all but exterminate the ``buggers,'' the first alien race mankind had ever encountered. Wiggin then transformed himself into the ``Speaker for the Dead,'' who claimed it had been a mistake to destroy the alien civilization. Many years later, when a new breed of intelligent life forms called the ``piggies'' is discovered, Wiggin takes the opportunity to atone for his earlier actions. This long, rich and ambitious novel views the interplay between the races from the differing perspectives of the colonists, ethnologists, biologists, clergy, politicians, a computer artificial intelligence, the lone surviving bugger and the piggies themselves. Card is very good at portraying his characters in these larger, social, religious and cultural contexts. It's unfortunate, then, that many of the book's mysteries and dilemmas seem created just to display Ender's supposedly godlike understanding. A fine, if overlong, novel nonetheless. (March 3) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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