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Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet) Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1994
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THE ENDER UNIVERSE
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The Authorized Ender Companion: A complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things, and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.
“A great read!” ―UPI Reviews
“Less brash than Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead may be a much better book. Don't miss it!” ―Analog
“Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to Ender's Game is highly recommended.” ―Library Journal
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By way of negatives, there are a few. First, there are a whole lotta characters in this book, and it took me a bit to keep track of them all. Second, portions of the plot felt a little forced. The xenologists studying a new race decide to ignore the limitations enforced to prevent that race from learning anything new, but the scientists still don’t ask any of the demanding and reasonable questions they have (as if they're still bound by that limitation.) Two humans either volunteered or were forced to do something horrific (that remains a secret that confounds everyone for most of the book) but never argued their way out of it or alerted loved ones? And after almost 50 years of dedicated scientific research, Ender walks in and knows more in three hours?
If you can accept all that, the story is beautiful and moving, the characters rich and human and the ending both satisfying and tragic. It may be a little too neat, but I still found it a thoughtful and emotional story.
This book isn't Enders game. If you read the authors foreword then you will know it was originally a book written without Ender only to be rewritten and add him in later instead of whoever the previous antagonist was. This is a novel based on learning about possible intelligent life and their culture on a foreign planet.
-Some fantastic characters
-There were some characters that were clearly presented and felt better than others.
-No action. As in none. Zero.
-I predicted the majority of the ending correctly about 1/5 of the way through the book.
-There was nothing overly clever about this book, it went where I thought it would and little to no twists.
Solid 3/5 stars in my view. The book was unique in it's own way but it just felt too... simple. like I said there wasn't even a minor plot twist that caught me off guard or anything that made me raise my eyebrows.
Speaker for the Dead is an amazing book; I could not put it down. The author is philosophical, but in a way that makes you understand more about yourself and things around you. I cried tears of grief and tears of great amazement in reading this book.
Truth, lies, good and evil, life, death and rebirth; all defined from a slightly different point of view.
The author’s introduction, explaining a bit about his thought process and how he wrote the book led me to believe there was going to be something very gory and evil in the way life is sustained on Lusitania. Nothing could be further from the truth. The whole life cycle of the piggies turned out to be VERY different from anything we know on Earth, but so awesomely beautiful, I felt as if I could easily live in harmony with them on Lusitania.
Anthropological research protocols definitely come into question in this book. The author challenges you – what would you do in this situation? Would you insist that these beautiful but very different beings be brought to human standards? Would that be right? What if YOU were that Xenador (researcher) would you do the same and try to benefit the beings you were studying or would you try cold-heartedly to stick to protocol? I cannot even explain the depth of this author’s understanding of the human mind, fixed ideas, religion, politics, the rise and fall of civilizations; and space travel of course.
If Enders Game made a good movie, Speaker for the Dead would be totally epic.
This book has a fairy tale ending. In the end, I have only one question – can we trust the hive queen?
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Like a wild space adventure
And omg the characters... so relatable
I can’t really comprehend my satisfaction with the ending either