- Series: The Ender Quintet (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (August 15, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812550757
- ISBN-13: 978-0812550757
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,910 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet) Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1994
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“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.
+ Unique alien creatures and lanscape. The interactions between the creatures and various species on the planet was interesting.
+ Characters/Dilemmas: Each character is given a specific plot conflict/dilemma. Each grows and is addressed throughout the book
- The book is written at a higher level. It isn't as focused on the character level. This makes it slightly more difficult to relate too.