The continuing saga of Nafai and his family on the planet Harmony brings the hero once more into conflict with Oversoul--the orbiting space station that controls almost every aspect of life on the planet. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.
The Oversoul has been responsible for keeping mental blocks in place that prevent humans from engaging in warfare and other lesser activities. But as the computer grows weaker, Moozh, a great warrior intent on flouting the will of the Oversoul, has raised an army using forbidden technology and is ready to attack Basilica, home of Nafai and his family. However, taking actions to stoop Moozh only delays the effort to get the Oversoul back to Earth.
While the quest to return to Earth is the driving story of the novel, the main appeal of "The Call of Earth" is the interaction between the main characters. Nafai's position as the Oversoul's chosen spokesperson makes him somewhat bolder in expressing his affections for Luet, the object of his affections, but puts him at odds against his older half-brothers Ellemak and Mebbekew, who are murderously jealous about the new order. These stories will remind you of Old Testament tales of prophetic visions and brothers bent on killing brothers, and the book's ending will have the same sort of biblical resonance.
The Harmony part of this series concludes with the third volume, "The Ships of Earth," before moving on to the two Homecoming books.Read more ›
The combination makes this work both below Card's normally excellent standards, and also not a very good book.
I would have given this one four stars except for the fact that the story is so complex and you can't just leave the series for an extended period and then start again and hope to understand what is going on.
Card remains one of my favorite authors.