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The Call of Earth [Hardcover]

Orson Scott Card
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Jan. 1 1993 Homecoming (Book 2)
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.

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Following the sometimes dubious directives of the dying Oversoul--an orbiting computer that has preserved peace on the planet Harmony for millennia, Naifeh and his family prepare to voyage to the stars in search of the planet called Earth. With characteristic insights into the moral nature of the individual, Card explores the ramifications that face those persons chosen to answer a "higher call." This second volume of the "Homecoming" will appeal to the author's many fans and is a good purchase for most libraries.
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"The Memory of Earth promises to be volume one of five in the Homecoming series. And I'm hooked....A thoroughly enjoyable piece of storytelling. What the heck--bring on number two."--Chicago Tribune

"Superb"--Publisher's Weekly
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I was fortunate that when I read "The Memory of Earth," the first volume in Orson Scott Card's "Homecoming: Harmony" series that I had the next, "The Call of Earth," on hand. Things were just getting interesting when the opening book of the five-volume series concluded, as young Nafai was following the dictates of the Oversoul, the benevolent super computer that has been watching over humanity since it arrived on the planet Harmony, 40 million years after the supposed destruction of Earth. But the Oversoul is breaking down and needs to heed the call of the Keeper of Earth and return for repairs.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars keeps the good series moving. April 6 2001
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This second novel of the Homecoming Series picks up right where the first one stopped. However, a key addition to this novel is the outside force of the warrior Moozh. Now, Moozh is seizing a golden opportunity in which to overthrow Bascilica. However, Moozh thinks that he is going against everything the Oversoul has in mind for him, but little does he know the true story. He will be shocked by the end of the novel, and his surprise will bring certain characters full circle in their life history.
This novel is just like the first one, in that the characterization is excellent, and the pace is fast. The novel kept me intrigued from the get-go, and also added more tension between certain members in the family. You will be able to see the pressure building that will eventually lead to a climax in later novels. In comparison to other novels in the series, this one shows the most unique aspects of the series. There is interaction between different cultures, and you catch a glimpse of life on Harmony. Furthermore, the reader gets to see part of the whole plan designed by the Oversoul to bring Volemak's family together. Enjoy this and get ready for the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great peice of literature. April 22 2000
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I thoroughly enjoined this addition to the quintet. Never was there a time when I felt bored with the story line or discontent with the tempo.
Orson Scott Card writes great literature. He ties in an underlying philosophy to every novel and set of books that he writes. After you read one of his books, you come away a better person than you were when you started.
The Call of Earth is no exception. This book tells the story of a man fighting his whole life against the influences of god, only to realize that everything he that he does to resist only aids god in his final cause. It puts under the microscope what happens to people when they realize that maybe god isn't all knowing and that sometimes he needs help. The story is also displays humanity at its best (love, compassion, faith, empathy, and the ability to except the ideas of others), and at its worst (Greed, jealousy, lust, religious hysteria, and pride).
The characters are all expanded upon nicely, and a few minor ones come in to the fore ground adding a refreshing change.
The ending could not have been better written and I was not the least bit disappointed.
If you're looking for action and adventure don't read the set. If you're looking for a story that will stick with you your whole life, by all means, indulge yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, compliments the series well June 22 2001
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First of all, this is a great book. While it's practically impossible to read unless you've read the one before it, that's how it is with most series'. The characterazations, both of good characters and "villians" are supurb, and the plot is both epic and believable. It continues almost exactly where book one left off, right after Nafai kills whats-his-name for the Oversoul. This story immediatly begins on a darker note as several new characters enter the story, and the Oversoul's true intentions begin to become clear... Anyway, I won't say anything else because I just can't bring myself to spoil it for you, but trust me, this is an awesome series! One thing that did bother me about though was while this series seemed to take an interest in the rights and interests of women, it seemed to take the other side halfway through the book, which was quite annoying. Besides that though this was a great book that I recommend to any sci-fi fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Second in the series.... A Little slow off the mark
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