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Xenocide [School & Library Binding]

Orson Scott Card
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Aug. 1 1992 0785716343 978-0785716341
The war for survival of the planet Lusitania will be fought in the heart of a child named Gloriously Bright.

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.

Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to become adults. The Startways Congress so fears the effects of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way, a second xenocide seems inevitable.
 
Xenocide is the third novel in Orson Scott Card's Ender Quintet.
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Orson Scott Card's Xenocide is a space opera with verve. In this continuation of Ender Wiggin's story, the Starways Congress has sent a fleet to immolate the rebellious planet of Lusitania, home to the alien race of pequeninos, and home to Ender Wiggin and his family. Concealed on Lusitania is the only remaining Hive Queen, who holds a secret that may save or destroy humanity throughout the galaxy. Familiar characters from the previous novels continue to grapple with religious conflicts and family squabbles while inventing faster-than-light travel and miraculous virus treatments. Throw into the mix an entire planet of mad geniuses and a self-aware computer who wants to be a martyr, and it's hard to guess who will topple the first domino. Due to the densely woven and melodramatic nature of the story, newcomers to Ender's tale will want to start reading this series with the first books, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. --Brooks Peck --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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As the penultimate story in the series that began with the impeccable Ender's Game, this volume is essential for fans but neither the book nor audio rise to the level of the first two volumes. The planet Lusitania is home to a small Portuguese colony, a newly discovered sentient race called the Pequininos, the last surviving Hive Queen of the Buggers, and Descolada, a virus that will destroy the human race if it gets off-planet. Because of the virus, a starship fleet is dispatched to destroy Lusitania. On the distant Chinese world of Path, a young pious girl influences history by uncovering secrets kept well-buried for millennia and in the process sealing the fate of both Lusitania and Path. The sanctimonious tone used by the girl's reader has great depth and fits the character so perfectly that she creates a fully dimensional, aggravating character. The pacing is as uneven as the cast's ability to maintain their Chinese and Portuguese accents. The music is randomly placed throughout and loses its effectiveness. A great deal of talent went into this production and while the good parts dominate, this is still a weaker effort in the series. Available as a TOR paperback. (Mar.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this, the third novel in the Ender series, the world of Lusitania is under threat. The planet is in rebellion, and the Starways Congress fears that if the descolada virus escapes from Lusitania all humanity will be at risk. The descolada virus kills all humans with which it comes into contact but the pequeninos (piggies) require it for the third stage of their life cycle. The human colonists on Lusitania eat food laced with inhibitors to keep the virus at bay. The Starways Congress has decided to destroy the planet: a fleet is on its way with the means to sterilize the planet.

If Lusitania is destroyed, then other sentient species will be destroyed. Andrew (Ender) Wiggins is working to prevent this, and the plot turns on whether Andrew, the members of his family and the leaders of the other species can work together to prevent this multiple xenocide. Research is undertaken in the hope that the descolada's deadly components can be neutralised without destroying the virus.

But the ultimate fate of Lusitania may rest with the Chinese Taoist colony of Path, with Han Fei-Tzu and his daughter Qing-Jao (`Gloriously Bright'). Gloriously Bright is able to discover various truths, but is unable to deal with some of the reality exposed.

`There are many different purposes in this world, many different causes of everything.'

Xenocide is a long novel with multiple themes. The themes of duty and absolution that were so much a part of `Speaker for the Dead' are continued, but there is also considerable reflection on the nature of life and the consequence of choice. Families are split apart as well during the battle to save or destroy Lusitania.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Aug. 2 2009
By Daiken
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading all the books in the Ender series, and I loved them all. Xenocide was very different from the others but still a great read. The ending also leaves you hanging so make sure you have Children of the Mind nearby to continue reading! The beginning Chinese philosophical chapters are a bit dull but they'll make more sense later in the book. The author could have spent less time on those chapters but I guess that was his choice. The book was still worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serious reading! May 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With every book in Ender series it's becoming more complex and sophisticated. This book is full of very interesting mostly phylosophical (especially interesting on role of religion) and metaphysical discussions. The drawback is that it's much more difficult to read. It takes some effort (at least this was the case for me) to get to the end. Although the series started as quite typical sci-fi I can't consider it to be this genre anymore (the presense of another planet and alien cultures notwithstanding). I am not saying that it's a shortcoming but it's something that future readers need to keep in mind not to be disappointed. I believe Orson Scott Card is a very smart person but not a great writer (if you judge his novels by such criterias as plot and character development). Still, it's a very interesting book assuming you know what to expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful. Feb. 8 2004
By Max
Format:Paperback
I've scanned some of the reviews for this book, to find that a lot of people found Card's change of pace difficult to digest. I suppose people were hoping for a similar dosage of brash suspense and violent conflict. Xenocide delivers something much different. Orson Scott Card is probably one of the few Sci-Fi writers who could get away with creating his own science. Some may argue that he does not accomplish that in this novel, but I beg to differ. Xenocide reads far more like a journey into the psyche of the feeble-brained human, than a simple conflict of interest which is once again, perpetuated by the patriotic, but ultiamtely antagonistic, Starways Congress. Card decided to write something less like a simple novel, and more like a philosophical odyssey. This book also tackles a very popular sci-fi issue of artificial intelligence, but with a complete twist. In this book, readers will actually feel a great deal of empathy for the one called "Jane." Her character makes this novel an emotional masterpiece... it may even be enough to bring one to tears. And the villians of the novel turn out to be multi-dimensioned to the nth degree. And finally, you are left with the story of many factions, fighting to do what they believe is right, and none seeming to be ultimately evil or ultimately good.
Card exposes the flaws and the beauty of the human psyche in what is easily one of his best works to date.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Philotes? March 30 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The wish for faster than light travel was a little too much to take in. A little too weird for my liking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Feb. 3 2014
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Started great, fell apart in the last quarter. It became cumbersome, and convoluted, and far too overcomplicated, in my opinion, completely without any reason.
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3.0 out of 5 stars strangeness of the sequel Nov. 26 2013
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If you were thinking this would be like Enders Game, you would be wrong. It is both stranger and grander than that as it follows Enders next steps. The introduction of species and religion and fanaticism into this story is interesting and gripping and yet distracting as a follow up to Enders Game.

The concepts of Gaia and the symbiosis of the main races involved is amazing story telling. The breadth of this book was immense in both time and space. Following Ender, and now Jane, kept me intrigued throughout.

Worth reading, but not what you expected. I sense Card's religious background noodling into the plot line. But it works.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Different Book
This book takes a completely different path from the previous novels and tries to engage itself in heavily religious concepts, making this book extremely dull and hard to read and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deepak
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
The first book in the series was quite captivating. But the second and this third book kind of looses some enticement to keep you reading. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Maurice
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've ever read
I never write reviews, but I just had to for this piece of shit book. After reading Ender's game and speaker of the dead In 4 days I couldn't wait to continue the endear storyline. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sebastien
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe SF readers actually enjoyed it
I can't believe all the good reviews Xenocide is getting. This book has no storyline, the so-called deep moral dilemnas could have been better laid out by a 4th grader (no offense... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2008 by S. R. Paquette
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
Xenocide is not quite up to par with the previous books in the Ender Series. It starts off slowly, with Jane cutting off ansible communications with the fleet that has been sent... Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by Josh Aterovis
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi for the thinking-person
Xenocide is Orson Scott Card's third installment in the Ender series, and the second book of the Speaker trilogy. Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by Jason
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