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Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet [Mass Market Paperback]

Orson Scott Card
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Aug. 15 1992 The Ender Quintet (Book 3)
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

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Losing faith in card Oct. 25 2003
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Ender's Game rocked. Speaker was kind of dull, but an interesting 180 from Ender's Game. Xenocide, while I think it was a little better than Speaker, could have been so much better if he'd cut mayeb 100 pages from it. It's very long, very dry, and very slow. For four hundred pages he hits us with problems and quandries, then solves them very ho hum, as if it's no big deal. Better than a lot of stuff i've read, but a let down as far as Card's work is concerned. If the next one is any worse, I may forego Card's work for a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful. Feb. 8 2004
By Max
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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2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment. Sept. 21 2003
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I hate myself for writing these words, but they must be written: Xenocide is a major disappointment.
In all honesty, ANY sequel to Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead would probably be something of a disappointment. Those two books did a superb job of telling an excellent story in an extremely detailed universe. It's a miracle the Card managed to follow them up at all, given their scope, but, sadly, the follow-up will leave even the most faithful Ender fan let down.
Card clearly likes to write. That's why he's written so many books. But he must have REALLY wanted to write this time around, because every single conversation is long beyond belief. Every character has something to say concerning some ethical or philosophical issue, but then some other character who has a different take on that issue shoots down the points made by the first person. And then the first person goes and shoots down the shoot-down. Except then the second person shoots down the shoot-down of the shoot-down, and that soon gets shot down as well. I am NOT exaggerating.
This is the root of all problems in Xenocide. Card writes too much when it comes to everything, especially all the trivial, boring points, and as a result, everything else gets bogged down too. The story is good, but you can only get bits and pieces at one time because there's so much dialogue shoved in between.
All of this is encompassed in the single, biggest flaw in the entire series: Orson Scott Card only wrote half a book. Everything is left unfulfilled because the author decided to leave the end to the saga until Children of the Mind. It's a shame, too, because this book had so much potential. I'm sorry for writing this, Mr. Card; just put the whole story in one package next time, and shut up about philosophy already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serious reading! May 27 2004
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad May 8 2004
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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 to attack the colony on Luisitania, and doesn't really start to get interesting until over 100 pages into the book. From the 100 page mark it does become an enjoyable read.
A God-spoken girl on the world of Path is set the task of finding out why they lost contact with the fleet, while the people of Luisitania search for a way to stop the Descolata from killing them and all of humanity by keeping the Pequinoes confined to just one planet. Through their separate searches, many amazing and terrifying things are discovered. The frightening purpose of the Descolata is discovered, as is the reason behind the God-spoken of Path. All of these discoveries help to add tension and excitement to an otherwise pretentious book.
The story leaves many questions unanswered, and the survival of the human colony is in doubt, as the whole universe seems to be pushing for its destruction. With the first books in this series, all this seemed fresh and new, if not a little overbearing, but now it's just getting old. The story seems a little forced in places, and it's not as fun as its predecessors.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Wasn't nearly as good as the first two.
Published 26 days ago by Philippe B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Philotes?
The wish for faster than light travel was a little too much to take in. A little too weird for my liking.
Published 5 months ago by Clay Bergen
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Different Book
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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 12 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 14 months ago by Sebastien
4.0 out of 5 stars `I wasn't sure if heroes still existed in the human race.'
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2011 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2009 by Daiken
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
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