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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
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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The wish for faster than light travel was a little too much to take in. A little too weird for my liking.Published 18 months ago by Clay
Started great, fell apart in the last quarter. It became cumbersome, and convoluted, and far too overcomplicated, in my opinion, completely without any reason.Published 20 months ago by Blackrabbit
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. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steve Barnett
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Deepak
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2013 by Maurice
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 morePublished on July 21 2013 by Sebastien