Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review: Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card

(The Ender Quintet #2)

Blurb: In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

I give it 3 stars

My review: Speaker For The Dead is a strange and powerful story about confronting truth and dealing with the cultural difficulties in trying to live alongside an alien species both similar to, and yet drastically different from, human beings.

Ender Wiggin seeks redemption for an action he carried out as a young boy. Thus he travels across the galaxy, speaking for the dead, telling the truths of their lives, and forcing those left behind to reevaluate their own views.

Novinah seeks to be punished for a death she believes herself responsible for. In a desperate attempt to prevent more death, she drags herself and those she loves into a miserable life filled with secrets and hate.

When Ender arrives on Lusitania to speak a death, he finds himself drawn into not only the lives of Novinah and her family, but also those of the planet's native inhabitants, the pequeninos. What follows is a journey of discovery, pain, and healing, with a profound message of love and understanding.

This a story about looking beneath the surface in order to see the ties that bind all intelligent life to one another, no matter form that life might take.

Fans of Ender's Game will find Speaker For the Dead to be a very different sort of book, but one they may well come to love as much as the first book in The Ender Quintet.


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