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Speaker for the Dead

Book 2, The Ender Quintet

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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. Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Ender Quintet, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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From Publishers Weekly

Feb 15, 1986 – Card's novel Ender's Game introduced Ender Wiggin, a young genius who used his military prowess to all but exterminate the "buggers,'' the first alien race mankind had ever encountered. Wiggin then transformed himself into the ``Speaker for the Dead,'' who claimed it had been a mistake to destroy the alien civilization. Many years later, when a new breed of intelligent life forms called the ``piggies'' is discovered, Wiggin takes the opportunity to atone for his earlier actions. This long, rich and ambitious novel views the interplay between the races from the differing perspectives of the colonists, ethnologists, biologists, clergy, politicians, a computer artificial intelligence, the lone surviving bugger and the piggies themselves. Card is very good at portraying his characters in these larger, social, religious and cultural contexts. It's unfortunate, then, that many of the book's mysteries and dilemmas seem created just to display Ender's supposedly godlike understanding. A fine, if overlong, novel nonetheless.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic!

Card's brilliance lies in his ability to balance an engaging story, compelling characters, and deep philosophical themes while maintaining a fast-paced and approachable format. This is quite possibly Card's best work, and that's saying a lot!

Amazing piece of writing!

Orson Scott Card once again does a fantastic job of combining suspense, action, futuristic themes, while keeping a balance of suspense throughout the entire book. A great companion to Enders Game!!!

Finished the book in 3 sittings.

It's been such a long time since I came across such a powerful story as this one. I had to buy the next book right away. And as soon as I finish typing this sentence, I'm going to delve back into the world that Card so magnificently created :)

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Speaker for the Dead
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Adventure
  • Published: Nov 30, 2009
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Ender Quintet
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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