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Xenocide (Ender Quartet/Orson Scott Card) [Library Binding]

Orson Scott Card
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11 April 2008 Ender Quartet/Orson Scott Card
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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  • Library Binding: 394 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435233409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435233409
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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Xenocide is Card's best-selling sequel to the Hugo Award-winning Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The finest science fiction series of the past decade." --"The Columbus Dispatch""The best writer science fiction has to offer.' --"The Houston Post""As a storyteller, Card excels in portraying the quiet drama of wars fought not on battlefields but in the hearts and minds of his characters....This meaty, graceful, and provoking sequel to "Ender's Game" and "Speaker for the Dead" stands as a brilliant testimony to his thoughtfulness." --"Library Journal""Hugo and Nebula-award winner Orson Scott Card demonstrates again that he belongs in the company of such older masters of science fiction as Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert and Ursula K. Le Guin." --"Magill Book Reviews""The best science fiction novel of the year." -"-Nashville Banner" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting tired now 3 July 2013
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It reminded me of Frank Herbert's Dune series - stunning first book is head-spinningly brilliant, second book has maybe a little less verve and swagger but nevertheless delivers and then the third one starts to suffer from Lorenzian urges and just loses impetus under the increasingly suffocating swathes of irrelevance and invention for its own sake. It flies off to the left and right like a kid with Tourette's, barking here and howling there but never engaging or startling as Ender's Game did. By now I'm a little sick of Andrew Wiggins (and starting to think how sad it would be if the universe were indeed multiply saved by someone called Andrew Wiggins) and feeling he's something of a smug wee prig.

I liked the Chinese girl idea, but again the execution became wearysome. By the time we discover faster-than-light flight (by sitting in a cardboard box and rubbing the side of our noses) I've seen visions of Paul as a sandworm - a book I last read over 30 years ago - and remembered the frustration of a legendary saga that hit the ground running and then just started digging until it ran out of steam.

A shame, that...
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not on par with the first two... 18 Oct 2001
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First two books in Ender series are wonderful reads with a gripping storyline and excellent writing. Well, the third book has the same excellent writing but lacks the storyline.
No wonder Mr.Card is a great writer; whatever he writes he writes it good. Unfortunately Xenocide serves the purpose of bringing up a number of muddled ideas rather than telling a story. As a matter of fact there are so many ideas (overcoming an intelligent virus, how to save Jane, the Godspoken, Novinha's frustration against Ender, Ender's "split" personality, piggies' rights, virus rights, Bugger's way of thinking, Inside and Outside, faster-than-light-travel and some more minor things) that all comes to frustrating complexity and since the author does not have enough "time" (number of pages) to devote to each idea, almost everything except a few becomes muddled.
At the end, since the author creates more problems than necessary for a book - that can be handled in a single book - in order to neatly tie all that mess up, he has to resort to deus ex machina by means of hard sci-fi. Well Mr. Card is a great writer of characters, but he's not that great in hard sc-fi; thus his attempt makes you feel kinda cheated.
Overall this is an inescapable book. If you've started Ender Saga you'll have to read this. Thanks to Card's writing, it is still a fun read but especially with its ending it is unsatisfactory.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Third in Orson Scott Card's "Ender" cycle, "Xenocide" charts the events on the planet of Lusitania, home to all three sentient species in existence, two of which are not represented anywhere else in the universe. All living things on Lusitania are subject to a virus, the Descolada, which attacks and modifies the genetic information of the host and is evolving rapidly to the extend that combating it requires constant alteration of viricides in both non-native sentient species. Yet the native species, the Pequeninos, require the Descolada to survive, as it forms the means by which they transform into the different phases of their lifecycle. Any species looking to leave the planet would be required to take the Descolada with them, as it adapts and becomes a necessary part of any organism's genetic make-up. This is one of the main problems the planet is faced with, but the second is equally serious:
Lusitania is under threat of being annihilated by a fleet sent by Starways Congress, because the planet's scientists have broken the law of not interfering with alien species by helping the sentient Pequeninos to gain a foothold in agriculture. Rather than sending the scientists to trial and certain lifelong exile, the colony rebels and is thus to be turned into an example.
The narrative hinges on Ender Wiggin and those around him, with a wealth of emotional, scientific and philosophical conflict between unique characters against a background of questions more normally expected in moral philosophy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The book is the continuation of the Ender saga and continues in the style of "The speaker for the dead". The third book is just a little less of all the positives of the previous book for me. While still drawing you in, this instalment is just a little less intriguing and a bit too blunt and straight forward sometimes. Some revelations just pop up a bit too fast and arbitrarily perhaps.

It's more a feeling than a fact, but to me this book is just a notch down from the two previous books in pretty much every way. Still a good read though!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found I didn't care... 3 July 2013
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I read Ender's Game a long time ago and recently decided to read it again. It was as good as I remembered. I then moved on to Speaker for the Dead and enjoyed that novel as well. I had high hopes for Xenocide even though some of the reviews were distinctly "meh".

I have found that those reviews were spot on (I'm looking at YOU "A Customer"). I felt some significant social and theological issues were being explored, but near the end some elements were introduced that made me think - "actually, I don't care any more. This was unnecessary." 4 stars for what OSC attempted. 2 stars for leaving me unconcerned whether or not there was a 4th book. If there is, I'll never read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but still a great read
I really enjoyed this book, although it felt different to the first two in the series. The philosophy and metaphysics were interesting and I really enjoyed the characters as well. Read more
Published 11 days ago by flyingdutchbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of Ender
The story follows on from Speaker of the Dead. Answers a few questions and creates a few moor with a couple of characters from they original novel return. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tron3k
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, spoiled by the poor proofreading
I'm working my way through these and enjoying the writing but it's spoiled for me by frequent errors. Doesn't Kindle have proofreaders? I can heartily recommend getting some!
Published 3 months ago by RosL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It is not the best book of the saga, but a good book anyway. If you liked the previous Ender's books, you will like it.
Published 3 months ago by Adrian
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but values dialogue over narrative
The third book in the Ender saga takes a bit of a dive. It's closer to Speaker for the Dead than Ender's Game (Speaker being very different to Game to start with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris Worth
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Brilliant, next step in the series carries on with some new characters but stays true to the start of the series
Published 4 months ago by Mr. C. I. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The saga continues brilliantly. Certainly makes you think. Best series I have read in a long time. You won't regret the time invested in this series.
Published 6 months ago by Naheeda
4.0 out of 5 stars Xenocide: Book 3 of the Ender Saga
Good book at a good price this series of books is well written and can be read by young and old alike.
Published 6 months ago by Fazmam
3.0 out of 5 stars Good .... but drawn out....
A nice book continuing the story of Ender and associates, but drawn out in places with the aim of (what felt like) book filling rather than developing the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the ratings suggest, too high expectations!
Very good, does do a lot of philosophising, but does it well- the problem is it's very much a thinking and theorising book, the action happens suddenly without much warning and in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ed Pethick
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