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Speaker for the dead
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1992
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  Booklist Review

Infamous Ender Wiggin seeks a chance to redeem himself when Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania discover an intelligent species whose brutal customs threaten to start another war. (D 15 85)

  Kirkus Review

A superficial, intermittently absorbing alien-contact puzzler--and long-range sequel to Card's child-soldier yam Ender's Game (1984). Three thousand years after ""Ender"" Wiggin destroyed the alien ""buggers,"" another intelligent alien species turns up: the ""piggies"" of Lusitania--a planet already colonized by various Portuguese-speaking religious sects. So, to prevent the destruction of the technologically primitive but socially complex piggies, Starways Congress declares them off-limits to all but a few specialists: biologist Pipe, his son Libo, and Libo's emotionally crippled girlfriend Novinha. The scientists circumspectly investigate the baffling Lusitanian ecology and the piggies' place in it, making little progress--until Pipo has a brain. storm one night and rushes out into the rain to confront the piggies. . .who promptly murder him as part of a weird ritual. Novinha, terrified, destoys her records and retreats into a shell. Later, Libo finds out what Pipe discovered--and the piggies deal with him in the same way. Years pass before Novinha's children summon a Speaker for the Dead--a sort of wandering oral confessor-biographer--to uncover the truth about Pipe and Libo and why the piggies killed them. The Speaker turns out to be Andrew ""Ender"" Wiggin, still alive thanks to the time-dilation effects of light-speed travel; he soon sorts out the tangled family relationships and learns to communicate with the piggies (they turn out to be more intelligent than humans!). The alien biology here is particularly well worked-out--in a narrative unfortunately overburdened with adolscent agonizing and the highly developed but irrelevant religious-linguistic backdrop. Card's YA appeal is undeniable, but thoughtful readers will be frustrated by his inability to explore the wider implications of his own ideas. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p>THE ENDER UNIVERSE</p> <p> Ender series <br> Ender's Game / Ender in Exile / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind </p> <p> Ender's Shadow series <br> Ender's Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight </p> <p> Children of the Fleet </p> <p> The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) <br> Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens </p> <p> The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) <br> The Swarm / The Hive </p> <p> Ender novellas <br> A War of Gifts / First Meetings </p>
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