nrlymrtl, October 27, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Orson Scott Card set a high bar with Ender’s Game and I emphatically say that he not only surpassed that bar, but left it far behind. Speaker for the Dead redefined for me what intricate plot and character depth are.
I love this idea of a Speaker for the Dead, a person who will ask the hard questions of the living to capture the full picture of the life lived of the dead, all the good and the bad. The people of Milagre have various reactions to the Speaker, Andrew Ender Wiggin. Many believe it to be taboo to speak ill of the dead, whether true or not.
This was a complex, beautiful, emotion-wrenching novel. Card’s strength in writing deep characters really shows through in this tale. Couple that with a well-thought out plot that includes details of a culture very different from humans, then you have a fully engaging story.
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Cole J, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Cole J)
Easily my favorite book. I think depending on your tastes there a few different directions you can go after Ender's Game. If you are into political stuff you can go for the Shadow stuff, but if you are more interested in the science fiction/aliens/new worlds etc stuff go with Speaker for the Dead and Children of the Mind.
Jeane, September 24, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
This is one of those books packed with a complex story and thought-provoking ideas. Fraught with moral and religious dilemmas, especially showing how vast misunderstandings can be, not only between the obvious alien races, but between people of the same community and family.
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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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