Xenocide

Xenocide

Book - 1991
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 1991.
ISBN: 9780312932084
0312932081
Characteristics: 394 p.

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15jason
Apr 11, 2017

A great read. Excellent world creation with the World of Path plot-line. However, none of the books are accessible as the first. The philosophy could get cumbersome for younger readers.

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langedemort
Oct 10, 2016

This book was just as good as the first book of the series. Enders game was great but this one brought me more perspective on everything. I'm currently waiting on the last book of the series and hope he continues to create more for this series.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

Xenocide is the third book in the Ender’s Game quartet. The main story follows Lusitanian colonists’ struggle against The Starways Congress, who plan on eradicating the planet, resulting in the destruction of two intelligent alien species along with many human lives. The story also features a side story arch, about a gifted “Godspoken” girl and her servant uncovering the truth behind the disappearance of the Starways Congress Fleet, who were sent to destroy Lusitania. This is probably the slowest book in the quartet, favouring science, politics and philosophy over action or violent conflict. However, the book retains the quality of the Ender’s Game series, creating an interesting story with great characters, although a lot of the story is mostly setup for the final book, Children of the Mind. The ending was good, but leaves me worrying about the direction the series is going (I won’t discuss major elements due to spoilers, but all I will say is the Ender’s Game universe begins departing the realm of “Realistic/possible future as far as Sci-Fi goes” to “Science =Magic”). Overall, Xenocide still a solid instalment in the series. 3/5 Stars - @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Peep1900
Aug 11, 2016

Orson Scott Card doesn't disappoint. Sure the god-spoken were weird and there was a lot of science debates and Novinhas kids were all adult brats but everything had a reason up to the final scenes. Stick with this book and you'll be amazed at the details that were woven throughout it all

mvkramer Dec 10, 2015

Well, this story got...weird. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it. The mysticism/metaphysics at the end was a bit of a surprise, though. It's almost taking the series out of Science fiction and into fantasy.

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Dixiedog2
Sep 08, 2015

Xenocide - My 16th Orson Scott Card book of which 13 are from the Ender’s family of books. I agree with the many of the comments expressed by other reviewers; good book but very complicated. Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! Taylor A.

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smirich
Mar 11, 2015

Loll these comments make me want to read the book!😄

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Kyanite
Jun 23, 2014

Not as good as the first two books, but still well worth reading. There's a lot more philosophy and consequently less action.

grace_ellisent Oct 29, 2013

It took me quite a while to finish this book, not an easy read. It is the captivating storyline that kept me going and eventually finishing it. At times, it feels like the philosophical debate between the Father Tree, the Hive Queen, Ender/Victoria, Jane, and the God-spoken clan infected with OCD, make the story drags on for a bit too long. The ending of the story makes you want to immediately read the next book "Children of the Mind".

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laurahin
Apr 14, 2013

Started off well, but degenerated into pages of discussions on metaphysics that weren't even self-consistent. I definitely liked Speaker for the Dead better. The story is just becoming too unbelievable for me.

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happycanada
Aug 21, 2011

Enderverse Bk3

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Peep1900
May 26, 2016

Coarse Language: Once and a while grego blurts some language and the piggies and Ender and the Hive Queen mention a few "scientific" things

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