Xenocide

Xenocide

Book - 1991
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Afraid that the descolada--the deadly virus that the pequininos require to transform themselves into adults--may escape the confines of Lusitania, the Starways Congress orders the destruction of the entire planet

McMillan Palgrave

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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Days after all communication between Earth and the fleet sent to destroy Lusitania is cut, a young woman called Gloriously Bright is sent to locate the Lusitania Fleet, a mission that exposes her to an artificial intelligence of nearly infinite power. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 1991.
Edition: 1st trade ed.
ISBN: 9780312861872
0312861877
9780312932084
0312932081
Branch Call Number: SF CAR
Characteristics: x, 394 p. ; 24 cm.

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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.

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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.

I loved the ethical dilemma of murder of a complete species to save the human race. The whole argument is played out amongst the adult step-children of Ender and his recently acquired wife. For those of us who are not biochemist and not distracted by the possibility of the descolada virus, this is a great read. It is less convoluted than Speaker for the Dead and I find myself thinking about the power of the Starway Council... who is controlling my country and my government?

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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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