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Xenocide (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott…

Xenocide (The Ender Quintet) (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Xenocide (The Ender Quintet)
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Books (1992), Edition: 4th ptg., Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages
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Xenocide by Orson Scott Card (1991)



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Too much weird science, too much philosophizing, too much time spent on new characters I don't care about. The seeds of a good novel are here, but OSC kills them with his blathering. ( )
  AngelClaw | May 11, 2019 |
On Luisitania, Ender found a world where humans, the pequeninos and the hive queen can all live together. However, Luisitania also has the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but the pegueninos need to transform into adults. The Starways Congress fears the descolado escaping Luisitania and killing all the humans in the universe so they order the destruction of the planet and all who live there. The fleet seems to vanish so a young girl (Jiang-qing (Gloriously Bright)) on another planet, Path, She can solve the puzzle, but will she choose life or death for Luisitania?
  taurus27 | Mar 26, 2019 |
Hard to rate, I discovered the Enderverse in the late nineties and devoured them in quick succession. It's impossible to rate each individual volume in the series because in my memory they form a whole and each individual book is just a part of the story. I probably would have to say the Speaker trilogy ((Speaker for the Dead and its two sequels Xenocide and Children of the Mind) were my favorite. I felt like a teenager again contemplating the mysteries of the universe again. It was a glorious feeling to recapture and for that reason alone I would give it 5 stars. ( )
  Paperpuss | Feb 25, 2019 |
On the planet of Lusitania, now the home of Ender Wiggins, three civilizations are struggling to live in harmony. Or, at least not kill each other off. Humans, the pequininos and the Hive Queen are trying to maintain a delicate balance in which all can thrive and perhaps spread out to other worlds to ensure the survival of their race.

The problem is, a possibly sentient virus, the descolada, is trying to destroy the humans, and possibly even the Hive Queen. Yet, this virus is needed in every native organism on Lusitania, to ensure their survival and reproduction, including the piggies. Can a solution be found, or must there be another xenocide? Is the destruction of Lusitania whole the only way the Starways Congress can prevent the virus from spreading and destroying all humanity everywhere? Even if so, is another xenocide really morally justified? Also, if the virus is truly intelligent and sentient, is not destroying or genetically changing it a xenocide as well?

Intermixed and closely related to this plot line is the story of Path, a world of above-averagely intelligent humans who try to solve the problem for the Congress and end up discovering a few truths about themselves along the way...

I love this kind of philosophical questions in the Ender's Saga series and it remains a mystery to me how Orson Scott Card can come up with stuff as good as this in his books and then maintain so blatantly ignorant views in life.

What I mostly don't like in Xenocide, however, is a rather far fetched, difficult to comprehend solution to the faster-than-light flight problem. Meh, for me, bad science just spoils the good philosophy. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
I love the world of Ender Wiggin, and I loved this book. I'm glad it was unrepentant in its desire to technologically, philosophically and metaphysically explore complex ideas. It's my favorite part of the series. ( )
  Mattmcmanus | Aug 23, 2018 |
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Bár a regény korántsem tökéletes, mégis megérdemli, hogy kiemelkedőnek nevezzem, hiszen kétségtelenül az utóbbi évek legötletesebb és legérdekesebb regénye. Card igazi profi, aki új színt hoz a sci-fibe: a pontosan kidolgozott karakterábrázolást, mely - valljuk be - az egész sci-fi műfaj leggyengébb pontja.

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Orson Scott Card's Xenocide is a space opera with verve. In this continuation of Ender Wiggin's story, the Starways Congress has sent a fleet to immolate the rebellious planet of Lusitania, home to the alien race of pequeninos, and home to Ender Wiggin and his family. Concealed on Lusitania is the only remaining Hive Queen, who holds a secret that may save or destroy humanity throughout the galaxy. Familiar characters from the previous novels continue to grapple with religious conflicts and family squabbles while inventing faster-than-light travel and miraculous virus treatments. Throw into the mix an entire planet of mad geniuses and a self-aware computer who wants to be a martyr, and it's hard to guess who will topple the first domino. Due to the densely woven and melodramatic nature of the story, newcomers to Ender's tale will want to start reading this series with the first books, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. --Brooks Peck

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The Starways Congress decides that the deadly virus on Lusitania must be wiped out and sends a fleet to destroy it. After the fleet disappears, Gloriously Bright is selected to solve the mystery.

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