Review: Speaker for the Dead– By Orson Scott Card

Cover image and summary from Image links to goodreads book page.

Cover image and summary from Image links to goodreads book page.

Title: Speaker for the Dead (Ender’s Saga, #2)

Author: Orson Scott Card

Summary: Three thousand planet-bound years have fled since Ender Wiggin won humanity’s war with the Buggers by totally destroying them. Ender remains young-travelling the stars at relativistic speeds, a hundred years or more might pass while he experiences a month-long voyage. In three thousand years, his books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon have become holy writ, and the name of Ender anathema; he is the Xenocide, the one who killed an entire race of thinking, feeling beings, the only other sapient race humankind had found in all the galaxy. The only ones, that is, until the planet called Lusitania was discovered and colonized.

On Lusitania humans found another race of ramen … a young race, beings just beginning to lift their eyes to the stars and wonder what might be out there. The discovery was seen as a gift to humanity, a chance to redeem the destruction of the Buggers. And so the Pequininos, as they were named by the portuguese-speaking settlers, the “Piggies,” were placed off-limits to the colony. The only humans allowed to meet them and speak with them are trained xenobiologists, and then only two at a time. This time, there will be no tragic misunderstandings leading to war. This time…

This time, again, men die-bizarrely killed by the Piggies. Andrew Wiggin is called to Lusitania to Speak the deaths of the two xenobiologists, and walks into a maelstrom of fear and hatred. To Speak for these dead, he must first unravel the web of secrets surrounding the lives of the Piggies and those who study them. He must Speak not only for the dead, but for a living alien race.

Genre/Pages: Science-Fiction/382

Rating: ★★★ (6 of 5)

My Review: Speaker for the Dead was the book Orson Scott Card originally meant to write. Ender’s Game was merely a prequel, an intro to Speaker in the eyes of the author. Looking back, I really believe this. Ender’s Game was a fun, enjoyable (if slightly creepy) read, but Speaker for the Dead? It was something entirely different. Speaker for the Dead was, simply put, powerful. The morals, the beliefs, the thought process that went into this book? Truly incredible. I have deep respect now for the man that is Orson Scott Card.

The plot. Wow. It was good. Great, actually. I just loved how it all built on Ender’s Game, the characters, the storyline, how it all came to be, it was fascinating, really. Seeing how ender had grown, how he had changed, how he had dealt with The Xenocide, and the kind of person he had become because of that.

It was a story that always kept you guessing, unsure of what the end result would be, and that’s what I love most in a book. Also, I loved how Card wrote the characters. Each and every one of them were so complex, they all seemed so completely… real & believable to me. It was a fairly emotional book, but in way’s that all made sense. Everything that happened (in regards to character interaction and thought processes) made sense… and I loved that about it.

Content Advisory:  A few gruesome deaths, with just enough detail to make it seriously creepy, but nothing beyond that.

To Sum it up: I can’t call it a SEQUEL to Ender’s Game, I would call Ender’s Game a prequel to Speaker for the Dead, because ‘sequel’ implies that it was in some way inferior to the first, which, in this book’s case, was exactly the opposite. Speaker for the Dead went above and beyond Ender’s Game in every way imaginable, and I highly recommend it to ages 13+.

All the views and opinions contained here are my own. Feel free to disagree with them! Comment, and let me know what you thought of the book, good or bad, so long as you keep it polite. I try my best to respond to every comment. Thank you!


2 thoughts on “Review: Speaker for the Dead– By Orson Scott Card

  1. Powerful–yes. I loved the truly ALIEN aliens–they didn’t just look different from humans, they had a completely different world view. I enjoyed Ender’s Game, but this one really feels like a different kind of book entirely, much deeper, more philosophical, more cerebral. It’s one that made me THINK, in a very good way!

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