“This book is much, much different from Ender's Game. Rather than being more focused on the outcomes, downfalls, and brutalities of war, Speaker For The Dead is more heavily based on moral stances on whether or not it is okay to eradicate a species based on its customs being savage by human standards. The Speaker for the Dead is called to Lusitania, a catholic based planet with Portuguese roots, and he doesn't show up until decades later, though only a couple weeks for him due to relativistic speeds. When he does, he finds that his original call was repealed but he was summoned for another, a father who caused great amounts of emotional turmoil in his family and left it that way. The Speaker tries to use his people skills to bring the family back together, while also creating a treaty with a new alien species named the Pequeninos, rather than exterminate them based on their "murders" of two scientists. The Lusitanian colony cuts off all communications to other planets in order to save the Pequeninos, and the book leaves off when a Starways Congress fleet is on its way with a doomsday device known as "The Little Doctor". I really enjoyed this book and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a book focused on moral issues than action. In that sense it could be considered boring. I have and will still read books by this author, as I think he's really good at incorporating many subplots in the main stories. Card does a really good job writing books such as this with complicated storylines, as well as using symbolism and foreshadowing throughout the book.”Michael G wrote this review Thursday, November 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Pequinos were strange and interesting creatures and how they reproduce is startling. How they are similar to modern day pigs is strange that they evolved to look like that.”Sean wrote this review Sunday, October 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Though I thought Ender's game was good, this next book in th series was excellent and emotionally moving.”Tom wrote this review Saturday, October 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The second book in Orson Scott Card's Ender series has a completely different style. Continuing the story from the first book, Card brings us to the far-away colony of Lusitania which has a Catholic society mostly of Brazilian/Portuguese origin. He goes to the planet to speak about the life and death of two colonists who have been killed by the "piggies" endogeneous to Lusitania, in his capacity as Speaker for the Dead. Leaving his sister and accepting the fact that more than 20 years will pass in the trip (although subjectively a few weeks due to relativistic speeds) and things may change, he is also carrying a terrible secret with him. Shunned by the colonists, he tries to establish contact with the piggies, risking a death as terrible as the ones instilled on the two humans previously.
This is a very philosophical book and might be difficult to read at times (due to slow and heavy narrative), however it establishes Card as a prominent SF writer with larger-than-life plots.
I did not like this book as much as the first Ender book, but would still recommend it. Note also that both books won the Nebula and Hugo awards (most important awards for the SF genre). ”
“good book can't wait to read the next one.”Matty Ice wrote this review Friday, September 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Speaker for the Dead was not my cup of tea. I enjoyed the first book in the Ender series, but this book was nothing like it. I almost don’t believe that the two could have been written by the same author. Speaker for the dead was filled on future religious sects, anthropological mumbo jumbo, and worst of all, too many characters with too bizarre of names to remember :-( I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did, but Orson Scott turned a good plot into a bad novel.”Tyler Boese wrote this review Friday, September 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Possibly the best first contact treatment I've ever read.”Crossing Rebecca wrote this review Monday, September 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not as good as Ender's Game, but still worth the read. ”Jessica M wrote this review Sunday, September 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a dark tale of a family so broken that it takes an outsider to put the pieces back together. ”Jeff Popek wrote this review Wednesday, August 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No