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.
But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects,... read more
The third book in the Ender Series
On Lusitania, Ender lives in a Brazilian Catholic colony. The other two forms of sentient life are the Hive Queen (transplanted by Ender) and the pequeninos. The ecosystem of Lusitania was ravaged many years ago by the Descolada virus, which breaks... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The third book in the Ender Series
On Lusitania, Ender lives in a Brazilian Catholic colony. The other two forms of sentient life are the Hive Queen (transplanted by Ender) and the pequeninos. The ecosystem of Lusitania was ravaged many years ago by the Descolada virus, which breaks apart and reassembles the genetic structure of cells. The Starways Congress sends a fleet to annihilate Lusitania to end the Hive Queen, reminiscent of how Ender destroyed the buggers' home planet, while Valentine as Demosthenes denounces the order. Jane blocks the order from reaching the fleet, risking her own destruction. Meanwhile, Ender and the Ribeira family must cope with conflicts on Lusitania itself.
On Path, there resides a group of obsessive compulsive people with higher intelligence, bred for unquestioning loyalty to the Congress. The Congress asks them to puzzle out the disappearance of their fleet. Han Fei-Tzu guesses about the existence of Jane and Valentine's Demosthenes identity, and she reveals herself to him and his daughter Qing-Jao. Qing-Jao reports them to the Congress, to Han Fei-Tzu's horror.
Meanwhile, on Lusitania, revolts have crippled and horrified the populace. The biologists have discovered an alternative virus to replace the descolada that will allow the native life-forms to survive, but they cannot make it and time is running out. Finally Jane and the Ribeiras discover the "Outside." Through visualization in the Outside, they are able to create entities that they can bring back into the Inside. They can also travel instantaneously from one location in the Inside to another (by going Out and back In somewhere else). Ender accidentally separates his "Peter" and "Valentine" personae from himself in the Outside, leading to the "creation" of two separate beings. Peter and Si-Wang Mu, Qing-Jao's maid, set off to stop the Starways Congress while the others try to find a way to evacuate Lusitania before it is too late.
“Even if the vast majority of them are wrong, even if ninety-nine of every hundred is stupid and wrong, out of ten thousand ideas that still leaves them with a hundred good ones. That’s how they make up for being so stupid and having such short lives and small memories.”Hive Queen
“We knew everything there was to know before... Now we discover that there are so many ways of knowing the same things that we'll never find them all.”Hive Queen
“She (Plikt) believed that people revealed themselves most when they were vaguely anxious, and few things brought out nonspecific anxiesties like being in the presence of a person who never speaks.”Valentine about Plikt
“Happiness can depend as easily on useless thing as on useful ones.”Mu-pao
“The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven. Maybe I could have been content. Maybe not.”Si Wang Mu
“When you have wisdom that another person knows that he needs, you give it freely. But when the other person doesn’t yet know that he needs your wisdom, you keep it to yourself. Food only looks good to a hungry man.”Han Fei-tzu
“I think you don’t grow up until you stop worrying about other people’s purposes or lack of them and find the purposes you believe in for yourself.”Andrew Wiggin
When you have wisdom that another person knows that he needs, you give it freely. But when the other person doesn’t yet know that he needs your wisdom, you keep it to yourself. Food only looks good to a hungry man.Highlighted by 219 Kindle customers
“I think you don’t grow up until you stop worrying about other people’s purposes or lack of them and find the purposes you believe in for yourself.”Highlighted by 218 Kindle customers
The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.”Highlighted by 189 Kindle customers
Parents always make their worst mistakes with the oldest children. That’s when parents know the least and care the most, so they’re more likely to be wrong and also more likely to insist that they’re right.”Highlighted by 167 Kindle customers
“Happiness can depend as easily on useless things as on useful ones.”Highlighted by 155 Kindle customers
<I desire it enough to act as if I believed. Maybe that’s what faith is.> <Or deliberate insanity.>Highlighted by 149 Kindle customers
“The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.Highlighted by 141 Kindle customers
to stop a human being from doing something, you must find a way to make the person stop wanting to do it.Highlighted by 140 Kindle customers
Grief, she reminded herself, is almost always for the mourner’s loss.Highlighted by 123 Kindle customers
He wasn’t telling her what the gods were, he was telling her what goodness was. To want other people to grow. To want other people to have all the good things that you have. And to spare them the bad things if you can. That was goodness.Highlighted by 122 Kindle customers
1. A Parting
2. A Meeting
3. Clean Hands
5. The Lusitania Fleet
7. Secret Maid
11. The Jade of Master Ho
12. Grego's War
13. Free Will
14. Virus Makers
15. Life and Death
17. Ender's Children
18. The God of Path
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