Saturday, February 28, 2015

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

Xenocide by Orson Scott Card -- 592 pages

In volume three of the Ender Quartet, stakes are raised even higher than before. The survival of humans, piggies, buggers, and even the descolada virus are all at risk, as well as Andrew's adopted family.
The descolada adapts at a terrific, almost intelligent rate, and overcoming it is becoming harder and harder. The one person who might have the knowledge to combat the virus, swears that it is intelligent and won't hear of it's being harmed.
The fleet of ships sent out to destroy Lusitania have suddenly disappeared, and as one girl named Gloriously Bright investigates, the life of Jane, and ultimately all the creatures of Lusitania are being threatened.
The buggers are ready to get themselves, and the piggies, off of Lusitania before the lost fleet comes to bomb them, but they cannot exist without the descolada virus, and taking it with them may kill the rest of humanity.

As usual, Card's sci-fi hypotheses are mind blowing if you slow down and take the time to understand them. The characters are well developed, and the story is complex. This is my first time reading this novel and was left breathless several times.

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