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Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos 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 which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults. The Starways Congress so fears the effect of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way and a second Xenocide seems inevitable, until the Fleet vanishes.
©1991 Orson Scott Card (P)2000 Audio Renaissance
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Critic Reviews

"Thought-provoking, insightful, and powerfully written." (School Library Journal)
"As a storyteller, Card excels in portraying the quiet drama of wars fought not on battlefields but in the hearts and minds of his characters." (Library Journal)
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By David on 06-13-04

full of passion

Xenocide is perhaps the most overtly philosophical of the Ender Wiggin series so far. But the philosophy in the book serves a purpose to move the story forward and develop characters more.

In addition to making you think, it also makes you feel. Xenocide is told with the same passion as Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, and it is filled with just as much emotion and understanding. Yet it is also very much its own new and wonderful story, and not at all just a revisit to the same old themes of the first two books.

Note, however, that, as the author himself mentions in a short commentary at the end, this book is actually the first of a two part series (the next book is "Children of the Mind"). The ending of this book ties up some threads of the story, but not all of them. If you think of it as a stand-alone book, you may be disappointed. But if you think of it as the first in a two-part novel, then you'll likely be dying to get your hands on the next part of the story when you finish.

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By BookWorm on 05-18-12

The Ender Saga book that should not be

Xenocide is the continuation of Speaker for the dead and yet it's not. While Speaker for the dead was packed with well formulated and fascinating moral and philosophical questions weaved into an exciting and touching story of human destiny; Xenocide turns out to be just tedious and flat. The characters have all been reduced to hobbyist preachers where every opinion or trait is expressed through long passages of existential reasoning but lacking the relevance and cleverness of Speaker for the dead.

Of the four books included in the Ender Saga i strongly recommend reading only the first two; Enders War and Speaker for the dead leaving you with an intact and amazing reading experience.

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By Nick Long on 10-19-16

Good but not exceptionable.

After listening to so speaker for the dead I had to get this one. It was OK, nothing got to too excited and parts could have been fleshed out more especially after a fire takes place.

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By Sophie C Butcher on 04-10-16

Fasinating

I can see how this could be made into a film but it would lose its philosophical soul. Lots of really interesting things to think about now. When is sanity madness and vice versa? When is it ok to wipe out a species? Who are you, actually? Enjoy.

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By Procrastinacious M.D. on 09-03-17

Philosophy at its best

great hybrid between theological ideas science fiction. beautiful story and well read by the actors.

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By Amanda on 06-07-17

Sci-Fi or Sci-Phi?

science, ethics, philosophy. Explorations of the meaning of life and a beings right to exist.

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