• Title: Xenocide
  • Author: Orson Scott Card
  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (August 1992)
  • ISBN: 0812509250

This book was interesting but weaker than the rest.

The thing that made the other books special, especially from a science fiction perspective, was the lack of explaination of why things worked the way they did. Card decided what kinds of things would be needed for his story to work, provided them, and provided a way to wave off the need for a “scientific” explaination. Not so in this volume. And it detracts from the story, both because it takes time to explain and because it hurts the suspension of disbelief.

I think this book is only valuable as a bridge between the previous and next (last) book in the quartet – I’ll let you know when I finish Children of the Mind. I would only read this book if you are sure you want to read the whole series – that’s my intent so I’m reading them all (both the Ender quartet and the Bean series as well (the Shadow books)).


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