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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

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AuthorOrson Scott Card
TitleSpeaker for the Dead
GenreScience Fiction
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Submitted by Elyssa 
(Mar 25, 2009)

I read SFTD after i had read Ender's Game for school in my freshman year in high school. I absolutely loved EG and have read it six times at least. The story of Bean in the shadow series is just as amazing as EG is and reading SFTD(I have read twice so far), which follows Ender as an adult, furthers my love of Ender's story. SFTD is a thought provoking novel that is a slightly rougher and more thought requiring read than EG, but is also a great supplement. The reader can now see how Ender finds redemption and regains the love of those who see Ender as the xenocide and the most evil of all humans. I highly recommend this book to any reader that has enjoyed the depth of Ender's game and wishes to continue delving. SFTD is more philosophic than EG, which i find to be a very good quality. it deals with morality, human nature, coexistence issues and much more. I know that this review is not very well written but the book can seak for itself and does not really need a review, all you need to do is open to the first page and you will have an intense experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Submitted by Andy Kearney 
(Jan 03, 2005)

The book Speaker for the Dead is one of the most outstanding and exciting books I have ever read and I encourage anyone who enjoys a book that makes them think to read it. Orson Scott Card adds interesting new twists to the life of Andrew Wiggin and adds to his personality allowing the reader to understand Ender more. A new alien species is added into the mix with intriguing and exotic new ways of life that are worth the read alone.
This book itís the sequel to the amazingly well written Enderís Game that I also recommend. However Speaker for the Dead is written on a much higher level and takes much more time to read than Enderís Game. The extra time for reading Speaker for the Dead is well worth it. The science in this book, called xenobiology, combined with the unexplainable phenomenon of the Piggies and their rituals made it a guessing game right up until the very last page. To me, the aspect of the mystery in this book adds to the reading experience and makes it more exhilarating too.
Over all, the book Speaker for the Dead is an amazing book and a terrific read and I highly recommend it. I admit the first 50 pages or so were kind of slow but the rest of the story would not be complete without it and it is well worth waiting through. Once the plot picks up, the story gets so exciting to the point where you just canít put it down.

Submitted by Brad Kaufman 
(Feb 11, 2003)

After reading this book I have to rank it as the best book I've ever read. As a struggling/amateur writer, it opened my eyes to what makes a good novel. It did start out a little slow as someone else mentions in their review, but when it takes off, you better hold on. I really felt like I had experienced the journey first-hand after I had finished SFTD. Only one other book made me feel that way - On the Road by Jack Kerouac, but that was 12 years ago. I doubt that I would have liked SFTD back then though, and I think adults will appreciate this book more so than younger readers.

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