XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card

XENOCIDE

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sequel to Ender's Game (1984) and Speaker for the Dead (1986), exploring the problems of alien contact and coexistence on planet Lusitania, where now three intelligent species dwell: human colonists; "buggers" (an arachnoid Hive Queen reasserts herself after the near extinction of her species in the human-bugger war); and the indigenous "piggies," who, after a horrid flaying-alive ceremony, metamorphose into sapient trees. But the planet is rife with descolada virus; this mediates the transformation of piggies into trees, but in humans mutates into a deadly, ineradicable plague. Rather than permit the descolada to spread, Earth sends a battle fleet to blast Lusitania. Once again, Ender Wiggin and his sister Valentine will play prominent roles in the search for a solution--the upshot being, thanks to time travel, a "rescolada" rescue-virus that promises to turn a potential plague into a fabulous biological tool. Splendid plotting--if you can stomach Card's repulsive transcendence-through-torture notions; and, what with the frequent, irksome, and interminable theological/philosophical interludes, it's hard to escape the conclusion that Card's true purpose here is to preach rather than simply tell a story.
Pub Date: July 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0312861877
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: Tor
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1991




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