The Speaker for The Dead

By: Kai Xing Walz

Speaker for the Dead

By Orson Scott Card

Review by: Kai X. Walz

What book has wars with no bloodshed? Well The Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card does an exceptional job describing battles of wits, love, and manipulation.

This book takes place in the future when space travel is available to the human race around year 5270. The main protagonist is Andrew “Ender” Wiggin who was born more than 3,000 years in the past on Earth however due to lightspeed travel he is only approximately 20 years old. When he goes on a job to speak for Marcos Reibeira a person who has just recently died on a planet named Lusitania, a Roman catholic colony where few researchers were murdered by an alien race called the “Pequinhos” or “Piggies”. As he goes on his job he learns about Pequinhos and discovers many things the researchers never knew of, however with a plot twist the government suddenly requests for the young researchers which causes a chain of events to unfold.

Some things I enjoyed about this book were the debates and the research of the Pequinhos. Debates were often common as people didn’t agree with Ender’s research on people who have died. There were many debates in the family Ender was staying with on Lusitania as they had a very odd family with many “holes” in them. The research was interesting as the piggies have three stages of life. The first is the grub, then the brother, and finally the tree after they “die”. Their lives include a deadly virus to humans called the Descolada.

Some things i did not enjoy about this book was that Valentine, Ender’s older sister was not in much of the book and that Jane, a being that lives in philotic intertwinings of all computers who is easy to get a attached to leaves for part of a book where Ender enters a short period of loneliness. After reading Ender’s Game I had thought that Valentine would be included in this book more, however I was quickly disappointed. After that Jane a new female protagonist would get detached from Ender when he inadvertently destroyed Jane’s feeling during a conversation with some people of the church.

Overall I enjoyed this book enormously and would recommend it to people from ages 12 and higher.

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