speaker for the dead

Speaker For the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Hello again! It’s been an incredibly long time since I lasted posted anything, however I have had very little time to read! But, I did find the chance to read “Speaker for the Dead” by Orson Scott Card, which happens to be the second book in the Ender series. I had hoped that this book would be just as good as the first, as far as characters and plots went, and when i started reading it, I was slightly disappointed. Ender wasn’t even a major factor in the story. Instead I was reading about some alien race called the “Piggies” who lived on a planet with humans. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the book to a sudden turn and Ender was once again the main character and the story was back on its way.

To give a brief overview, the book starts out in Lusitania where a 13 year old girl is trying to become a lead scientist in her society. She passes the qualifying exam and begins to work with the scientists who study the Piggies. They become like a small family and are doing very well with their work until the oldest scientist gets killed by the piggies. The girl goes into a depression and detaches herself from society more than ever before. She calls for Ender Wiggin to speak for the dead scientist, however he doesn’t arrive on Lusitania for another thirty years. By that point the girl has grown up, gotten married, and had several children. When Ender finally arrives he learns that he has been called to speak the death of the scientist and the girls recently deceased husband. Things escalate from there and Ender gets involved with the piggies, the children and the community overall.

To be honest, I thought that this book was just as good as the first. I was told that it was very different from the book Ender’s Game, and it was however, it was a good different. The characters were extremely complex despite their seemingly average nature, and the characters that seemed extremely complex were not. It was surprising and the story line fit well with the first book. I would suggest this book to most people, however it is slightly difficult to read considering some of it is in Portuguese and is not translated except for a brief explanation at the beginning of the book, which may or may not be included in all copies.