Xenocide is Orson Scott Card at his best. Incredibly philosophical and smart. Xenocide contains some of Cards most interesting ideas and most striking scenes.
I love the way Card incorporated a bit of Taoism into this story. I get so involved in Card's characters! Qing-Jao was arrogant and annoying, I wanted to smack her at times! I KNEW exactly where she was heading near the end!
Where much of Ender's Game was action this was cerebral, speculating the nature of existence, life, intelligence, and freewill. Not a light read or something to undertake if you are going to be distracted.
Different from Ender's game, and different still from Speaker for the dead. A very philosophical book, but no less wonderful that the previous two books of the series.
I highly recommend it.
Easily my favorite of the first 3 novels in the saga. The most philosophical and spiritual of the them so far.
Third book in the Ender series, so be sure you've read Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead before reading. However, if it's been a while since you read either book, Card does a good job of reviewing key details from the other books before proceeding with the narrative.
I was surprised by several profound philosophical insights in the book that seemed to transcend the story, as if the series itself is meant to be an allegory about humanity. Card even attempts through his characters to muse about the very questions about the very origin of life itself, although the attempt to name and give it a made up physical phenomena could be the point at which some readers feel the book becomes "science-fictiony."
This book is long: at least 15 hours. And it is really a two part book, with Children of the Mind being considered to be its counter-part. Although I would consider Speaker for The Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind a trilogy in their own right. If you liked Ender's game, it cannot be assumed you will like the other ones because they're a lot different, but they are really good in their own right.
I loved this book. I can't wait to read the next one.
I had to go back and listen to some parts over and over. The combination of philosophy and physics is intense. I am so confused by the mixed message of the ending. Faith is such a focus but in that case it seems to be saying that it is a product of insanity, and that people want to buy into that. I think I may have to try this one again in a few years and see how I feel.
The story was fine. The conversations were a bit long but some were interesting. The fake "Chinese" accent was offensive and incredibly annoying. Will never listen to any books narrated by them.