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Earthfall: Homecoming: Volume 4 | [Orson Scott Card]

Earthfall: Homecoming: Volume 4

When war broke out on the planet Harmony, the Oversoul of that colonized world selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now the tribe is ready at last to take a ship to the stars. But from the beginning there has been bitter dispute between Wetchik's sons, Nafai and Elemak. On board the starship Basilica, the children of the tribe will become pawns in the struggle for control of reclaimed Earth.
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Publisher's Summary

When war broke out on the planet Harmony, the Oversoul of that colonized world selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now the tribe is ready at last to take a ship to the stars.

But from the beginning there has been bitter dispute between Wetchik's sons, Nafai and Elemak. On board the starship Basilica, the children of the tribe will become pawns in the struggle for control of reclaimed Earth. Each faction is making secret plans to awaken the children early from the cold-sleep capsules in which they will pass the decades-long journey, hoping to gain years of influence on their minds and win their loyalty.

But the Oversoul is truly in control of this journey, and only the son who wears the cloak of the Starmaster really understands what this will mean to all their plans for the future.

©1995 Orson Scott Card; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This action-packed, plot-rich installment features Card's typical virtues: well-drawn characters and a story driven by complex moral issues." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Card's] literary gifts and philosophical turn of mind continue to carry [this saga] on at a very high level...." (Booklist)
"This series continues to impress." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 01-15-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 01-15-12 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "This can be a good conclusion to this series"

    So far this is the best book of the Homecoming Series. By now it is clear that the story is more about humans and their personal agendas, than about the storyline. This series is definitely inspired by - maybe even drenched in - the Book of Mormon and feels very "religious." Yet Orson Scott Card also twists the classical Mormon story, introducing some ethical conundrums and politically correct ideas in the series, which makes it interesting. Stefan Rudnicki is an excellent interpretive reader and does the series proud. I do think that you must have a special acquired taste for Orson Scott Card to treasure this series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 01-05-09
    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 01-05-09

    Jeff Coyne

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    "EarthFall"

    This installment provides excellent entertainment but flags towards its conclusion. The plot line and characters build well but there is a sense of forced speed in summing up the series.

    Having read the Ender books and the Seventh Son series, common plot themes suggest Orson Scott Card may have been stung by his brothers as a child. I suppose the insertion of golden tablets into the EarthFall tale was tempting from an LDS persective but added little toward completing the story. Even so, the entertainment value of this series is high and this author consistently provides diverting stories.

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    hordinski cincinnati, OH, United States 04-07-10
    hordinski cincinnati, OH, United States 04-07-10
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    "book of mormon-retold"

    it's an entertaining story, but the author is essentially retelling and trying to give some possible factual theory to the Book of Mormon. it's better than most propaganda, but (although i love the work of OSC) it's propaganda nonetheless. when reading these, i kept getting the feeling that i was being sold an idea.. then when the "Golden Plates" get made. sheesh. i don't know if i'm even interested in finishing the book

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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 01-09-09
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 01-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Nephi makes golden plates :| how original"

    I love how Card makes aliens so original.
    other than that Jeffrey(Chapel Hill, NC, USA)'s review below has everything I was going to say.

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