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The Ships of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 3 | [Orson Scott Card]

The Ships of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 3

With the continuing failure of the Oversoul, the artificially intelligent guardian computer of the planet Harmony, the human colonists have begun to repeat the devastations of war and conquest wrought on Earth. To repair itself and avert disaster, the Oversoul has called a group of 16 refugees from the fallen city of Basilica to a hidden, abandoned spaceport where the ancient starships lie.
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With the continuing failure of the Oversoul, the artificially intelligent guardian computer of the planet Harmony, the human colonists have begun to repeat the devastations of war and conquest wrought on Earth.

To repair itself and avert disaster, the Oversoul has called a group of 16 refugees from the fallen city of Basilica to a hidden, abandoned spaceport where the ancient starships lie. Now Wetchik, Nafai, and all their family must brave the desert wastes and cross the wide continents, guided by the voice of the Oversoul, to await the command to prepare the great interstellar ships for flight again. But among this group, not all have chosen their exile, and the angry resentment of those who were forced to join will make the difficult journey harder.

Listen to more in the Homecoming series.

©1994 Orson Scott Card; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]he book rises to great power....Card [is] one of the genuinely towering talents working in science fiction today....this volume carries forward a superior story." (Booklist)
"Readers of The Ships of Earth will find the book rising to Card's usual high level, with scenes of enormous power." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"[A] well-turned series, with intriguing ideas, well-developed characters and setting, and a plot huge enough to satisfy the most extravagant tastes." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    As with Enders' Game (all eight books), once you're hooked on Ships of Earth, you're hooked. Card develops the characters, builds a lucid plot, and tosses in some surprises along the way. Can't wait for Audible to get the last two books in the series.

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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-06-08
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-06-08 Member Since 2008
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    This series is very entertaining, especially if you've studied the bible and like SCI-FI. And I love the narrator.

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 01-05-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 01-05-12 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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    While I do think that book 1 &2 of Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series could've been reduced into one book, Card's third book "The Ships of Earth" is quite excellent. Card has an extraordinary ability to develop characters. The characters in this book lives in limbo. Their world, their traditions and everything dear to them have been shaken by Harmony's master-computer, the Over Soul. Even this story reminds me a lot of the books of Genesis and Exodus in the Bible with themes and even characters that are closely modelled on the Biblical narrative, with one or two interesting twists. I really hope the next book will not disappoint.

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    "Enjoyed the journey"

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this considering I knew this was going to be about a long land crossing. I found the plot engaging and not preachy. There was also a twist for one of the characters that I certainly wasn't expecting; I'm glad Card included it.

    There was one repeated sentence, but otherwise, a clear, expressive narration.

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