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Treason | [Orson Scott Card]

Treason

Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.
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Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft.

But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination. Now charged with a mission of conquest - and exile - Lanik devises a bold and dangerous plan to finally break the vicious chain of rivalry and bloodshed that enslaves the people of the planet Treason.

©1988 Orson Scott Card; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Card provides a colorful dramatization of ethical issues and questions of identity against a backdrop of bizarrely fascinating races." (Publishers Weekly)
"Exemplifies Card's talent for creating disturbingly compelling, beautifully written stories." (Library Journal)

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    Don Fresno, CA, United States 09-18-11
    Don Fresno, CA, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great job Card"

    I love all of the books I have read from Card. This is the first one I listened to and was not disappointed. This was written before the Ender series and though vastly different, is similarly themed: Expand past your prejudices and become something greater and affect change for the better. I really enjoyed this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chad 12-24-10
    Chad 12-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    An imaginative romp through a beautiful world filled with unique and interesting inhabitants makes Treason an enjoyable and creative adventure that I highly recommend. Card's description of this realm will send your imagination on a fun ride that will leave you wanting more. My only complaint is that Card's description of the main character's female genitalia growing on his male body became too descriptive, and consequently, too awkward at times to bear, but it's a minor gripe of an otherwise exceptional novel. Rudnicki's narration, yet again, is excellent to say the least. Anyone who enjoyed him as Ender will likewise enjoy him here. Just an overall entertaining read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New York, NY, United States 10-10-12
    Michael New York, NY, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Deja Vu"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Yes as long as there are no blacks figuring prominently in it as a race or clan.. As an African of the diaspora I have run into Card's black savage/slave motif before. Tossing in a Hitler and Himmler( or was I dreaming?) into the mix before the character is well on his way to exile just had me stop the audiobook in its tracks. I think I will stick with his Enderverse and the parallel books of Bean and Petra's adventures.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    The beginning. See above.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stefan delivers...always. I will be sad to miss his performance here.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance. As I read the beginning I had a flashback of another Scott Card book with blacks swinging through the trees defecating while in mid flight and I just can't shake the image. I really don't care how good the book will get or how he does the blacks 'justice' in his depiction of them....any more than I am eager to stumble over the latest Scott Card faux pas and get ejected from the narrative and back into the real world. I enjoy being transported...not ejected . Lost my taste for continuing this book. As I get older I tolerate this nonsense less and less.. I no longer make justifications for why authors write a certain way just so I can finish a book. Something annoys me...I stop the book in its tracks as I did with this one. Permanently. When I qualify for exchanging it...for another audiobook...I will. I am too old for this stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading sci fi-fantasy since 1966...and it still is my preferred form of fiction. But I am in my fifties now and intend to be very, very selective from now on.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-18-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-18-11 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Interesting and thought-provoking"

    I like everything of Card's that I've read. This was just as good as most of his work. Very similar in some ways (young man + extraordinary powers + saves the world + questions regarding whether the world is worth saving) but still the world itself is very interesting and distinct. Very thought-provoking.

    Sure there are stereotypes and it's pretty clear what Card thinks about women and minorities and academics, but the science fiction part was interesting enough to make the mild moralizing and stereotyping bearable.

    The narration is very well done.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    E. Sprinkel 07-16-10
    E. Sprinkel 07-16-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Good with reservations"

    I enjoyed the overall story, but some of the weird sexual things were too much for me. It also had some fairly brutal parts, so the weak stomached need to look elsewhere. It is difficult talking about the "characters" in the story because there is really only one that you get to know. The main character is likable, but with flaws.

    I enjoyed the narration. I have always enjoyed his voice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas J. Hart Bethesda, MD, US 02-02-10
    Thomas J. Hart Bethesda, MD, US 02-02-10
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    "Interesting early Card"

    This early Card novel is far from his best, but still interesting. It's a bit over-blown. However, there are enough ideas and excitement to keep a reader intrigued.

    Probably my favorite portion of the download is a discussion by the author about the format of the book and what he would have done differently if he had the chance to rewrite it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Arlington, TN, United States 11-11-13
    Jared Arlington, TN, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I didn't know what to expect"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stefan Rudnicki is the best narrator in Audible.


    Was Treason worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    To be honest I wasn't so sure about the story when it first began. I am not into the fantasy genre as much as Sci-fi and Treason felt like a fantasy story. As it continued, it stayed a fantasy story, but I found myself getting caught up in it. By the end of the first half, I was hooked. I would listen to it again, and I would recommend it to a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeroen Melbourne, Australia 11-11-13
    Jeroen Melbourne, Australia 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow. This one really surprised me. Fantastic!"
    Any additional comments?

    This would be a hard book to give a run down of, and it would be a shame too in fact. So many amazing things happen, it'd be a shame to have it spoilt in any way so I'm not going to say much. This was his second published book i believe and its a beauty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Warren Phoenix, AZ 07-26-13
    Joseph Warren Phoenix, AZ 07-26-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good Scifi"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Treason?

    It was just plane old engrossing scifi. Easy to loose yourself in a different world. Even one with odd characters such as these. Brings up ethical and cultural issues in a unique way.


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    Carver Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-14-13
    Carver Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-14-13
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    "Stars say it all."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have kept Orson from writing it until later in his career.


    What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


    Which scene was your favorite?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Mmm, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Ender's Game (also by Orson Scott Card), but Treason is a few good ideas wrapped in sensational plot progressions that betray how long ago he wrote it. I'd recommend it if you're crazy for sci-fi/fantasy and are more or less out of other options...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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