Friday, November 11, 2005

Xenocide


Author: Orson Scott Card

Category: Fantasy/ Science Fiction

Summary: On the planet Lusitania, Ender and the other human colonists strive to neutralize the "descolada," a possibly sentient virus that adapts itself rapidly to every attack. Meanwhile, tensions are rising between the colonists and the indigenous "pequeninos," who rely on the descolada for their survival; and the fleet sent by Starways Congress to destroy the rebellious colony closes in with its doomsday weapon. With the help of their family, their pequenino friends, and Jane (an artificial intelligence), Ender and his sister Valentine race against time to resolve these crises.

1 Comments:

At 12:33 AM, Blogger simonl said...

Xenocide is one of the broadest books I have ever read. It addresses nearly every controversial issue and theme a science fiction book can cover. Some of these ideas are ethics of genetic research, tolerance, government spying/manipulation, time travel, religion, limitations of human perception and the condition of mental sanity. Card's view of these ideas are quite prominently displayed in the novel. There seems to be little room for open interpretion of the novel. The language is relatively simple but the length (around 600 pages) makes up for that. The diversity of ideas makes it a versatile book for ALIS but the lack of big themes may also cause some problems in giving textual support for a specific theme. Literary criticism for this book exists but is very limited. Also worth noting is that the storyline follows three separated stories that don't really connect and make sense until the end. I enjoyed the book, but it proved to be too cumbersome to be incorporated easily in an essay.

 

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