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Earthfall (Homecoming Saga #4)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  6,266 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The Oversoul of the colony planet Harmony selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now grown to a tribe in the years of their journey to Harmony's hidden starport, they are ready at last to take a ship to the stars. But from the beginning there has been bitter dispute between Nafai and Elemak, Wetchick's youngest son and his oldest.
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Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published January 1996 by Tor Books (first published 1995)
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Jacob Sievers
I was a bit disappointed after finishing the 3rd book in this series, The Ships of Earth, as I felt I was really reading a story that was turning into just a complex family drama rather than a science fiction saga which is what it seemed to have been billed as. A handful of characters had been added to the story for reasons I couldn't really understand other than to just expand the family dynamic.

However, with this book my opinion of the story changed, and I ended up really enjoying the ride on...more
Parthena
Sep 20, 2008 Parthena rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who liked the rest of the "Homecoming" series novels
Although many reviews have said that this entire series is sort of a different way of exploring the Book of Mormon, I know very little about Mormon parables or beliefs so I had nothing to compare these books to in that regard.

My primary thoughts on this: I think Book 4, Earthfall, was the most interesting book of the whole series so far. I was disappointed that the primary antagonist was not punished in some way for being so murderous and sneaky, but then I guess there wouldn't have been a stor...more
Carol
I just. I love the moments in this book that pierce to my little moral heart. In one chapter Card had me crying, angry, hateful and then resolved me to forgiving, pity and a ironic chuckle. This is a great example of a story that moves you instead of manipulating you.

I love the way Card takes animals that society shuns and makes them into Fellow Men we grow to love.

Pg: 178
"Better to have the trust of the people than their respect. With trust, their respect could be earned later; without it, res...more
Jennifer
The third book started off great, but by the time I was knee deep in the book it was getting repetitive, and not branching out to knew obstacles. I was a little disappointed after reading the other books.
Jennifer
As always, the books of this series are a fun read. Card uses the plotline of the Book of Mormon to tell a completely different, yet oddly parallel, story that is intriguing. I haven't figured out the reason for the addition of sentient animals to the story, since that is most certainly NOT a part of the Book of Mormon, but they do make for interesting consideration and for a better showcasing of the evil of the Laman character and the good of the Nephi character. Both come to fruition by the en...more
Randa
While I enjoyed the theory of the saga, I was tired by the time I reached this book.
Geoff
Dec 15, 2010 Geoff added it
This book was better than The Ships of Earth, but again I feel as if five books was a bit much for this story. It could easily have been split into two separate trilogies, but it wasn’t so we get the somewhat disjointed story through the first four novels and what appears to be a fifth book which may be completely unrelated.

Roughly half of this novel takes place on the spaceship Basillica, named after their abandoned town, and Nefai and Luet have proceeded to follow the Overlord’s plans and have...more
Annette
In "Earthfall," the rather biblical-feeling, constantly bickering, occasionally even murderous clan of Rasa and The Wetchick finally makes it to Earth, 40 million years in our future when all humans are long gone and two new sentient species are trying to fill their ecological niche.
A few things stuck out to me as I read this second-to-last book in the series:
1) Card's books will never be made into movies. They don't deal with the right subject matter. Even in a plot where a couple of dozen so...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in May 1998.

This is the fourth and final volume of Card's Homecoming series. The story of the series is that of one of earth's colonies, which has a satellite put up by the original, pacifist, colonisers to monitor the community and ensure that no technology capable of mass destruction is developed. It has the ability to influence the minds of the people on the world below it to ensure this happens. After forty million years, the satellite is beginning to wea...more
Roger
This volume remains enjoyable and the action picks up within the first couple of chapters. The Oversoul has commanded Nafai and those who follow him to set the cryogenic units in the starship to awaken them during the 100 year voyage to Earth so that the children who follow the Oversoul's will be adults by the time they reach their destination. Nafai, despite reservations about the morality of putting his family and children so far in advance of the rebellious group led by Elemak, chooses to ob...more
Steven Brandt
40 million years ago mankind was forced to flee the planet Earth as a result of their own shortsightedness. Those few who survived vowed never to let their descendants repeat the mistakes of the past so they created the Oversoul, a sophisticated AI programmed to watch over mankind on their new world, Harmony. When the time was right, the Oversoul was designed to lead the humans back to their ancient home world. That time has finally come and the Oversoul carefully selects the family of Wetchik t...more
Nola
Feb 02, 2014 Nola rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Card fans
Recommended to Nola by: Card
For some reason, this is the only book in the Homecoming series I don't own, so I'm finally getting around to reading it. If you're LDS, you'll know the story - family on a ship headed to promised land, older bro gets mad and ties up younger bro, chaos of a "storm" until older bro relents. A little more science fiction than the story we know and love, but very enjoyable.

This is the first time we get to see the animals from the Keeper of the Earth's dreams, and I'm sorry, but they bug me. I know...more
Dacia
Jan 29, 2008 Dacia rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful!

I absolutely adore this series. After I'd read it several times (and loved every second) I found out that there are strong storyline ties to the Book of Mormon. Even so, it's a great story, great characters, great plot... great everything! It really makes you think about what we value in this world. My favorite quote is when one of the characters is talking about killing another sentient species. The patriarch, Volemak, tells him he should not go hunting them. The...more
Peter
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Darlene
May 15, 2011 Darlene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Sci-fi buffs
Recommended to Darlene by: Tom Smith, Yvensong
This is interesting, but not my favorite. I expected, by it being part of Ender's quartet, to see more of Ender. I am sad that I haven't seen any of the characters set up in the first couple of books. Where'd they go? Even still I am anxious to start the next book. We'll see how long I can hold off. I do have a mountain of reads waiting for me.

Oh, for those who get this on Kindle, there are a lot of typos. I don't know if it is that way in the paper or hardbacks. VERY distracting!

***
When I had a...more
James
This book reminds me of the speaker for the dead/xenocide/children of the mind trilogy much more than the previous 3 books. I admit I thoroughly enjoyed not only the book, but seeing how Card made the multiple themes weave together.

Other reviewers have complained that Card "copies" the Book of Mormon. While I see the similarities, it is less in the story than in the underlying relationships with individuals. Card's best books are written in layers, and this is the book where the deeper layers re...more
LKM
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Jason McIntosh
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I'm crushed!! i've loved reading this series. I've grown really attached to the characters and couldn't wait to see how things would resolve for a lot of them. Especially the decades old resentment between the 2 brothers. but then just as everything is coming to a head and really getting intense. BAM!! nice tidy wrap up that barely takes a full page and were giving NO resolve or even a hint as to what happens with everyone. I know theres a 5th book and I know Shedya is the only re...more
Lisa
Ok this was better than book 3 in the series. Upbeat & kept my interest all the way through. I didn't think it was possible to like Elemak any less but he proves himself more evil than before. I started to lose a little respect for Nafai during this story, maybe because he refuses to stand up to Elemak no matter what he does. I struggled with that but alas, a new hero is arising: keep your eye on Oykib. Unfortunately, a new evil blossoms as well, Elemak's son: surprise, surprise. Good stuff!...more
Chris Anderson
Best of the series so far. Reminds me of Lustaina from the Ender series.
Oliver
This book is split into two parts: the Journey to Earth and the first years on Earth.

Both parts have their merits and some sections that are suspenseful to read while others are droning along. What got on my nerves was a) endless discussions about the nature of the Keeper of the Earth and b) Elemak does horrible things, Elemak gets "punished", Elemak does horrible things again and again and again. (We need him to survive, I love him) If they didn't need his genes in the gene pool, they would hav...more
Alisha
This is book 4 of the Homecoming series, which is more or less based on the story of Nephi and his family in the Book of Mormon. This really bothers some people, but I can take it for what it is, a fun, futuristic interpretation of true events. Anyway, I liked this book as much as the others and flew through it in about 4 days. I'm excited to read the last book, but I have to wait b/c Matthew and I are going to read it together, and he's reading the new Eragon book right now.
Courtney
There were things I really liked about this book, but I got extremely tired of having to read over and over Nafai's whining about how unworthy he was and how much he wanted his brother Elemak to love him back. Also, the fact that people were still saying Nafai was so young even when he obviously wasn't was asinine. I enjoyed the first three much more and hope that the last one isn't such a disappointment.
Emil Duhnea
Suggests a setting and a theme vaguely reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke's The City and The Stars - the rediscovery of human will in a society whose technological control begins to falter - but overlays this with an odd mix of biblical overtones and Machiavellian militarism. There seems little doubt that the whole series will prove as readable - and as morally committed - as we've come to expect from Card.
- Locus
Rod Hyatt


This continued story in this 4th book did not lose any momentum at all. Not even with three generations. it gets hard to keep track of who's who. But Card is so talented in making you aquatinted with the people and personalities. As the book ends, it seems like it is the end of the series. Card raps it up well. But, there is a fifth book and I just found it in the library. Till my comments on the book.
Villager
This book focused mainly on the introduction of two new species -- the diggers and the angels. Apparently they are 40,000,000 year evolutions of 'rats' and 'bats'. Interesting concept ... and I found myself enjoying this book for a number of reasons.

That said ... I also think that the series has basically run its course. It is hard to believe that the author can write a 5th book in this series.
Emily
Finally, we're on Earth. However, if you think you might get some answers about who the Keeper of Earth might be, both you and the Oversoul are sorely mistaken. The rift between Nafai and Elemak comes to a head, and although it's pretty satisfying, it's not all shiny and happy. The angel and digger societies are interesting bits of archaeology, though, so the book is worth reading
Olgalijo
I still find the many ethical dilemmas routinely presented in this series very compelling and current. On the other hand the "no matter what's done humans will always be violent and destructive" underlying idea starts to become old and repetitive. Also, the characters, that I thought to be pretty round at the beginning of the series, start to look flat and unchanging after four books.
Jennifer Busch
Orson Scott Card is a very creative science fiction and fantasy writer! This book (series) is a great look into the philosophy of life on other planets and the possibility of higher intelligences. The last books in the series (starting with this book) introduce new characters that are not a likeable as the earlier books and the storyline suffers because of it.
Mark Sanchez
Only bad thing I can say is, I didn't like the very last page of this book. Besides that: the most eventful book of the series so far. The other books have been building up to this one and it did not disappoint. Still, this book is just a mere stepping stone to the 5th book which looks like it will hit the ground running. Can’t wait to see what happens.
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th...more
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