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Earthfall (Homecoming Saga #4)

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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
Jun 30, 2015 Jacob Sievers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, 5-star-sci-fi
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
Sep 20, 2008 Parthena rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2016 Mitch rated it it was amazing
I can't believe how much I've enjoyed this series. When I was halfway through book 2 I heard it was based on Mormonism and admittedly my interest was challenged. Not that I have anything against Mormons in general, I just don't have much patience for religious writings.(If anyone ever tells you the Christian Bible is a good read, go running in the opposite direction...yawn)
Anyway, this series has held my interest and by the ending of book 4 it is becoming compulsive reading. Even though I've ne
May 08, 2016 Matias rated it it was amazing

Hasta el momento es el libro que más me gusto de la serie por varias razones. Primero y principal, toda la historia tiene como eje central un viaje de 100 años por el espacio, y la historia no comprende solamente el viaje sino también las preparaciones y la colonización de la zona de aterrizaje. Todo esto hace en mi opinión una historia excelente de ciencia ficción. A la vez se le agrega el hecho de que todos los personajes se dividen en dos grupos claramente opuestos, y el hecho de que uno teng
Mar 31, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok
This book tells of several families who are chosen by the Oversoul to travel on a starship back to earth. The Oversoul is a massive computer who tries to guide humans so that they don't all kill each other off in nuclear war or similar.
Parts that I liked from this book:
1. Character motives -- Card always does a good job of giving characters convincing backstories, motives, and unique thoughts.
2. The power play -- How do wicked and good men rise to power? What immediate benefits does not having
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing
Earthfall (1995) 370 pages by Orson Scott Card

The fourth book in the homecoming series. The book picks up where The Ships of Earth left off. The group is on the starship headed back to Earth, meanwhile we get glimpses of the two sentient species that have risen since the humans left. Hints from the previous books are coming to fruition.

The whole four books have been this constant struggle between Nafai, the obvious protagonist, and Elemak. Not that Elemak is evil, he wants to be the leader and h
Mel Windham
Jul 14, 2014 Mel Windham rated it it was amazing
Out of the five, this volume was my favorite. The ragtag group finally gets off the planet Harmony, and things happen more quickly. The trip across space is cool. Orson introduces two new races that had evolved into intelligent species on Earth in the humans' absence. Also, we get to know more about the Keeper of Earth, some highly advanced something that communicates with humans through their dreams--not to be confused with the Oversoul, the supercomputer entity that talks directly to Nafai and ...more
Jul 06, 2016 jjonas rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
2.5 stars.

Fourth part of the Homecoming series, more a mish-mash of various themes than the previous ones, not in a positive way; still ok+.

It was already pretty tiresome to see the same old family antagonisms played out once again, this time just on a spaceship and in the earth colony. Nothing had changed in that department. Elemak and his toadies are basically the same as in the first book, and Nafai & co. are the same as well. (view spoiler)
Aug 06, 2015 Elar rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This should have ended the series, pretty good moment to tie all the loose ends, finish agony of the characters who just are wicked and should have been cannon fodder aGoT style. But no, same situations, same face offs, little bit new info, but not enough.
May 04, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 19, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Sep 24, 2015 Rowdy rated it liked it
The story was going along fine till the author forgot elements from the three previous books that make the 4th book stupid.

How the hell do you forget the star cloak is supposed to be not only transferable to other people but the more contact you have with someone the more of the cloak they get all the way to full cloak abilities.

I was waiting for the Star Master's wife to suddenly reveal she also had the cloak powers and save the day, but no. Card would you take some notes to remind you what y
Apr 13, 2009 Randa rated it it was ok
While I enjoyed the theory of the saga, I was tired by the time I reached this book.
Debra Meyer
I can't really decide if I liked it or not. It was heavy with the mormonism and the family drama was so strong that at times I just had to put it down and find something else to listen to just so I could calm my nerves. To much pain in this one, too much hatred, too much of everything negative that it almost outweighed the good in the book. It was a good story but holy hell take a chill pill man. I've lived a life of nasties like the older brothers and its really hard to read a series of books t ...more
Oct 07, 2014 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 ha
Apr 03, 2009 Annette rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Simon Mcleish
Mar 04, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok
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
Aug 08, 2009 Roger rated it liked it
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 (Audiobook-Heaven)
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 Redd
Feb 02, 2014 Nola Redd rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2008 Dacia rated it it was amazing
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
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Mar 05, 2015 Marlee rated it really liked it
This was a great book in the series, though I don't think it would have been so as a stand-alone book. I was already invested in all of the characters of the book before having started it, which I think it why I enjoyed it so much. The book was fast-paced, often jumping ahead several years at a time, and I would have enjoyed if it went more slowly. However, it concluded everything before this quite well.
Amloid Mesa
Jul 13, 2014 Amloid Mesa rated it really liked it
Now this book returns to writing that we know and love. Once again this a great story told in a way that sucks the reader in. On a sower note the brothers are at it again with Cain trying to slay Abel for the same reasons as the first 3 books. In this book we get new characters and most of the dreams have come true. All in all can't wait till next book in series
May 15, 2011 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 23, 2010 James rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2015 Keegan rated it it was amazing
The book was just as fantastic, imaginative, enlightening, and provocative as the preceding three in the series "Homecoming" if not more-so. The book continues to follow the family of Wetchik but this time through the stars as they pioneer their way from their home planet Harmony to Earth- the planet of their ancestors. The book is riveting in its story-telling and leaves no stone unturned when dealing with the characters inner emotions, thoughts, motives, and especially turmoil. It explores all ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the 4th book even better, going deeper in exploring the human conscience.
Also, the mystery behind the dreams with rats and angels is revealed - this part was probably the most interesting.
What I didn't like was that some of the main characters from the other books were almost left behind, rarely reminded of.
Apr 15, 2011 LKM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Homecoming Saga (5 books)
  • The Memory of Earth (Homecoming, #1)
  • The Call of Earth (Homecoming, #2)
  • The Ships of Earth (Homecoming, #3)
  • Earthborn (Homecoming, #5)

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