The Ships of Earth: Homecoming: Volume 3
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The Ships of Earth: Homecoming: Volume 3 (Homecoming Saga #3)

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As the planet Harmony descends into war and chaos, the artificially intelligent guardian computer Oversoul, its systems failing, calls a group of refugees on a journey across the deserts to the hidden spaceport where the ancient starships lie, awaiting a return flight to Earth. But not all have chosen this journey.
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Published October 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1994)
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Roger
This series gets better as it moves along. In this volume, Volemak leads his family into the desert under the direction of the Oversoul, a satellite computer which was created to prevent mankind from recreating the destruction of earth society on their new home of Harmony. The Oversoul's systems continue to fail allowing the extremes of violence to return to Harmony and he/she has chosen to rescue a select family to return to Earth. The dichotomies between those who choose the right and those w...more
Dan
By far the worst book by Mr. Card I've ever read. In the previous books, Mr. Card did a great job weaving political schemes and plots and creating characters who would realistically react to the new and changing situations in which they found themselves. With a cast of only 16 (excluding children) I guess Mr. Card had a hard time figuring out things to talk about as they traveled through the wilderness. He resorted to an unnecessary and shameful (for an LDS author) sex scene. I skipped the track...more
Mel Windham
The story continues as Nafai, family, and friends disembark on their journey across the desert. They have no idea where they're going, but the supercomputer Oversoul watches them. He tells them what direction to go, when to stop and camp, and when to keep on going, alerting them to any and all dangers along the way.

This journey takes a couple of decades. Along the way, the group makes babies, which then become new characters. At times, the details of the journeyings and who's who in the new gene...more
Zachary
It's hard for me to quite tell what I think of this book. On the one hand, the book is a kind of synthesis of the Old Testament. Important: it is not the Old Testament, or a parable representing the Old Testament. Events and scenes do not add up to the Old Testament, and the reader should not try to force them to fit it; that would be both artificial and superficial. It is clear that there is considerable influence from Old Testament writings, but the book is its own literary unit. Even so, ther...more
Dan
I've been running through this series as books on tape and I've been super happy with them all so far. So much of this book is appealing to me. A voyage into the desert, a simplification of life and culture, and a somewhat unknown but driving goal to be part of something much bigger then you alone. It feels like the structure of a lot of fantasy epics and i dig it. That said the book really focus one the relationships of the group of 16 adults. Most of these struggles and conflicts that left me...more
Parthena
I felt that this was a marked improvement from the last book in this series ("the Call of Earth"). Things finally began picking up, there was a fair amount of character development, and there was a good sense that the real action was finally beginning. (the first 2 books almost felt like Prologues or some sorts of Prequels..)

I found some of the character dynamics somewhat predictable, but overall this novel seems to have set the stage for the next book, which I have yet to read.
Dacia
This has to be one of my favorite books in the whole world. It's the mid book in a truly wonderful series. While this series is closely tied to the book of Mormon, I didn't know that the first several times I read it. The characters in the story are intense and real. The love and ties that bind the family together are so true. It's wonderful!
Geoff
Of the three novels so far, this was my least favorite. It dealt mostly with the journey from Basilica to the original ships that brought humans to the planet of Harmony. It was bogged down in details of the travel and the minor arguments between the main characters.

Although it was interesting to learn more about each of the characters we met in the other novels, but to be completely honest it became trite and somewhat annoying. I think that Card has a great writing style, but when it gets to pe...more
Misha
I think I liked this one, they are starting to get all jumbled together! The original group is still intact, though they have grown with the marriages that have taken place and the children that had been born. Nafai still struggles with his two older brothers (Laman & Lemuel), primarily Elemak in the ability to lead and control the group. Nafai wants to serve and do the Over Soul's will, but Elemak, the first born, has defied the Over Soul and has no wish to follow him/her. Nafai has had to...more
Mark Sanchez
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Christophe
Pour Nafai et ses compagnons, la page de Basilica est définitivement tournée. Quittant, sous la contrainte des événements, la quiétude de la cité des femmes, ils doivent à présent affronter le rude désert d'Harmonie. Commence alors pour eux un voyage de plusieurs années qui doit les mener jusqu'aux vaisseaux stellaires, synonymes de retour vers la Terre. Au cours de leur exode, jalousie et rancœur font leur apparition au sein de la communauté et le groupe menace de se désintégrer. En dépit des
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Steven Brandt
Humans came to the planet Harmony fleeing the destruction they had unleashed on their home world, Earth. They planned carefully, building a sophisticated AI, which they called the Oversoul, to watch over their descendants and when the time was right to lead them back home. After 40 million years on Harmony that time has finally come and the Oversoul begins to act. Choosing carefully from the planet’s inhabitants the Oversoul selects eight men and eight women to make the long voyage home.

This is...more
Omly
The Oversoul, a computer built by humans escaping the destruction of Earth's ability to support life, has been guiding human evolution over the last 40 billion years to better be able to communicate with it and calm their destructive tendencies. Now the Keeper of Earth is calling that it is time to recolonize Earth. A group of 16 colonists has been selected by the Oversoul for being the top of its selective evolutionary process, but that does not mean that they are inclined to work together or e...more
Jadie
This really felt like a filler book in the series. The series isn't that great to begin with, but it is a fun read. This book, however, was all about the 8-9 year journey to find, you guessed it, the ships of Earth. Though it was a fairly fast read, the book seemed kind of drawn out. It was mostly written to elaborate on the relatioships within the group chosen by the Oversoul, but to dedicate a whole book to doing so seems rather unnecessary in my opinion. Ontop of that, this book (along with t...more
Jennifer
This is a fun story with some in depth perspectives on some familiar historical figures...taken out of history and made fictional. Seeing how the author treats the thinking behind the fictional characters' actions gives new insight to the historical figures they represent. I can recommend this book to a mature adolescent and above.
James
Bried summary: the 16 exiles are now travelling through the desert to the spaceport and starting families. The conflict deepens, not only between Nafai and Elemak, but other lines as well. The depth and complexity of the characters is fleshed out, so I liked this book much more that the previous two. The complexity of interpersonal relationships and motivations overwoven on an interesting scifi plot is what makes Card so fun to read. This one reminded me of Speaker for the Dead, in how he develo...more
Amloid Mesa
Good book the struggle between the characters is getting old, also this is a filler book. This is the bridge from the desert to the place they intended to be. This book could be skipped. Without major disruption from story
Molly G
Reread 12-15-09. Remembered past favorite moments and loved them just as much this time around -- indeed couldn't wait to keep reading to get to them. The section that stands out as now meaning so much more to me now than it did then is the Shedemei/Zdorab proposal scene. I liked and was intrigued by it in the past, but didn't quite get it. To read it now, the sensitivity, truthfulness, honesty and complexity of it, the situation it delves and the future issues it sets up, now that I've lived (e...more
Katie
There's something vaguely Biblical and also something vaguely Dune-like about this series thus far, and I'm enjoying having that backdrop with characters that are very Card. I especially like getting the point of view of Hushidh the raveler as the bonds and tensions in this motley group of characters are explored. Sometimes they persuade each other deftly and have great insight into each other's personalities, other times they are so woefully ignorant of the little ways they are ticking each oth...more
Julianne Larsen
Just for those of you who are not familiar with Mormons or their scripture, this is like a sci-fi rip off of what is called The Book of Mormon. Its Cards imaginings of actual people and events in the Americas, only based in the future. I don't think he really gets the character casting right though, speaking as someone who has read the BOM. This book drags with its conversations but i thought it got interesting near the end and i plan on listening to the next audio book called Earthfall. Im mere...more
Emily
The family of Volemak and Rasa have come to rest in a fertile valley and are raising their children in relative peace and comfort. Unfortunately, the Oversoul still plans to bring them back to earth. Elemak still resents his brother Nafai, who is about to get a lot more powerful, once the ships are found and brought back to working order.
The plot advances and the younger generation is full of interesting characters. Though this could work well as a "bridge" book, it does a good job of keeping t...more
Charity Bradford
I still enjoy the series, but once again there were moments in this book that felt weird to me because it is a scripture story that I grew up with. Most of the time I don't think about the correlation between the two, but there were moments where I felt it was being flung in my face.

I guess I should explain that I love the scripture story so I'm not sure that I am comfortable with the tweaks and changes that make it good science fiction. Does that make sense. For example, when I read the script...more
Mukta Mohapatra
Book 3 moves many years forward as the Basilican exiles form a new life in the desert. They will found a town, have many children and discover the location of the Oversoul.
Through the years, Elemak, Vas and Mebbekew have not learned to accept the Oversoul and respect Nafai. Their human jealousy and pettiness cause a lot of strife.
The large picture of rebuilding Earth is lost to them. I felt that getting bogged down in the day to day life shouldn't make us forget a higher purpose. Nafai and Volem...more
Peter
I've been on kind of an Orson Scott Card kick here, starting with Ender's Game and when I finished that series I led straight into this one. This particular volume was an interesting shift from the politics of city life into the politics of living in a self-contained group and the strife of journeying through the wilderness. It's a definite change for the series, but not an unexpected one. The character development of the first two books definitely is necessary for this book to make sense. Howev...more
Jill
A great brain candy sci-if audio read. Not counted for challenge.
Rod Hyatt


I related well with this the goings ons of the story. Card has such a way with words to make you touch and feel his imagination. He draws you into the reality of it. You can smell and taste it in ways that not to many authors can do. Ya it has some B of M traits, I almost thought that Elimak was going to change and not follow Laman and Lemuel true story line that lived 600 years before Christ. All stories must have an adversary, it's the way of man. It adds to the compulsion of the story.
On to...more
Rita Webb
This was a great addition to the Homecoming Saga--a story full of fascinating, well-developed characters. And I enjoyed the continuation of the epic story.

However, I got the feeling that he just wanted to get done and didn't give it all he had the last fourth of the book. He summed up a couple years in a few paragraphs, which was fine. The fast forward was necessary. But after that he did more telling than showing and then got back into it the last chapter or so.

It really was the two previous bo...more
Ann
It was OK. A little too neat, in my opinion. All the good guys were very good; all the bad guys were very bad; and no matter how precarious the situation, it always worked out well in the end. And the hero (male, despite all the talk of gender equality) winds up being who you expect it to be, and he gets all sorts of amazing powers and near-perfect insight and the apparent inability to be conquered. What fun is that?

It's the same problem I had with "Ender's Game," which was entertaining but, aga...more
Luigi
It grew on me, now I'm looking forward to Book 4
Leah
This book was a bit slower than the first two. A lot of traveling and years passing by until the group comes to find their final destination. There was some drama during the murderous scenes (won't spoil who's trying to kill who) and kept you wanting to read more since you have to find out what happens next.

The whole scene of Nafai dropping through the water column was a bit strange but we'll see where it leads in the next book.
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