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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  5,376 ratings  ·  320 reviews
Lanik Mueller's birthright as heir to planet Treason's most powerful rulership will never be realized. He is a "rad" -- radical regenerative. A freak among people who can regenerate injured flesh... and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. For, on a planet without hard metals -- or the means of escape -- iron is power in the race to build a spacecraf ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Orb Books (first published 1978)
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It's been years since I last read this, but I remember it very fondly. While it has some flaws, it is a really fun adventure story of a young man discovering himself & his world. And what a world! It's a very cool concept that Card has come up with. Part of the fun of the book is discovering this, so I won't say more in my review, except that it is a really interesting look at fanaticism & the evolution of societies.

There is a lot of adventure & it is almost a fantasy, yet always she
I gave the book 4 stars, so why does this get 5? The reader was pretty good, but not enough to give it another star. No, it's just a very good book & I rounded up this time because I found out a couple of things about Card over the years.

This is his second novel, which makes this quite a feat. He published 2 others the year this came out (1979?) too. That's a fantastic accomplishment. He does a great foreword in this edition, too. He's pretty religious now from what I've heard & this boo
Dec 30, 2009 k.wing rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ashley, Danica, JP, Philip, Nic, and anyone else interested.
Recommended to k.wing by: Nic
*December 2009*

I re-read this book and have a few updates. I keep the 4-star rating because I can't deny that this book is fun to read. However, this readthrough I noticed that the book was a bit choppier, and I could tell where Card went back through to add certain sections.

Also, oftentimes, Card is a tad bit shameless with the pubescent maleness of the main character and in the males of treason. Rape is commonplace and isn't taken seriously (boys will be boys, soldiers will be soldiers), and
Just to give you a rough idea of how charmingly fudged up this book is; the protagonist Lanik Mueller is a teenage boy who can regenerate any body parts (yes, any) and he has two lovely-cutesy horses named Hitler and Himmler. This nice charming young man should be going on an adventure and marry a fairy princess at the end of the rainbow or something but as the plot would have it, Lanik is exiled from his kingdom and set on the path to uncover the conspiracy that enslave planet Treason. Treason ...more
I'd give it a star and a half. The story was cool, but right in the middle of the book, the plot ended and a new one started. It should have been 2 books, the first and a sequel. Also, it was really uninentionally funny, the extra arms and tits everywhere, and the way the main character would look at his breasts and feel maternal, hilarious. The writing was terrible, cheesy, the characters flat, the special powers were played out like a geek who gets picked on at school wishing he could do THIS ...more
-Revisión innecesaria de una obra escrita por el autor cuando estaba comenzando a darse a conocer.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Lanik Mueller debe heredar en un futuro los dominios de su reino/familia, cuyo don es la regeneración de su organismo, pero al ser diagnosticado como regenerador radical su posición social y familiar cambia totalmente. Su padre, combinando destierro, política interna y espionaje internacional, le manda a investigar cómo otra familia/reino, los Nkumai, est
I got this book because it was on sale through Audible, assuming that it would be quite good—everybody is always going on about what a fantastic author Orson Scott Card is.

If I could sum Treason up in one word, I would say that it's lackluster. This is one of his early books, so we can't expect the same kind of polish that he would be writing with nowadays, but this book wandered around (literally) so much that sometimes I couldn't tell what the story would end up being about. Now that I've fin
Jesse Whitehead
When I was a teenager I tried really hard to like Orson Scott Card’s books. I read Ender’s Game and loved it. I read Speaker for the Dead and was bored out of my mind. Then I read eight or ten of his other books and had a similar experience.

I finally gave up. I’ve moved on, mostly. He does have some intriguing ideas that make me think about reading his books every once in awhile. (This happens when I read about Terry Brooks as well – though usually the desire to read his books is more of a “Hmm
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Card has made his mark on the speculative fiction world primarily through the moral complexity of the stories he tells. His characters face difficult ethical questions, and the result tends to be an interesting exploration of the issues raised, wrapped up in excellent storytelling.

Treason is a revisitation of Card's second novel, A Planet Called Treason. By his own count, he has re-written about 10% of the novel, maintaining the plot and simply refining the storytelling. It does seem very eviden
Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, I read 22 of O.S. Card's sci-fi and fantasy novels (including the five that mirror The Book of Mormon without knowing it). While Card’s plotlines do vary, unlike, say Clive Cussler (my favorite author during middle school), I grew to be aware of his deficiencies as a writer. He has certain phraseologies that he returns to far too frequently and his prose lacks sophistication. In fact, it's fairly juvenile. Also, as I got further into Card's oeuvre, I sa ...more
Odd book. I give it points for creativity and general readability. The characters are not terribly strong. It meanders a fair bit. The love story is half baked. Couple of plot holes. And this book literally begins with the major conflict being a young man growing breasts. I'm not sure whether that is a positive or a negative, but it's certainly original. Dan hypothesized that Orson Scott Card just wanted an excuse to talk about breasts. I don't know, but were I a man, I don't think I'd find the ...more
Don Simpson
I really liked this book. Finally an Orson Scott Card book that has a conclusion.
An epic tale told in under 300 pages, Treason is an engaging, thought-provoking book. While the story reads like a tale told over a campfire, with huge swaths of action told rather than shown, the approach was absolutely necessary in order to squeeze all of the plot into one book. If the book had been written today, I wonder if the publisher would have tried to stretch the story into a multi-volume series.

As it stands, Treason, like Worms, was a seemingly simple tale that asks the reader to cons
"En Traición encontramos todos los elementos que hicieron de Orson Scott Card, durante más de una década, un escritor de ciencia-ficción referente para muchos lectores y escritores: una imaginación desbordante, un estilo trepidante, y una construcción de personajes sólida capaz de hacernos empatizar con el más extravagante de ellos. Pero, por desgracia, también nos encontramos con los síntomas de decadencia que acabarían barriendo a Card de la cima
Travis Daniel Bow
This book was interesting, and about 60% of it was pretty fun to read. The beginning had a decent pace and story-line, as did the end. From about halfway through to almost the end, though, it was just... boring. And depressing. There was some vaguely interesting stuff happening, some philosophy, some introspection, but it was hard to care. I felt the despair of the characters, to the point that I wondered, "Why go on"?

That said, the concepts for the story are great, the imagination is rich, and
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I really like some of the stuff that Orson Scott Card writes. Enders Game was an excellent book as was the entire Seventh Son series. Treason intrigued me before I got into it and I was looking forward to it. I can tell it was an earlier book and I could also tell that it wasn't meant to be a full novel. The story of Lanik Meuller and all that he went through is at times fascinating while at other times frustrating. It's the usual tale of a man born into royalty and then brought down to even bel ...more
Teresa B
I was intrigued by the book jacket description, but found myself disappointed in several questionable "issues" and descriptions. Besides the fact that it seemed like a sci-fi version of a cross between the Oddessy and Gulliver's Travels (neither of which are favorites), I can NOT recommend it because of---how do I phrase this delicately?---"gender-related" issues.
This book is fabulous. It is tweaky in only the best kind of way that Orson Scott Card is awesome at. I got this book from the library freshman year and all my friends borrowed it and somehow it got lost and I had to pay the library $60 for a $5 book. They look down on "lost books" I guess. BUT even that could not sully my memory of this crown masterpiece of a book!
Card's second published book, the one I read redone slightly in later years. I kept puzzling over the fact that it seemed familiar, then I realized, yes, I'd read it before. One scene had really stuck in my head, but the rest had dissolved away. Even so, it is a good fast read with some interesting 'families.' Glad I read it again.
This usually gets overshadowed by the Ender series and the Alvin Maker series. This is excellent sci-fi with one of the most bizarre heros ever. A radical regenerative. You'll know what it means soon enough.
The last line stuck with me a long time. Read it!
Hazel M Bear
This book staretd off so stranely that I only kept reading it because I wanted to know where it would end up. Card did not dissapoint, and the bits I thought were sperfluous or uncouth smoothed out pretty well by the middle. Lanik was a likable protaonist, and though he underwent strange situations, you could see it all happening to him. The other characters did not feel that real on their own, but their flatness did not ruin the plot. Rather recommended for sci fi fans, especially those who lik ...more
Nick Frost
Meh. This book was a bit of a mess. It begins with a disturbing yet engaging plot. And then a bunch of stuff happen, and what do ya know, we have an entirely different plot half-way through the book. The plot switches at least three times and I was sadly, boarded with it for most of the book. It keeps you reading in anticipation of a awesome climax, but it never comes. In fact, I would say the second half of the book is mostly falling action, which kinda sucks. Besides interesting concepts and a ...more
I'm not going to say this book doesn't have problems, but in spite of any problems it has, it is FUN. Lots and lots of fun. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
I thought it was all too fantasy-like at first then realized that the story was really one of redemption and loved it.
I generally like Card's books. This one not so much. It held my attention throughout, but it just seemed to go too much into, for me, disturbing images of body mutilation. I hasten to add this wasn't described in a gory way. But the them of dealing with disturbing images of the self played out as physical deformities or transformation didn't work for me. A bit too much deus ex machina in the end.

For some the clever analogy of working out a sense of self in the real world, will be compelling. And
Apr 09, 2010 Celestasaurus rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Celestasaurus by: Jeff
Shelves: adult
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Alan Marchant
dare call it Treason

The metal-poor prison planet Treason is divided among 80 clans that are descended from the members of an intellectual cabal that threatened a populist empire 3 millenia ago. By selectively trading precious iron with each clan, the empire reinforces specialization, competition, and social fragmentation across the planet.

In Treason, Orson Scott Card tells the story of Lanik Mueller, a "radical regenerative" who is exiled from his clan of geneticists. Wandering (and bleeding) fr
Althea Ann
I very much enjoyed the first half of this book. I felt that it set up an interesting situation and characters: Lanik is a young man from a clan which has learned to genetically regenerate themselves, making them undefeatable in battle and virtually immortal. Unfortunately, sometimes the genetic modification goes wrong, and rather than just regenerating lost or damaged limbs, etc, the body keeps growing new parts, requiring surgery, becoming monstrous. Usually, those people are harvested for ext ...more
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“I want to see the king," I said, after explaining who I was.
"Wonderful," said the ancient Nkumai who sat on a cushion near the corner pole of the house. "I'm glad for you."
That was all, and apparently he meant to say no more. "Why are you so glad?" I asked.
"Because it's good for every human being to have an unfulfilled wish. It makes all of life so poignant.”
“I don't know what's going on in the world," he said. "Everything seemed so reasonable and scientific until I discovered my son was a fraud with the ability to hide my own memories from me. And now you come along. The captain at the gate told me you were executed and buried yesterday."
"He spoke to you? He didn't say a word to me," I said.
"Don't change the subject, young man. I'm accusing you of violating the laws of nature."
"Nature's virtue is intact. I just know some different laws.”
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