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Treason

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,672 Ratings  ·  342 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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Jim
Oct 21, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
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
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Jim
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
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k.wing
Dec 30, 2009 k.wing rated it really liked it
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
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apple
Sep 10, 2011 apple rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audible
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
Davelowusa
Mar 06, 2009 Davelowusa rated it really liked it
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
Clint
Jan 24, 2009 Clint rated it it was ok
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
Olethros
Mar 06, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-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
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Jeff
Nov 07, 2012 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks
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
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Jesse Whitehead
Aug 10, 2010 Jesse Whitehead rated it liked it
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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Anthony
Dec 26, 2008 Anthony rated it really liked it
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John
Aug 03, 2008 John rated it liked it
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
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Angie
Oct 01, 2011 Angie rated it liked it
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
Aug 26, 2014 Don Simpson rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Finally an Orson Scott Card book that has a conclusion.
Flinx
Jun 05, 2016 Flinx rated it it was amazing
I'm fairly new to science fiction and this one was a pretty good choice because i didn't get to read descriptions about robots and their functioning parts... I mean, the fact that the magical and fantastical elements combine so well with the obvious out-of-this-world-and-far-away-into-a-different-time-and-space Sci Fi helped me a lot to deal with this novel.

On a basic level, the story about the prodigal son returning with new knowledge and spirituality (and, of course, saving the world -- their
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Tomislav
Dec 08, 2015 Tomislav rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book certainly started out strange. The teenaged male heir to the throne of Mueller has grown breasts. It seems the Muellers have the capability of rapid regeneration after physical injuries, but occasionally an individual develops a runaway condition where extra organs and limbs grow unexpectedly. The kingdom usually puts these people into pens and harvests from them for trade in iron. But in this case, the King chooses rather to exile his son. Thus begin the adventures of Lanik Mueller ov ...more
Phil
Dec 22, 2014 Phil rated it it was amazing
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
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Fabulantes
Dec 22, 2014 Fabulantes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficcion
Reseña: http://www.fabulantes.com/2013/11/tra...
"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
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Travis Bow
Feb 24, 2014 Travis Bow rated it liked it
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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Zack
May 21, 2016 Zack rated it it was ok
Orson Scott Card is one of the few authors I can say has been with me through the most important years of my life. I first discovered Ender's Game at the age of twelve after my older cousin told me it was one of the best books he had ever read. Since then, I have relentlessly sought out nearly every thing Card has ever written, and loved most of it.

I'm 22 now, and while I still hold the Enders Game and Shadow series in high reverence, I've realized over the past few years that I've outgrown Car
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Armand
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Brian
May 22, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
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
Dec 08, 2009 Teresa B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
Emma
Dec 18, 2007 Emma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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!
Foxthyme
Jan 11, 2009 Foxthyme rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f-spec-h
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.
Bill
Jan 30, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
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!
Nissanmama
Feb 18, 2016 Nissanmama rated it really liked it
3.5/4 stars. According to the forward, Treason was one of Card's earliest pieces released initially as The Planet Treason. Later, for this edition, Card reworked the story and added about 10% more material. I would have liked some more reworking and more base material, but it was a good read. Like all of Card's books that I've read, the theme of power comes up again. Who has it, who wants it, who's protecting it and so forth. Many of Card's ideas are unique and original, but in the translation t ...more
Jacob
Dec 08, 2015 Jacob rated it really liked it
This is one of those books with all kinds of layer of metaphor and meaning, probably some is not intended, but that doesn't make it any less engaging. This is probably one of my favorite Card novels. It gets exceedingly draggy at points, but you care about the story and the lead enough that you wade through these times along with him. The relationships Lanik forges are deep and keenly felt by the reader, making his growth and quest become something larger than they were at their outset.

This is
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Hazel M Bear
Jun 14, 2014 Hazel M Bear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2014 Nick Frost rated it it was ok
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
Karin
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.
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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.”
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“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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