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Ships of Earth (Homecoming Saga #3)

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The City of Basilica has fallen. Now Wetchik, Nafai, and all their family must brave the desert wastes, and cross the wide continents to where Harmony's hidden spaceport lies silent, abandoned, waiting for the command to make the great interstellar ships ready for flight again.

But of these sixteen people, only a few have chosen their exile. The others, Rasa's spiteful daug
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Published January 15th 1995 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published 1994)
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Aug 28, 2010 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Jul 18, 2009 Roger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 01, 2007 Dacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: E
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!
Jan 04, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He de dir que la història m'interessa, i tinc moltes ganes de saber què es trobaran quan arribin a la Terra (el que em queda, encara!), però de tant en tant, se'm fa una mica pesat i penso que es podria fer una mica més ràpid...

En aquest llibre, 16 persones (8 homes, 8 dones) parteixen buscant les naus que els portaran a la Terra i per això han de travessar el desert. Es formen 8 parelles, que comencen a tenir fills, que seran la propera generació. I aquí hi ha un dels problemes del llibre, que
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
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
Mark Sanchez
Apr 24, 2010 Mark Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Worthy continuation of the Homecoming series.

In the beginning it felt like it's going to be a more or less the same old same old as in the previous two parts, i.e. the same characters bickering about the same stuff in the same way. However, while it certainly was still there, it didn't turn out that way completely. Even though many of the characters didn't get any more nuanced personalities this time around either – including some of the central characters – some of them did get good character d
Jun 22, 2014 Zachary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chestertonian
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
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ships of Earth (1994) 352 pages by Orson Scott Card.

This is the third book in the Homecoming series. Forty million years ago the human race sent colonists to Harmony. They stripped themselves of all means of global warfare and built a super computer to guide men away from the things that could lead to nuclear war. But this computer, the Oversoul, is beginning to have less control. Some of the forbidden items are beginning to be made.

I could have sworn when I read the first ones they were I
Travis Bow
May 04, 2013 Travis Bow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a book description talks about inter-relational tension and the author is Orson Scott Card, you know it's going to be entertaining.

This is a character story. There's not a huge amount of plot or big surprises or anything, but you get to watch people contend with each other and grow (or degenerate) as people and family, which is what OSC is best at.

Favorite quotes:

"Oh, you didn't think it was sweet of them to let us take our time about deciding whether to do the inevitable? Rather like givi
Mar 24, 2014 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zoe Cannon
I really don't think I can give this book a star rating. I read this entire book through two sets of eyes: the eyes of the twelve-year-old me who first read it, who enjoyed the soap-opera-esque story and the evolution of the characters, and the eyes of the adult me, who went through the entire book with eyebrows raised at the justifications of sexism and the constant refrain of, "Getting married and having lots of babies is the only worthwhile endeavor in life!" I did not remember that aspect of ...more
Mel Windham
Jul 14, 2014 Mel Windham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2007 Omly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2016 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cuando termine de leer este libro, me di cuenta que le había tomado cariño a esta saga. Creo que es el hecho de que es una historia puramente de ciencia ficción. Así de simple. Nada de complicaciones a la hora de leer ni una historia rebuscada. Disfrute muchísimo de la lectura por ese hecho, pero a la vez existe un factor de aventura / supervivencia que se le agrega durante la etapa de viaje durante el desierto que, en mi opinión, le suma más intensidad a la historia. Además me parece que este f
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
Sep 15, 2013 Misha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
There were some or at least one really uncomfortable section(s) in this book and I'm not talking about the passages of conflict or "will they or won't they??" I'm talking about a, well, rather long and drawn out scene that focuses on Zdorab. When you take this section, knowing Card's later oh so public views, but that at this time generally seemed less obvious or virulent, it's, well, it was rough for me.

I guess if you want to, you can take a gander at link and read what someone else who proba
Mar 30, 2009 Jadie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chip Hunter
Dec 31, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the reader doesn't really get to experience the actual ships of Earth in this book, it is still really enjoyable. The character interactions in this one are absolutely wonderful, providing realistic representations of human emotion and thought patterns.
The story itself is really good too. With such a misfit group of people thrown together, you'd expect a lot of drama. Well, you won't be disappointed because this book contains a rediculous amount of plotting and planning by two-faced people
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
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
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
Feb 24, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mukta Mohapatra
Oct 20, 2010 Mukta Mohapatra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rita Webb
Apr 08, 2009 Rita Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, read-in-2009
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
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