It was nice to see Ender all grown-up and dealing with a universe he helped to create and his status in it.
Hundreds of years have passed since EnderIt was nice to see Ender all grown-up and dealing with a universe he helped to create and his status in it.
Hundreds of years have passed since Ender defeated the Buggers and destroyed their homeworld. Where once he was regarded as humanity's saviour, now he is seen as history's greatest monster. Killing the Buggers is now referred to as the Xenocide.
Thankfully for Ender, most people assume he died off long ago, and aren't aware he has lived for centuries because of the relativistic effects of traveling to different worlds by lightspeed. Hidden by the centuries and cloaked in the mantle of a 'Speaker for the Dead' Ender travels between worlds telling the truth about the lives of those who have died.
A lot of this book seems to be a counter-point to some of the criticism and controversy surrounding Ender's Game. Is there redemption for people who've committed heinous acts? What is the cost of survival vs. extinction? How do we co-exist with beings alien to our understanding?
The answer to these questions, as far as Speaker of the Dead is concerned is that truth and understanding are the only ways to free yourself from the past and move forward....more