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

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  9,169 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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Paperback, 382 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Legend (first published 1994)
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Aug 28, 2010 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
Nov 04, 2007 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
Jul 18, 2009 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 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 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
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story continues a family on the quest to return from the planet Harmony to the planet Earth. This is a science fiction story, but only a little bit of scify is involved until the very end. The main part of this story covers the evolving relationships of a new colony, that starts out as 16 people. They original members all marry and begin to have children. One of the couples has a gay partner, but that is an interesting twist on the interpersonal relationships. The fascinating part is the str ...more
Cynthia Craig
Orson Scott Card confuses the hell out of me. He makes pretty much the best, most self-sacrificing, highly intelligent character gay and openly says it's because of that character's biology....and yet Orson Scott Card is a homophobic bigot in real life. And then OSC's whole approach to gender dynamics is that men naturally rule in times of hardship... but in many passages that's recognized as an unethical hierarchy and the women in the novel get pissed about it (rightfully so). AND THEN. Practic ...more
Dorian D-W
This was an extremely disappointing continuation of the Homecoming series.

After the political and interpersonal intrigue driving the first two books, the third opens by showcasing some of Card's worst writing habits. Moralizing and over-explanation abound, sprinkled with passages that read like middle school social studies essays. If you're going to expound upon your pet theories on psychology or sociology at least make the writing interesting!

Thankfully the book gets better after the first thir
Laura Mada
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time, the title gives away the ultimate goal that is set for the group we are following. But it's not until the very last chapter that the ships are actually discovered. In the meantime, we see groups and individuals interact, a new society being built, as well as a new generation beginning to step up and take its place alongside the old generation.
This instalment is still not as good as the first part, but the author continues to build characters and succeeds in keeping his readers interes
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Homecoming Saga (5 books)
  • The Memory of Earth (Homecoming, #1)
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