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Las naves de la Tierra

(Homecoming Saga #3)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  9,726 ratings  ·  142 reviews
El planeta Armonía, colonizado por humanos hace casi cuarenta millones de años, ha estado siempre bajo el cuidado de una inteligencia artificial: el Alma Suprema, el ordenador que todo lo sabe y todo lo protege. Pero el Alma Suprema ha envejecido y está debil. Debe volver a la lejana Tierra para recabar la ayuda del Guardián.
Nafai y su familia, los elegidos del Alma
Paperback, NOVA, 368 pages
Published June 1995 by Ediciones B (first published 1994)
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I described Book 1 of this series as a sci-fi fantasy blend with interesting worldbuilding and characters. Unfortunately from there it seems to have gone downhill for me.
Book 2 was different, with a few additional interesting characters and a quick read, but book 3 from the start was slower paced, and had a smaller cast of characters. The same characters again and again grew draining, but I persisted, hoping the story might pick up.
It didn't. Sure the characters got from location A t
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!
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
In this third book of Card’s Homecoming saga, Nafai, his brothers, and their recently acquired wives leave behind their possessions in the city of Basilica and travel for years in the desert in search of a space port wherein lie ancient ships that brought colonists to Harmony from Earth 40 million years earlier. The computer known as Oversoul, which has regulated life on Harmony for millions of years, is breaking. It needs to return to the Keeper of Earth for repair, and it has chosen Nafai and ...more
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
Steve R
The third novel in Card's excellent 'Homecoming' Sage involves the story of the inhabitants of Harmony who have left their home planet and are travelling on the conveyances of the title (named Basilica) to a new home. Social changes (patriarchy replacing matriarchy, lifelong monogamy replacing yearlong contracts) create tensions, a large part of which are presented in the struggles between Nafai and Elemak, who disagree about the importance of the Oversoul and the destiny of their people. Suppos ...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
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 i
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 bet
not as good as I was hoping based on his other books. I'm losing interest in the characters. also found too many characters that had been more important in the story before just background characters in this book.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Interesting series to listen to during the commute, not exciting but interesting.
Florin Constantinescu
The rate of reading has slowed down. I'm starting to get suspicious by this book #3. Will something cool EVER happen? Coz it's not happened yet.
Oh well, maybe in the next book.
Ian McGaffey
This story was engaging, but also moved fairly slowly. I still enjoyed the read and look forward to the conclusion.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the plot seems to be moving (FINALLY), somehow, everything is so boring! :(
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-boldly-go
No one does sibling rivalry and enmity (or, to be fair, love and affinity) like Card.
Steven Brandt
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.
Mark Sanchez
Apr 24, 2010 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
Jun 22, 2014 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 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
Travis Bow
May 04, 2013 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/>
Mar 24, 2014 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 th ...more
Mel Windham
Jul 14, 2014 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
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 i
Sep 15, 2013 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
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
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.

Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry(Stone(Magic

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Homecoming Saga (5 books)
  • The Memory of Earth (Homecoming, #1)
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