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The Call of Earth

(Homecoming Saga #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  11,093 ratings  ·  185 reviews
As Harmony's Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. His name is Moozh, and he has won control of an army using forbidden technology. now he is aiming his soldiers at the city of Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plain.Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop a army. Can Rasa and her allies defe ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 15th 1994 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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Travis Bow
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Slow start, great finish... another character, idea, and theology study with just enough story in it to be readable and interesting.

There was one great dialogue that I thought was pretty thought provoking regarding belief in God. Which of the following is belief in God?
A) just a choice: based on preference rather than evidence
B) an undeniable fact: the only way to possibly explain the evidence
C) a deniable but probable fact (like a scientific theory): the most likely way to explain the evidence
Rita Webb
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, read-in-2009
Orson Scott Card has managed to do what Robert Jordan could not: he develops a world, characters, history, politics and blends it all together so seamlessly that you forget that it is just a story.

Like Robert Jordan's books, the cast has grown and the world has become more intricate in its politics and deeper in its culture, but unlike Jordan, Card pulls it all together. As a writer, I just shake my head with my mouth hanging open. How did he do it?

In The Call of Earth, the Oversoul realizes tha
Celeste Batchelor
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read this book because a person I mentor was reading it and I felt I needed to keep up with them and discuss it. I definitely WILL NOT be reading any more. I am thoroughly disgusted with this author using a story from scripture with such vulgarity.

I discussed with my mentee why I will not be reading any more of this series. It was a good discussion about choosing good classics vs. something others are raving about that may not fit with our personal goals.

NOTE TO PARENTS: This book contains m
Jun 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first installment in this series many years ago, and I’ve had this one in reserve on my hard drive for years, savoring and anticipating what I was sure would be a great experience. I came away largely disappointed and questioning whether I want to continue with the series.

This is a hard review to write. This entire Homecoming series is loosely based on the First Book of Nephi, which is one of 15 books that comprise The Book of Mormon. I cannot stress hard enough the importance of the
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
That didn't end up going at all where I thought it was going. It was a good read, but not great.

General Moozh was my favourite character for being so different from all the others, but perhaps he wasn't so different after all. There was a definite ending to some of the storylines, but I can see how others will continue in the next book, and I'm not sure I'll find it as enjoyable, but we shall see! Honestly these 300 pages could have been 100 - in the sense of it reading very quickly, an
Mel Windham
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This second book of the series tells the story of what comes next. Nafai and his brothers must go back to their old city and bring back wives for their upcoming journey. Eventually they must find their way to Earth, where humanity began, and repopulate it.

In many respects, I found this book to be better than its predecessor. Orson Scott Card spends less time relying on the "Book of Mormon" and much more time fleshing out the characters. He even introduces new major characters that have no parall
Jun 23, 2010 added it
Shelves: stopped-reading
I really did not like the story. I had to stop reading it. The series is just a fantastical account of the Book Mormon stories. Not my thing, even though Card is an amazing author. He should stick to more "Ender" books. ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being the second book in the series, I was afraid it will be less interesting. Fortunately, my bias was wrong! The characters are developed even more, both good and evil are present in all of them.
David Ryan
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not going to continue the series - got too bogged down for me
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
(This is a quick note of my thoughts on the book; nothing formal)

This book wasn't a big improvement on the last one, if at all. Well, to give Card some credit, he made sure there was appropriate chaos and conflict following the (oh so convenient) death of Gaballufix in Book 1. At least it was realistic in that he shows how there are consequences to every action. However, the politics in the book (concerning Basilica) are still way to simplistic and have some faults. Also, the story hasn't really
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Card's world building on Harmony continues in his second book of the Homecoming series. The Call of Earth starts immediately where The Memory of Earth left off. Basilica, the city of women, is breaking with Wetchik in his self exile, Gaballufix's death at the hands of Nafai, and Gaballufix's militia beginning to rebel against an order that has been in the city for centuries. Along comes a "hero" who is there to clam this storm but really to make Basilica his own.

In this book the main character o
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This parts of the Homecoming story explores the dynamics of marriage and sex in a society that is run by women. It is barely science fiction. It reminds me a little of Ursula Le Guin, except Le Guin is much more obvious and usually stretches the boundaries of relationships even more.

This story sends our group back to the the city of Bascilica to find wives. That is an interesting challenge because the marriage customs in the city are to be married for one year at a time. This mission to find wiv
Steven Brandt
Mankind fled the Earth after finally destroying it with their weapons of mass destruction. The few humans left after the holocaust vowed never to let their species develop the ability to destroy itself again. And so, when they colonized the planet Harmony, some 1000 light years from Earth, they built a super-intelligent computer, calling it the Oversoul, to watch over their descendants. For almost 40 million years the Oversoul did what it was programmed to do, guiding humanity and always steerin ...more
Rachel Giffin
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I try to give every book I read the benefit of the doubt. This book was actually recommended to a friend to thought I'd like it, so I read it to be polite. That being said, I wouldn't have finished it except someone else asked me to read it.

Card has definitely written better stories. This one was just weird - the society was weird, the characters were weird, the plot was weird. I couldn't stop squirming as I read it. It was not enjoyable. I don't even remember what the book was about because I
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 rounded up to a four because I couldn't give this three...

Why do I love this series so much yet also... find it hard to love? This is only book two, though I will probably read the rest of these books this month. Orson Scott Card has created such a cool planet. Basilica is my favorite fictional city I have ever read about and the characters... they're so deep and engrossing. I love the traditions in this book, the dialogue, and the humour.

I really don't know how to properly talk about this
Will Hudson
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great addition to this world that Card created. He is very good at creating characters that you either love or despise, with a few thrown in that live in the grey areas of life. You get into these characters and feel for them. You may not always understand their motivations, but you see where they are coming from. It's easy to see Scott's religious influence in this store more so than say Ender's game. I know that turns off a lot of people, but it doesn't bother me. I firmly believe that ...more
Steve R
The second volume in Card's Homcoming series about the events on planet Harmony. Macropolitical struggles between different cities are matched by micropersonal intrigues, principally centering on who is to marry whom, while the overarching problems of the decline of the Oversoul program casts an ominous shadow over the future of these people and their planet. Again, engaging espcially in terms of his characterizations, and supposedly based on the early historyu of the Mormons in western America. ...more
Cynthia Craig
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I mostly feel the same way about this book as I did the first in the series, so I'm not going to write a complete review. It's a good enough story, but only if you don't focus on the weird religious implications like the fact that many people actually DO think an invisible, all-knowing being sends messages to them. The story would fit right in with the Old Testament....just with computers and satellites and hover-chairs added. Oh, and there is an ick factor involving child marriage. ...more
Laura Mada
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
While it is still a great book, it's definitely not as intense as the first book of the series. There are some twists and turns that you end up expecting. However, OSC made sure to leave some food for thought. In my case, this refers to the giant rats and the flying monkeys. Looking forward to reading the sequel! ...more
Ian McGaffey
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another great book by Orson Scott Card. I am enjoying how the story is complete but still very obviously part of a larger story arc. It makes it feel like the book shouldn't be over and makes you want to jump to the next novel right away. The citizens of Basillica continue their journey towards destruction while the over soul works to save humanity from itself. ...more
Florin Constantinescu
I'm still holding my breath for the cool action that was promised in The Memory of Earth to begin. Or the characters to undergo something profound.
It's not happened yet. Oh well, maybe in the next book.
Forest Handford
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book - OSC has done it again. This book is truly one of the best book's I have ever read. If you liked Ender's Game then you should like this as well. In a way there are parallels between Ender and Nafai. ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-tape
So...I didn't listen to the first part, but it was still entertaining enough...big picture revalations inserted fairly regularly into a decent plot.

Enjoyable enough to listen to, but I won't be looking for more, and happy not to have read it.
Andrew L Tilford PT
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked it, better than the first book. The author has a way of writing that is thought provoking. I prefer action in a book, but sometimes character development is a pleasant change. I will read the next book mainly to see how it ends, and I love space travel books.
Lisa Reising
Just when I thought I might be done with this series, that ending! Actually it's fairly entertaining, and the characters stick in the mind, even though some are rather predictable. Now I have to find out what happens next. ...more
David Sanders
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing spectacular but good enough to keep my interest.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well I am a big fan of Orson Scott Card, so I might be a bit biased. This was nothing like I expected from him but I enjoyed the story. If you like his other work then this is worth a try.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Reasonably entertaining and thought provoking. Interesting concepts laced with pretty typical sub-plots.
Ellen Hanegan-Cruse
This is a good book - sequel to volume 1

I really liked the character development but did not like the abrupt ending of this book nor the way it was told in an epilogue.
C. Mills
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
There were so many unpronouncible names that I soon gave up. Perhaps other readers don't hear the names in their heads, but I need to know and be able to pronounce character names. ...more
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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 Th

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Homecoming Saga (5 books)
  • The Memory of Earth (Homecoming, #1)
  • The Ships of Earth (Homecoming Saga #3)
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