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Earthfall (Homecoming Saga #4)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  8,407 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
The Oversoul of the colony planet Harmony selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now grown to a tribe in the years of their journey to Harmony's hidden starport, they are ready at last to take a ship to the stars. But from the beginning there has been a bitter dispute between Nafai and Elemak, Wetchik's youngest son and his oldest.
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Published May 1st 2009 by Playaway (first published 1995)
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Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked the rest of the "Homecoming" series novels
Although many reviews have said that this entire series is sort of a different way of exploring the Book of Mormon, I know very little about Mormon parables or beliefs so I had nothing to compare these books to in that regard.

My primary thoughts on this: I think Book 4, Earthfall, was the most interesting book of the whole series so far. I was disappointed that the primary antagonist was not punished in some way for being so murderous and sneaky, but then I guess there wouldn't have been a stor
Jacob Sievers
I was a bit disappointed after finishing the 3rd book in this series, The Ships of Earth, as I felt I was really reading a story that was turning into just a complex family drama rather than a science fiction saga which is what it seemed to have been billed as. A handful of characters had been added to the story for reasons I couldn't really understand other than to just expand the family dynamic.

However, with this book my opinion of the story changed, and I ended up really enjoying the ride on
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just. I love the moments in this book that pierce to my little moral heart. In one chapter Card had me crying, angry, hateful and then resolved me to forgiving, pity and a ironic chuckle. This is a great example of a story that moves you instead of manipulating you.

I love the way Card takes animals that society shuns and makes them into Fellow Men we grow to love.

Pg: 178
"Better to have the trust of the people than their respect. With trust, their respect could be earned later; without it, res
May 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The third book started off great, but by the time I was knee deep in the book it was getting repetitive, and not branching out to knew obstacles. I was a little disappointed after reading the other books.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This should have ended the series, pretty good moment to tie all the loose ends, finish agony of the characters who just are wicked and should have been cannon fodder aGoT style. But no, same situations, same face offs, little bit new info, but not enough.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed the theory of the saga, I was tired by the time I reached this book.
Laura Mada
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th installment of Homecoming Saga was more to my liking than the previous 2.
Finally, we find out who/what the creatures from the dreams sent by the Keeper of the Earth are. The scientific explanations for their genetically altered evolutions are somehow expected, though. And the way things are wrapped up (the decisions the human make) seem kind of rushed.
Nevertheless, the thought process is interesting to follow, as is the way in which the three civilisations interact.
I was sorry to see
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The colony of people who have returned to earth from the planet Harmony settle into live on earth again. They meet two new races of 'people', the diggers (devils) and the angels (sky meat). This story explores the way a fraction happens among the original settlers of earth. The discovery of the new species was interesting. The act of learning to communicate with the new species was fun to watch.

The story builds to an exciting confrontation and the two sides of the group are split when Volemak f
Florin Constantinescu
Oh no, by book #4 I am almost certain nothing cool will EVER happen in this book series.
The characters continue to travel and travel and travel and talk and talk and talk.
Still having hopes for the grand finale #5 though...
Reading again 2017 SEP 23
Cynthia Craig
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was my favorite book in the series. Orson Scott Card's novels are best when he is creating sentient species with complex cultures and mechanisms for survival.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite of the Homecoming series. I haven't read book 5 yet, but I feel like the series could and should have ended with this book.
Forest Handford
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful! - I didn't expect so much suspense to be in a book about a long trip to Earth. It's an excellent book and adds great detail in the next generation characters.
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
40 million years ago mankind was forced to flee the planet Earth as a result of their own shortsightedness. Those few who survived vowed never to let their descendants repeat the mistakes of the past so they created the Oversoul, a sophisticated AI programmed to watch over mankind on their new world, Harmony. When the time was right, the Oversoul was designed to lead the humans back to their ancient home world. That time has finally come and the Oversoul carefully selects the family of Wetchik t ...more
Nola Redd
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Card fans
Recommended to Nola by: Card
For some reason, this is the only book in the Homecoming series I don't own, so I'm finally getting around to reading it. If you're LDS, you'll know the story - family on a ship headed to promised land, older bro gets mad and ties up younger bro, chaos of a "storm" until older bro relents. A little more science fiction than the story we know and love, but very enjoyable.

This is the first time we get to see the animals from the Keeper of the Earth's dreams, and I'm sorry, but they bug me. I know
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
2.5 stars.

Fourth part of the Homecoming series, more a mish-mash of various themes than the previous ones, not in a positive way; still ok+.

It was already pretty tiresome to see the same old family antagonisms played out once again, this time just on a spaceship and in the earth colony. Nothing had changed in that department. Elemak and his toadies are basically the same as in the first book, and Nafai & co. are the same as well. (view spoiler)
Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
In "Earthfall," the rather biblical-feeling, constantly bickering, occasionally even murderous clan of Rasa and The Wetchick finally makes it to Earth, 40 million years in our future when all humans are long gone and two new sentient species are trying to fill their ecological niche.
A few things stuck out to me as I read this second-to-last book in the series:
1) Card's books will never be made into movies. They don't deal with the right subject matter. Even in a plot where a couple of dozen so
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book tells of several families who are chosen by the Oversoul to travel on a starship back to earth. The Oversoul is a massive computer who tries to guide humans so that they don't all kill each other off in nuclear war or similar.
Parts that I liked from this book:
1. Character motives -- Card always does a good job of giving characters convincing backstories, motives, and unique thoughts.
2. The power play -- How do wicked and good men rise to power? What immediate benefits does not having
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in May 1998.

This is the fourth and final volume of Card's Homecoming series. The story of the series is that of one of earth's colonies, which has a satellite put up by the original, pacifist, colonisers to monitor the community and ensure that no technology capable of mass destruction is developed. It has the ability to influence the minds of the people on the world below it to ensure this happens. After forty million years, the satellite is beginning to wea
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Hasta el momento es el libro que más me gusto de la serie por varias razones. Primero y principal, toda la historia tiene como eje central un viaje de 100 años por el espacio, y la historia no comprende solamente el viaje sino también las preparaciones y la colonización de la zona de aterrizaje. Todo esto hace en mi opinión una historia excelente de ciencia ficción. A la vez se le agrega el hecho de que todos los personajes se dividen en dos grupos claramente opuestos, y el hecho de que uno teng
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume remains enjoyable and the action picks up within the first couple of chapters. The Oversoul has commanded Nafai and those who follow him to set the cryogenic units in the starship to awaken them during the 100 year voyage to Earth so that the children who follow the Oversoul's will be adults by the time they reach their destination. Nafai, despite reservations about the morality of putting his family and children so far in advance of the rebellious group led by Elemak, chooses to ob ...more
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earthfall (1995) 370 pages by Orson Scott Card

The fourth book in the homecoming series. The book picks up where The Ships of Earth left off. The group is on the starship headed back to Earth, meanwhile we get glimpses of the two sentient species that have risen since the humans left. Hints from the previous books are coming to fruition.

The whole four books have been this constant struggle between Nafai, the obvious protagonist, and Elemak. Not that Elemak is evil, he wants to be the leader and h
Mar 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: softscifi
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful!

I absolutely adore this series. After I'd read it several times (and loved every second) I found out that there are strong storyline ties to the Book of Mormon. Even so, it's a great story, great characters, great plot... great everything! It really makes you think about what we value in this world. My favorite quote is when one of the characters is talking about killing another sentient species. The patriarch, Volemak, tells him he should not go hunting them. The
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe how much I've enjoyed this series. When I was halfway through book 2 I heard it was based on Mormonism and admittedly my interest was challenged. Not that I have anything against Mormons in general, I just don't have much patience for religious writings.(If anyone ever tells you the Christian Bible is a good read, go running in the opposite direction...yawn)
Anyway, this series has held my interest and by the ending of book 4 it is becoming compulsive reading. Even though I've ne
This book was better than The Ships of Earth , but again I feel as if five books was a bit much for this story. It could easily have been split into two separate trilogies, but it wasn’t so we get the somewhat disjointed story through the first four novels and what appears to be a fifth book which may be completely unrelated.

Roughly half of this novel takes place on the spaceship Basillica, named after their abandoned town, and Nefai and Luet have proceeded to follow the Overlord’s plans and ha
Chip Hunter
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, just like all the others in this series, is great for many reasons, but what I especially liked about this particular one was the greater role played by the angels and the diggers. In getting to know the digger/angel people (particualarly Pto and Poto) on a personal level, a whole new demension is added to the story. All of the original characters continue to act just like you'd expect them to, so something new was needed and Card provided it with the introduction of the angels and di ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computers
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Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was just as fantastic, imaginative, enlightening, and provocative as the preceding three in the series "Homecoming" if not more-so. The book continues to follow the family of Wetchik but this time through the stars as they pioneer their way from their home planet Harmony to Earth- the planet of their ancestors. The book is riveting in its story-telling and leaves no stone unturned when dealing with the characters inner emotions, thoughts, motives, and especially turmoil. It explores all ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi buffs
Recommended to Darlene by: Tom Smith, Yvensong
This is interesting, but not my favorite. I expected, by it being part of Ender's quartet, to see more of Ender. I am sad that I haven't seen any of the characters set up in the first couple of books. Where'd they go? Even still I am anxious to start the next book. We'll see how long I can hold off. I do have a mountain of reads waiting for me.

Oh, for those who get this on Kindle, there are a lot of typos. I don't know if it is that way in the paper or hardbacks. VERY distracting!

When I had a
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of the speaker for the dead/xenocide/children of the mind trilogy much more than the previous 3 books. I admit I thoroughly enjoyed not only the book, but seeing how Card made the multiple themes weave together.

Other reviewers have complained that Card "copies" the Book of Mormon. While I see the similarities, it is less in the story than in the underlying relationships with individuals. Card's best books are written in layers, and this is the book where the deeper layers re
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