Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Dead

By Orson Scott Card

  • Release Date: 2009-11-30
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 1,870 Ratings


In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth. Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Ender Quintet, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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  • I haven’t read this yet but... the “piggies”

    By Van Canon
    You seriously couldn’t think of a better name what are they pig people or something, I don’t want to be rude and judge before I have read the book but I just had to say something, again sorry this is probably rude to judge before reading it but I am just say in’ that I think you could’ve thought of something better than “piggies”.
  • Quarantine Friendly

    By ShesImpeccable
    I laughed, I cried, I kept a dictionary handy because apparently, I don’t know everything. 🙃
  • Excellent start to Trilogy

    By GKevinD
  • Amazing

    By TMAC1977
    This book is amazing. It plays to a different tune than the first book, showcasing the social aspect more, whereas the original has a psychological theme.
  • New version no longer available after I paid for this quintet

    By Doxiesareawesome
    Will no longer be purchasing iBooks. Purchased this quintet only to find out that because a new version is available and the old one was removed that I will have to repurchase. Sticking good old fashioned books from now on.

    By Prophet Amos
    Ender’s Game was great, this was terrible. I am not going to read anymore of this Quintet. It was slow and boring. At the end - I was left with is that it!? Card should have put the foreign language in English, it made it confusing for no appaent reason, and not able to fully comprehend the dialogue. Possibly the worst book, I have ever read. I cannot understand the positive reviews for this book.
  • Love the series!

    By Tkewolf
    Love it!
  • A great second book

    By Fbiz6
    Speaker for the dead, as everyone who has read Ender's Game cover to cover knows, is centered around something, that occurred at the very end of the first book, the writing of the Hive Queen and the Hegemon. Ender takes the star role once again, this time not as the xenocide, but as The Speaker for the Dead. All in all there is significantly less action in comparison to the first book, but those who didn't read it for the action will be pleased to find there is no lack of philosophic matters. (For those looking for more action in the Enderverse, Might I recommend the Ender's Shadow series), All and all its a very dedicated sequel, and I will be reading the next as soon as I can get my hands on it.
  • Great!

    By Cameoli
    Great book, not as much action as there was in Enders game but still a great continuation!
  • Top 5 Books Ever

    By IReadCrap
    As the title says this is easily in my top 5 list of all time books. Orson Scott Card's original plan for this series didn't include Ender's Game. He only wrote that books because he realized that the series would be confusing without it. This book is wonderfully written and is the right mix of action and story. In ut OSC creates an amazing storyline where all the characters connect and flow well together. My favorite book(s) by OSC. The rest of the series Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind. The evolution of Ender's character is amazing and written beautifully. Wonderful work Orson Scott Card.