|Title: Speaker for the Dead
Author: Orson Scott Card
# pages: 382
Date read: July, 2007
Summary: 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.
Review: Orson Scott Card himself thinks that this sequel to "Ender's Game" is superior to the first. In fact, "Ender's Game" wasn't even a novel at first, it was merely a short story that had to be expanded into a novel to serve as a prequel to "Speaker for the Dead". As much as I respect his writing abilities, I can't agree with him on this. "Ender's Game" is - IMHO - by far the better of the two both in terms of plots and characterizations. But as you can see from the rating, that doesn't mean that this book isn't great too. I had sever difficulties putting it down once I got into it, and am already keeping a look out for the 3rd and 4th books of the Ender series.