Speaker for the Dead

4th post from My Best Loved Books : Books that Change the Heart and Mind

A Favorite Quote: “When you really know somebody you can’t hate them. Or maybe it’s just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them.” – Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead


Speaker for the Dead written by Orson Scott Card

published by Tor Books in August 1994


In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told of 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

My take on it:

It’s hard to review this book without first telling you to read Ender’s Game! Speaker for the Dead is the 2nd book in the Ender’s Quintet. The first 2 books are my favorites. Maybe you recall that Ender’s Game was recently made into a movie? The movie was fine, but like they say, “don’t judge a book by its movie”…. they do say that right? Well if not, they should! There is so much content and detail in books that you can never add to the movie, but I digress. Maybe that is a topic for another time.

***There may be a minimal spoiler for the 1st book in this review***

Speaker for the Dead is an amazing story about truth. In this story a speaker for the dead is called upon to discover and tell the truth of the life of someone that has passed on. The truth is not always pretty and it can be  painful to those left behind, but it can also heal. Ender Wiggins knows better than anyone the importance of telling the story of the dead, especially after experiencing first hand the guilt that comes from being the key soldier in the defeat and complete annihilation of a species in the Bugger War against earth. I loved the way this story takes the reader through the lives of a family on the brink of self destruction all while striving to learn from and help a new alien species that has been discovered. It was a very touching story with a beautiful ending.


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