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Speaker for the Dead
The Ender Quintet Book #2 of 5
Author: Orson Scott Card

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Published on August 15, 1991
Age Group: 12 - 18 years
Reading Level: AR: 6.1 (21.0 Points, Quiz #28448)
GLE: 8.7
Lexile® measure: 850L

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.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
Since we are not yet fully comfortable with the idea that people from the next village are as human as ourselves, it is presumptuous in the extreme to suppose we could ever look at sociable, tool-making creatures who arose from other evolutionary paths and see not beasts but brothers, not rivals but fellow pilgrims journeying to the shrine of intelligence.
Yet that is what I see, or yearn to see. The difference between raman and varelse is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging. When we declare an alien species to be raman, it does not mean that
they have passed a threshold of moral maturity. It means that we have.
- ;Demosthenes,
Letter to the Framlings

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