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Xenocide
The Ender Quintet Book #3 of 5
Author: Orson Scott Card

Book Info

Published on June 15, 1991
Age Group: 12 - 18 years
Reading Level: AR: 6.3 (29.0 Points, Quiz #28452)
GLE: 8.8
Lexile® measure: 890L

Summary:
The war for survival of the planet Lusitania will be fought in the heart of a child named Gloriously Bright.

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.

Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to become adults. The Startways Congress so fears the effects of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way, a second xenocide seems inevitable.

Xenocide is the third novel in Orson Scott Card's Ender Quintet.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):


[Chapter 1]







Han Fei-tzu sat in lotus position on the bare wooden floor beside his wife's sickbed. Until a moment ago he might have been sleeping; he wasn't sure. But now he was aware of the slight change in her breathing, a change as subtle as the wind from a butterfly's passing.

Jiang-qing, for her part, must also have detected some change in him, for she had not spoken before and now she did speak. Her voice was very soft. But Han Fei-tzu could hear her clearly, for the house was silent. He had asked his friends and servants for stillness during the dusk of Jiang-qing's life. Time enough for careless noise during the long night that was to come, when there would be no hushed words from her lips.

Back Cover:
THE WAR FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE PLANET LUSITANIA WILL BE FOUGHT IN THE HEART OF A CHILD NAMED GLORIOUSLY BRIGHT.

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together, where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.

But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to transform into adults. The Starways Congress so fears the effect of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way, and a second Xenocide seems inevitable.

Until the Fleet vanishes.

The task of discovering how the ships were made to disappear falls to Gloriously Bright, the most brilliant analytical mind in a world of people bred to superintelligence. There is little doubt that she can solve the puzzle; but will she choose life or death for the three races that live on Lusitania?

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