Xenocide is the third book in the Ender series by Orson Scott Card.  Ender’s Game was amazing, and Speaker for the Dead was brilliant on multiple levels.  While I don’t believe that Xenocide is quite as good as the first two books, it’s still worth reading.

Book Stats

592 pages

Science Fiction

3rd book of the Ender series (sequel to to Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead)


The book focuses on several characters including Ender, Miro, and Ela from the second book.  The most interesting character new to this book is Si Wang-mu, who works as a servant for Han Quing-jao and her father Han Fei-tzu.  Wang-mu is an incredibly intelligent servant who lives on the colony of Path.  Quing-jao and Fei-tzu are both godspoken, people who hear the voices of the gods and have to perform purification rituals to appease the gods.


The book takes place on Lusitania similar to the second book, but half of the book also takes place on Path.  Path is not explored very well other than the people of path are of chinese descent.  Most of the storyline on Path deals with Quing-jao, Wang-mu, and Fei-tzu in their house.


The overall plot deals with Ender and colleagues trying to prevent the destruction of Lusitania which would kill the colonists there as well as the pequeninos and the buggers.  The plot also deals with curing the godspoken of Path.  The characters are all interesting, although they don’t change much throughout the book, they are all very well written.


The book was well written, and poses some very interesting moral questions throughout.  But while I enjoyed the book, it just wasn’t as good as the first two Ender books.  The climax was interesting and worked within the framework of the book, but wasn’t the most groundbreaking.  The first book in the series stood alone on its own very well.  The second, while a sequel to the first, also stands on its own very well.  This book is well written but it seems like the climax of this book is mostly in place to set up the next book in the Ender series (which I will read eventually).

Overall Grade

Not quite as self-contained as the other Ender books, but still a book I would suggest people read.