The Ender Quartet Box Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind (Ender Quintet Series)

The Ender Quartet Box Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind (Ender Quintet Series)

by Orson Scott Card

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Overview

This boxed set contains Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

Ender's Game

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Speaker for the Dead

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.

Xenocide

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

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

Children of the Mind

The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: the Pequeninos; a large colony of humans; and the Hive Queen, brought there by Ender. But once against the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765362438
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Ender Quintet Series
Edition description: Boxed Set
Pages: 1760
Sales rank: 32,457
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 4.20(d)

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers".

Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977—the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.

The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

Hometown:

Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington

Education:

B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Card's prose is powerful here, as is his consideration of mystical and quasi-religious themes. Though billed as the final Ender novel, this story leaves enough mysteries unexplored to justify another entry; and Card fans should find that possibility, like this novel, very welcome indeed."

—Publishers Weekly on Children of the Mind

“Orson Scott Card made a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer.”

The Houston Post on Xenocide

"There aren't too many recent sf novels we can confidently call truly moral works, but Speaker for the Dead is one. It's a completely gripping story." —The Toronto Star

"This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers—a major SF novel by any reasonable standard."

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The Ender Quartet Box Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
EchoMirage More than 1 year ago
I have read the first two books in this series. The characters are so well developed that you start to think of them as real people. The reactions of the characters to one another is realistic.

The plot line is dirrect, and draws you in until the last page. That only leaves you waiting to get your hands on the next book. I would recomend this series to any one, even those that are not Sci-Fi buffs. His insite into the human psyche is unmatched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the first on the series, ender's game, and it is an amazingly great book. I read it for school and couldn't put it down, if you like science fiction you'll love this book.
michaelthemad More than 1 year ago
The Quartet is well worth reading. It's appeal should extend beyond those interested in Science Fiction. The ideas explored through out the series are well worth considering. The books are very well written. Card is always in control of his material and its expression. Unlike a good deal of Sci-Fi, Card's entities are plausible and believable, sufficiently well rounded and complex to remain memorable. The first book, Ender's Game, is perhaps the best of the series. Highly original, it achieves its considerable impact from the consistent point of view utilized by Card, namely that of Wiggin himself who has limited knowledge. As he and the reader uncover what is really going on, the story gathers momentum and reaches a satisfying ending. The second book is also superb, with an intricate interweaving of species and ideas. The concept and title "speaker for the dead" is one of my favorites in the literature. The series does taper off slightly and i found the last book, while interesting, a bit of disappointment when done (much like Farmer's brilliant Riverworld series 3 decades ago) but the overall journey is certainly worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading science fiction books, so when I heard about the Ender series, I started to read them. I immediately fell in love with these books. They are everything a scifi series should be: interesting, romantic, adventurous, comical. They make the reader think, "could this ever really happen?" These books question the laws of science and physics as we know them. Although these are terrific books, this series does not tell a heart-warming story. In fact, some may find the books to be a little disturbing at times, but they truly tell a wonderful story. All in all, this is a must have for your science fiction book collection!
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Ender's game series is so good! The story and the characters keep you interested all the way through!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was what i wonted I wish it was in hard cover. my 9 year old son just started it and he cant seem to top reading the books. its fun reading for him and he does not even wont to play his video games any more that's a good thing for any mom to see $ worth spent.
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Card's "Ender" series are the ultimate classic. Everyone who loves sifi should have them in their library. Everyone who doesn't normally reach for sifi (such as myself) should read them. It's thrilling, engaging, full of imagination and somehow, still keeps things so real. This box set is nice when you want to collect the entire series...which you will after you finish reading the first book!
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