Orson Scott Card, Author Tor Books $22.95 (350p) ISBN 978-0-312-93039-4
The fourth and penultimate book in Card's Homecoming Saga carries the travelers from the planet Harmony back to Earth at last--the first humans to set foot there in 40 million years. The journey through space intensifies the strife between Nafai, leader of the expedition chosen by the Oversoul (Harmony's master computer), and his brother Elemak, which erupts again into violence midway through the voyage. Nafai's Oversoul-given powers and the obvious futility of a rebellion in deep space force a renewed truce, but hostilities continue to simmer as the travelers reach Earth. As the humans establish a colony, they must make peace with two sentient species, evolved in humankind's absence, which live in a constant state of enmity. This action-packed, plot-rich installment features Card's typical virtues--well-drawn characters and a story driven by complex moral issues. As the narrative pace accelerates, however, the later episodes fragment and characters fade into the background. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
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