Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, the second book of Ender's Saga was really awesome!! I thought it had a completely different feel than Ender's Game, but it was just as compelling. This story takes place about 20 subjective years later than Ender's Game. Ender is in his 30's, but the rest of the worlds are about three thousand years into the future. He's still carrying around the hive queen cocoon and traveling around both speaking various people's deaths as a Speaker for the Dead, and trying to find a good place for the hive queen's next generation. He is asked to speak several deaths on a world called Lusitania. There is another native species living on this planet called the piggies. Political and cultural issues abound and things get all stirred up with Ender's arrival. At times I do think Ender's character is too perfect, but I also think that it's kind of the point. I did enjoy learning about the piggies and the things revealed about them toward the end of the story. Some of the things were predictable and some of them were not. I have to say, though, that I did not like Novinha's character at all. I'm reading Xenocide now, and I still don't like her. I don't believe that she loves her family enough to want to protect them from obvious harm that she could totally prevent. She also never tries to get to know them as their own people. I believe she feels like the harm that's done to her children is somehow a punishment for HER to make up for all of the things she's done in her past, so she lets it happen. She's kind of the worst. HOWEVER, I think I liked this book a little bit better even than Ender's Game, and I'm excited to read the rest of the series.