Speaker for the Dead is the best book I have read all year bar none. If there was a book that I could say encloses all that is Science Fiction and Sci-Fi in one book this is it, or probably more accurately the Enders Game/Speaker for the Dead duo is it. Between the two, man that’s some ride. Unlike Enders game there is no big twist, it sets up a situation then patiently through Ender Wiggin pulls it apart until we the reader understands it as well as he does. Along the way we are asked some uncomfortable questions of ourselves, how do we see ourselves, how do we see others and how do we see truth. It will be a good while before I read a book that tops it.
Regardless of what you think of the Author, Orson Scott Card can tell a heck of a tale.