Anderson and Graff are back again, Shadow people no more, and are talking about stuffy stuff. Seems Graff was brought up on charges cause of those people that Ender brutally murdered AKA beat the living shit out of, but Graff beat that wrap and is now gonna head up colonization of the bugger planets cause we can’t leave that empty. It also appears that Valentine’s alter ego has up and quit and Peter’s alter ego is gonna be king of the world or something.
Ender is still up on Eros being freaked out at being a stone cold killa but not knowing that rap music is a thing that exists. All the Endercateers got to go home as heroes, but he had to stay because people would flip their shit over him. Valentine shows up and tells him that she arranged it with Peter that she and Ender would get to go away and be colonists or she would bring up evidence that Peter was a nutball wacko zero max dweebie Hitler motherfucker (I’m paraphrasing). So they go off, with Valentine writing the History of Stuff and Ender governing the new Earths.
One day a while after the colony is up and running, Ender and a small boy go out to look for a nice place for a new settlement. They run up on a familiar place, the place from the game where Ender killed the giant by going all wak-a-mole on its eyeball. Seems the buggers figured out that humans were cool and pulled the image from Ender’s mind so he would find it someday and maybe save them cause it turns out they were not so bad after all. Ender pulls out the last of the bug people and saves it until he can find a place to bring them back safely. Ender then uses the knowledge he received from the hive mind queen bug to be to start a new religion.
The giant bug people live on planets just like Earth? The planets that evolved big ass, hive minded bug people also has the same atmosphere and survivability as the planet that evolved the slightly big ass, talking monkeys? I do not buy it and the book makes no mention of terraforming so what the hell? Sorry, I know that should be in the questions, but that just bugged me. Pardon the pun.
The most horrific part of the story comes in this chapter. Let me set the scene: Valentine knows Peter is Psycho McHilterton. She has proof. Solid proof that she uses to threaten him with if Peter does not let her and Ender run off. So she runs off with Ender and leaves Peter in charge of the Earth. Valentine, the most empathetic, left Peter, voted most likely to burn the Earth to ashes by her and Ender, in charge of all the Earth. Yeah, I know nothing bad happens, but she did not know that nor does it seem that she cares. Regardless of what some folks say, people do change sometimes, especially when they get bored of ruling the Earth, start drinking and decide that Cuba would look better lit up like a nuclear Christmas Tree. I’m just saying, get far away and go ahead and send that email, Val. Take the power from the crazy person.
Now, let us discuss this whole “save the alien bug species” thing. This seems like a very bad idea. Who knows what they were thinking or if they are hiding something. They could be sending the “we knew you guys were cool too late, sorry bro” message but hiding the “as soon as we get our numbers and our spaceships back we’re gonna be dining on man flesh” thoughts. Ender seems really trusting with the bug people and after his PTSD experience I get it, but it seems like there would be more thought given to squishing the big bug baby.
- Seriously, big ass bug people planet okay for peoples?
- If your brother killed squirrels in a ritual fashion for fun, would you let him run anything bigger than a Lego castle?
- If you had termites and killed them all, would you raise a baby termite cause you found out they could think?
- It appears the bug people could see inside Ender’s mind. Why, do you think, did they not see what he was doing with the spaceships as he slaughtered their species?
- If the human race were being slaughtered by a twelve year old boy, do you think we would put our most important people on a spaceship and send them away or build the twelve year old’s dream and leave the important people in a cave there?