I love how Card can weave the intricate web of a story.
This is exactly what he does in book two of the Homecoming series.
Before you even have made it halfway through this story, you know without a doubt that all of these characters are connected; not only because they're in the same city, but because the Oversoul has brought them together.
I think this book comes in at a close second (in terms of overall quality) to the first in the series, in my opinion.
In this book, you begin to hear a different side to all of the main characters in this story, mainly all of the women (Rasa, Hushiduh, Luet, Kokor, Sevet and Shedemei). Sadly, Eiadh is left out and you're only re-introduced to her once she **spoiler alert** marries Elemak.
You also become familiar more so with Nafai and his relationship with his oldest brother, Elemak. You begin to hear a lot more of Elemak's thoughts and you become more aquainted with the anger he holds in his heart for Nafai.
If you want to read a book that touches not only on the basic morality of humanity, but also applies itself to a lot of the social issues we have today, go ahead and read this book. It was very good.
"The Call of Earth" continues the story of Nafai, his family, and the few other people selected by the Oversoul to leave the city of Basilica, and their former lives.
When the human refugees from a ruined Earth founded a colony on the planet Harmony, they determined that this would would not be devastated by the endless cycle of vicious warfare that had characterized human life from the beginning.
They didn't try to change human nature. Instead they installed a powerful computer, called the Oversoul, and gave it the task of governing human affairs by subtly influencing human minds. That was millions of years ago. Now the Oversoul is growing weak, breaking down. It must be returned to Earth, to the master computer called the Keeper of Earth, to be repaired. The Oversoul must have human help to make that journey.
But as the Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen, stronger, smarter perhaps, than Nafai and his allies. His name is Moozh, and he is deliberately flouting the will of the Oversoul. He has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers straight at Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plains.
Who will stop him? Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons, Nafai and Issib, Elemak and Mebbekew, are not strong enough to resist alone. Can Rasa and her allies defeat him through intrigue, or will Moozh take the city and all who are in it?
And meanwhile, in their dreams, the most sensitive people of the planet Harmony hear the call of the Keeper of Earth.
As Harmony's Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. His name is Moozh, and he has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers at the city of Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plain.
Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop an army. Can Rasa and her allies defeat him through intrigue, or will Moozh take the city and all who are in it?