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Orson Scott Card's 1978 classic, A Planet Called Treason -- about a remote world populated by the offspring of political exiles and rebels -- is once again in print, this time in an extensively revised and expanded novel retitled Treason.
On a planet whose one immense landmass is divided into realms ruled by Families, Lanik Mueller is the heir to one of Treason's most powerful states. But when he is diagnosed as being a radical regenerative -- a person whose body is forever growing random body parts -- he is saved from death by his father and sent halfway around the globe on a treacherous top-secret mission. On a world lacking any hard metals, the only way to acquire iron is to trade something of value with mechanical liaisons left behind on the planet by the Republic, the government that stranded their forefathers centuries earlier. The Family Mueller, whose offspring can heal practically any wound and regenerate lost flesh, trade extra body parts for the precious metal. But another Family is suddenly iron rich, and when Lanik sets off to find out how, he unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will transform him from a monster into a god…
Although A Planet Called Treason was only Card's second published novel -- he has gone on to write dozens of award-winning science fiction and fantasy novels like Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, the Alvin Maker saga, et al. -- it still remains one of his most memorable and moving works. This revised and expanded edition is so much more than a classic unearthed -- it's a godsend. Failing to read this reworked science fiction masterpiece would be, well, treasonous. Paul Goat Allen