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Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
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Children of the Mind (1996)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's Game (4), Ender's Game: Extended (8)

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OK, I'll admit it: I was liking this book by the end. Very satisfying conclusion. But I never could quite accept all the different facets of the book's weirdness, so I couldn't connect with the story fully. ( )
  AngelClaw | May 15, 2019 |
At a certain point in the previous book, Xenocide, Card crossed from credible, philosophically inspired science fiction into the realm of magic and feelings. I personally do not care for this transition.

By magic I mean the less than credible science about "going outside" to travel faster than the speed of light and Ender's ability to inadvertently create living flesh offspring while outside. This offspring, the so called children of the mind, ghosts of the past from Ender's childhood in the form of his older brother and sister Peter and Valentine as he remembers them from teenage years, is the subject of this book.

Both young Val and Peter are trying to save the colony of Lusitania and the three sentient species living there. Each has their own angle - Peter and Wang-Mu are travelling around the galaxy trying to persuade influential people to lean on Starway Congress and stop the fleet that is on its way to obliterate the colony, while Val and Miro are trying to find habitable planets to ensure the survival of the species. Perhaps they can find the creators of the descolada virus as well and see why they've made it and what they are like. Meanwhile, Ender is deciding what role his own life should play now that his soul is inhabiting two other beings...

Now all this, coupled with the impending doom of the colony and the possible demise of Jane, is fairly interesting, hence the three stars. Unfortunately, however, Card focuses more on romantic relationships between these couples, feelings, family history and domestic problems, obscuring the political and philosophical implications of what is going on. It is why it was curious to me that in the afterword he called Children of the Mind his most philosophical book of all. Perhaps I missed something. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
Really wish Card had done more with the Descoladores. ( )
  Daumari | Dec 30, 2017 |
It's true, what they say, about how this book is just an extension of xenocide in which card ditches his masterful storytelling and psychology to drone on about ethics and morality. no one wants that. no one. ( )
  jmilloy | Nov 8, 2017 |
The Conclusion to The Ender Quartet
  LanternLibrary | Sep 17, 2017 |
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Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Children of the Mind, fourth in the Ender series, is the conclusion of the story begun in the third book, Xenocide. The author unravels Ender's life and reweaves the threads into unexpected new patterns, including an apparent reincarnation of his threatening older brother, Peter, not to mention another "sister" Valentine. Multiple storylines entwine, as the threat of the Lusitania-bound fleet looms ever nearer. The self-aware computer, Jane, who has always been more than she seemed, faces death at human hands even as she approaches godhood. At the same time, the characters hurry to investigate the origins of the descolada virus before they lose their ability to travel instantaneously between the stars. There is plenty of action and romance to season the text's analyses of Japanese culture and the flux and ebb of civilizations. But does the author really mean to imply that Ender's wife literally bores him to death? --Brooks Peck

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The planet Lusitania is threatened with destruction by Starways Congress. With the help of the computer intelligence Jane, Ender must save the planet and its three species.

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