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Children Of The Mind: Book 4 of the Ender Saga (The Ender Quartet series) [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card
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The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: the Pequeninos; a large colony of humans; and the Hive Queen, brought there by Ender. But once again the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania.

Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania. She has learned how to move ships outside the universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit. But it takes all the processing power available to her, and the Starways Congress is shutting down the Net, world by world. Soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Ender's children must save her if they are to save themselves.

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    Orson Scott Card's SF career began with Ender's Game, a 1977 story expanded into an acclaimed 1985 novel. Unwittingly responsible for xenocide--destruction of an alien species--while still a boy, Ender expiates his guilt on another world in Speaker for the Dead. This confronts humanity with a deadly alien-built virus whose elimination seems to demand another xenocide. The tense continuing story takes an extraordinary leap into magical metaphysics at the climax of Xenocide, of which Children of the Mind is in effect the second half. Though that virus is now defeated, this isn't believed: the planet-eating doomsday weapon still approaches. Ender's AI friend Jane, who inhabits the galactic net and is the only agency that can move spacecraft faster than light, is being killed by dismantling the net. Ender himself is fading, passing responsibility to strange young avatars of his dead brother and aging sister created from his memories in Xenocide. Even in the shadow of death there are grippingly argued political, philosophical and moral debates--plus bitter family quarrels. A master storyteller with a knack for showing painful human relationships, Card achieves almost unbearable suspense before resolving his complex tangle and finishing Ender's 3000-year story with a touching elegy. One dangling plot line suggests that Card may return again to this universe. Solid, high-quality SF despite some implausible science. --David Langford


    "Card's prose is powerful."--"Publishers Weekly""This is a worthy ending to what might be styled a saga of the ethical evolution of humanity, a concept seldom attempted before and never realized with the success Card achieved here."--"Booklist"

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 594 KB
    • Print Length: 400 pages
    • Publisher: Orbit (22 Sept. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005IYIAMI
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars This is the end, Beautiful friend. 29 Jan. 2008
    Children of the Mind, as you will know by now, is the final instalment of the Ender Saga. The first of the books ENDERS GAME was a top notch space opera adventure tale, a rights of passage story about child soldiers of the futures being trained to fight off an alien threat. Good drama pegged on interesting characters, funny and sad with more than a little bit of action weaved in to create an enthralling book.

    Then we got SPEAKER OF THE DEAD. The book that Card wanted to write but realised he had to begin at the beginning. A lot has been said about Card's Mormon faith and the fact that he is one of the very few writers of sci-fi who writes about families, the desperate needs and the unconditional love that they come with. The horror and the truly sublime are just different aspects of the same thing. The really interesting aspect of this novel for me was the way that someone with a devout faith chooses a character that, although it would be misleading to call atheist, treats organised religion with suspicion. As something that is perhaps needed by some but is not relevant to him. The main story is centred on a dysfunctional family who are helped by Ender to grieve and move on. A story that has more relevance to Ender himself.

    The next book picks up on the fact that XENOCIDE is potentially coming to this new planet and desperate measures are needed. I felt that Card begins to lose his way here and some of the ideas towards the end of this novel are plain and simple bonkers. That's not to say that the book's not worth reading as yet again he managed to create a lump in my throat at some of his trademark emotional moments...
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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing extraordinary 26 Aug. 2001
    By A Customer
    After reading the first three novels of the Ender Saga, this, as as the finale to the range, was rather dissapointing. Unlike the other books of the series, Ender Wiggin hardly features in this book, apart from the first few chapters.
    As the back cover explains, Jane--the artificial lifeform--is able to travel "outside" of space-time. At first this was interesting and exciting, but after the Nth time, it merely became annoying. Also, the book has drifted from the philosophical roots of the previous books, and instead this book concentrates more on the "mystical" and spiritual elements which, again, just became tedious.
    If you feel obliged to read this novel due to the high quality of the other books in the series, think twice, for it's not essential.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but ultimately feels unnecessary 24 May 2015
    By Dr. Michael Heron TOP 500 REVIEWER
    I've worked my way through four of the Ender books in the past few months - I enjoyed each of them a lot. Looking at the list of books in the series however, I think this is where it comes to a natural conclusion. Children of the Mind felt in many ways like an unnecessary book - it's not as tightly written as the first two, and it seems like Xenocide could have been stripped back a little to incorporate the meaningful parts of this one without any real loss. It's not a bad book by any means - it has some very nice moments in it and it does manage to bring a complex narrative to a mostly satisfying conclusion.

    So much more than previous books though, it is driven primarily by philosophical exposition - very little actually *happens* in it. It seems in some respects to be an indulgence on the part of the author, looking to inject his own metaphysical meanderings somewhere people would actually read them. That's not wrong - he can put whatever he likes in his books - but it always seems a little bit cheap to insert your words into the mouths of your characters. The Ender books have always merged philosophy and narrative. They just usually do a better job of making it seamless than in this one.

    Still, this mild criticism aside, I'm glad I read it because it brings a good sense of closure to a complex cycle of books. However, certainly at the moment, I feel like I'm done with Ender - looking at the ten remaining books in the series brings a sense of dread rather than a sense of excitement. In my review of Xenocide, I said that it had given me a slight case of 'sequel fatigue'. Children of the Mind stands as a book despite that, but it did put the nail in the coffin of my wanting to read any more in the Enderverse any time soon.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    By Gadget
    I totally agree with Roy Oestensen's review. Far too much angst and prevaricating and navel-gazing; not enough advancing the plot.

    Like Roy, I also found the FTL mechanism - indeed, the whole "Outside" concept, and aiuas - a little far-fetched.

    Also, it appears that the only notable thing to have happened in the 3000 years between now and the time this book is set is the Bugger War. At least, no mention is made of any other historical events. Does this not seem a little far-fetched as well?
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment 7 Dec. 2003
    Having waited years for the end of the Ender/Speaker series, this was a let down. I got the impression that Uncle Orson knew he had to finish the series - but didn't really know how to do it. So he throws some completely over the top ideas into the pot and ....
    If you've read the rest, you probably need to read this for completion - but don't expect to be wildly impressed. When he's hot OSC is the best - but on this occaision he fluffed it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
    This book completes the various plot lines in a manner that leaves the door open for further stories based around the various carrecters
    Published 1 month ago by Phil Thornham
    5.0 out of 5 stars Last of Ender?
    Kept a strong story line to a conclusion.
    Published 4 months ago by Alex Mercer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    If you enjoyed Ender's Game and its sequals then you will thouroughly enjoy reading this book.
    Published 5 months ago by Michael Curran
    1.0 out of 5 stars Self inflicted torture
    First book was brilliant, second one still good, downhill after that but I was already, like you, hooked. Save your money for better books if you can?
    Published 5 months ago by S. Howe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Ok the whole series is Brilliant
    Published 9 months ago by Ladyrebel
    5.0 out of 5 stars A+
    Brilliant, thought provoking and emotional. I mourn and jubilate, and long to visit the forest to see the mother trees.
    Published 10 months ago by Neil Clark
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to end it
    Taken in combination with Xenocide, the former is much less disappointing. A good way to tie up all the details of Ender Wiggin and leave a fresh start open.
    Published 10 months ago by Mr. T. J. Street
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent service
    Published 10 months ago by Mr. H. Hamilton
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good conclusion to the series
    If you've got this far in the series then this book will not disappoint. Lots of intrigue and tension, typically good plotlines. A good read.
    Published 11 months ago by Willow
    5.0 out of 5 stars book you can't put down
    couldn't put the book down it is such a good read.
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