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on 31 October 2010
This is a very intelligent book taking all the themes from the previous books and expanding on some and clarifying others while adding new ideas.

This is quite a thoughtful book without very much action.
The ideas introduced in Xenocide are expanded and some that seemed silly make better sense and allow for a few interesting twists.

We get a deeper view into Ender's mind although none of the other characters are expanded on and some seem to become more two dimensional rather than less.

It is clearly a book designed to make the series neat, loose end after loose end is tied up with every character getting a resolution of some sort.
It does get a little preachy at times making sweeping moral statements based on nothing of substance but these bits far less frequent than the moments of intelligent drama.

The ending is neatly done but it is a little anticlimactic in how easily it all falls together and you are never in any doubt as to the eventual outcome.
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I don't really understand why there are so many bad reviews of this book. Yes, Ender is not the protagonist anymore, ok. He just stays aside and it is Peter, Wang Mun, Jane and the rest who have a relevant role in the story. However, they are also fantastic characters and are developed in the way that only Scott Card is capable of. They all are constructed with care and tenderness. We can even see the most human aspect of some of them, like the almighty and cold Hive Queen or Jane. Furthermore, there is something in this novel that the second and the third one seemed to lack: a connection with the original story, Ender's Game. Children of the Mind is full of references to the first novel that will delight the fans of the series. In general, my impression has been quite possitive and I do recomend this novel to everybody (everybody who has read the previous books, of course XD). It is a story to reflect, but overall it is a story which will move you.
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on 13 October 2010
A little less rambling than the first one, but I would still much prefer the storyline to be tighter rather than giving way to the self indulgent waffling from the author that crops up in between the good bits. However there were just enough good bits to keep my interest and there was more of an element of science fiction and mystery to this than in 'Xenocide'. Some good ideas definitely but they could have been explored a little further. The novel works best for me when it concentrates more on the psychological aspects than the philosophical ones including all the political stuff and religious stuff which I really didn't find that interesting. However the character studies and questionmarks worked better but it was hard to sympathise with a lot of them as they appeared to be so selfish. Still not up to 'Ender's Game' standard yet.
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on 13 July 2014
not as good as the previous books
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on 2 August 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this final volume of the Ender Saga. The socio-economic and humanitarian areas covered in this series seemed so much more varied and in depth than other books of this genre. I really got to know and feel for the characters and the complexity of their relationships was very real and at the same time impressive in how were portrayed in each volume. Highly recommended! Be prepared to read all 4 volumes back-to-back!
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on 26 August 2013
A fantastic read, I now need to go back and read all the books in chronological order. Having read Enders Game for the first time twenty years ago, finding out there is a series is enthralling.
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on 10 October 2015
I had read the earlier three Ender books and really enjoyed them. For some reason unknown to me I just could not get into this story. I read half the book and gave up.
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on 19 August 2014
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.
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on 1 October 2015
truly inspiring read. Ender and the universe he lives in tackles some of humanity's greatest fears and the challenges the human race may one day face.
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on 12 January 2015
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?
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