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Children of the Mind | [Orson Scott Card]

Children of the Mind

The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.
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The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

Children of the Mind is the fourth and final volume in the original Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Hugo and Nebula award.

Browse more titles in the Ender Wiggin series.

©1996 Orson Scott Card (P)2004 Audio Renaissance

What the Critics Say

"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 achieves here." (Booklist)
"Card's prose is powerful." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sarah Bourbon Terlingua, Texas 12-11-08
    Sarah Bourbon Terlingua, Texas 12-11-08 Member Since 2006
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    "WHICH OTHER OSC WROTE THIS?"

    It sure isn't much like his others I have read. Like sitting through a very long evening in a dorm room full of sophomore psych students pondering ethics, self, and everything. Just say 42 and don't bother with reading it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 05-20-08
    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 05-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Good as expected"

    If you've fallowed the endervers this far, you really should here this one. I'm sure it was Mr. Card meaning, but the further in the endervers I get the more time I spend thinking of the deeper issues of self he raises. This is someing I think only a excelent story that maybe fiction, but contains a grain of real truth can do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Gilbert, AZ, USA 10-31-07
    James Gilbert, AZ, USA 10-31-07
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    "A bit over the top"

    I loved all the ender books. However, this one was a little bit too "new age". If you want to hang out for the end of ender it is fun to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-12-07
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-12-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Pass.."

    Loved the books leading up to this. Uh... But this one is a bunch of filler. Mr. Card is just trying to keep cashing in on a story line that needs to end. Save your money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff college place, WA, USA 01-18-07
    Jeff college place, WA, USA 01-18-07
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    "very nice"

    the book, like most of orson's was very compelling, however, it is very easy to get lost in its story line, so if you are not a good fan of orson, grit your teeth during the long and tedious parts.

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    SmearODeer Harrisburg, PA 12-20-05
    SmearODeer Harrisburg, PA 12-20-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "It’s Complete!"

    It’s Complete. This had a nice clean ending and closed the rest of the story lines from the previous Ender books. It still follows the soap opera like format of the last book, but once again it is well written and will keep your attention most of the time. This is a must listen to complete the story. Had I gotten an abridged version I would have gotten the same effect as this version. It did not leave me with an overwhelming urge to grab the next book when it comes out but I probably will. I’ll have to check out the Shadow book and See what Orson Scoot Card did with those?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Vandivort washington DC 06-26-05
    R. Vandivort washington DC 06-26-05 Member Since 2012

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    Children of the Mind was great like all books in the ender series. they always leave you with something more to think about. can't wait to start the shadow series. I'm also glad they had us read Enders Game @ school, it got me started.

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    Rubin 03-28-05
    Rubin 03-28-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Enjoyable."

    This is beyond battle school kids and fighting. This is not a continuation of Enders Game as it is rest of the story. The rest of life around him and every living thing.

    There are a lot of issues disscused in this book that we can relate to in our current environment. I am looking forward to the final installment.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Menlo Park, CA, USA 11-26-05
    David Menlo Park, CA, USA 11-26-05
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    "Dumb"

    Card continues using the narrative gimmick of faster-than-light travel, which he introduced in the last novel in a flurry of excitement that he hoped would distract readers from the fact that he never explains how this wondrous invention might function. He then proceeds to use this gimmick again and again to tie up all the loose ends of his previous novels, and to grant all the heroes God-like powers that summarily destroy any hope of tension or conflict in this obnoxiously pedagogical novel.

    Dumb.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Barre, MA, USA 05-29-05
    Judith Barre, MA, USA 05-29-05
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    "Excellent Book"

    All of the Ender series are excelletn but you have to have a taste for philosophy. You need to have read the previous books in order to really make sense of this last of the current series since refereneces to the previous books and events in them are sparse.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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