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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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    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 03-28-05
    Rubin Everett, WA, United States 03-28-05 Member Since 2001
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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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    Phil Springville, UT, USA 10-06-04
    Phil Springville, UT, USA 10-06-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Fascinating and provocative"

    Rarely is philosophy so well-played on a stage filled with action. Card blends three or four story threads at a time, and, like Tom Clancy, tears you away just when you thought you were comfortable with the new thread. And all this played against questions about what we are, both as individuals and a species. He is brilliant. This book puts real punch in the Ender Saga. A great listen if you're running 100 miles, as I was.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissi Amsterdam 04-15-11
    Chrissi Amsterdam 04-15-11 Listener Since 2003
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    "One of the great pieces of science fiction"

    ...with a nice peace of philosophy and human awareness thrown in for good measure.
    This is one of the good things about Cards literature: he stays himself human and thoughtful, he creates good characters and plots rather than seeking the thrill of great cruelty or fear to come to a climax.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 02-04-10
    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 02-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A spiritual journey"

    This book truly completes Ender's journey. It brings together Science Fiction with a level of spirituality I haven't found in other books. It truly stuck a chord with my philosophical beliefs.

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    Compass Four LLC USA, NJ 05-29-09
    Compass Four LLC USA, NJ 05-29-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Children of the Mind"

    Riveting.. Couldn't stop listening to it. Mix of science, philosophy, religion, etc. that makes you think I mean,.. Really think..

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    Amazon Customer Yorba Linda, CA 04-24-09
    Amazon Customer Yorba Linda, CA 04-24-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Not a typical science fiction"

    Wow, I thought the the story as too much touchy feeling stuff and slow at the beginning but it picked up steam along the way and I couldn't stop listening to it. Very interesting mix of science, philosophy, religion, etc. that makes you think of your own mortality and values of others.
    Can't wait for Card to write the next one as he said he would.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton C. Cone Lexington, NC 06-25-07
    Clayton C. Cone Lexington, NC 06-25-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Ender's end?"

    You've got to read how the trilogy ends! Or does it? Mr. Card is spending too much time in Hollywood.

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    Michelle 2205 Cape Horn Ave Coquitlam 01-11-07
    Michelle 2205 Cape Horn Ave Coquitlam 01-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "I see 4 stars, but i don't know how they got there"

    I have read all of the books in the enders series, i absolutly love them all, except this one. i not only didn't like it, i lost respect for Mr. Card it was so harsh. This book could be called kicking a dead horse as far a i am concered. You know how a high school drama series needs to end when the graduate from high school, and they don't end it and it goes down hill? Thats is exactly what this book is. Its stretching material past the point of it working. I feel it shouldn't have been written.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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