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Earthborn: Homecoming: Volume 5 | [Orson Scott Card]

Earthborn: Homecoming: Volume 5

High above Earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemei alone has survived the hundreds of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.
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High above Earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemei alone has survived the hundreds of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.

She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, and the Oversoul wakes her sometimes to watch over her descendants on the planet below. The population has grown rapidly - there are cities and nations now, whole peoples descended from those who followed Nafai or Elemak.

But in all the long years of watching and searching, the Oversoul has not found the thing it sought. It has not found the Keeper of Earth, the central intelligence that alone can repair the Oversoul's damaged programming.

©1995 Orson Scott Card; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Card's far-future religious saga manages, brilliantly, to be at once entertaining, unobjectionable, and edifying." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[The] complex situation, abetted by Card's superior characterization, offers more than enough conflict and questing to keep the yarn moving. The grand saga of human evolution is a demanding category of sf and fantasy, but Card has met its demands quite successfully." (Booklist)
"The conclusion of the story...is vintage Card and a joy to read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 05-30-11
    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2001
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    "The Last Chapter"

    Much is made in other reviews of how this title drifts from the preceding ones and starts a new story. That's true, but it is also one of its strengths. This is less a "concluding" story (though it is somewhat) than a spinoff. If the first 4 books were All in the Family, this would be The Jeffersons (or is that The Jettersons?). There is just enough reference (and a character or two) from the other saga to bind the two together. Unlike the Ender saga, which sadly went on at least one book too long, this is the way to do it. Skip all the centuries after the main action and take a look at what the world might be like 500 years out. An interesting premise and one that authors don't often get to explore. (If you say, that's what Speaker for the Dead did, I can't disagree, but not as noticeably; there the backstory was less direct than this one.) I happened to like these characters very much--more so than the "Heroes" during the first book. (That one was a slow start, but worth it in the end.) Much is made of the religious themes in the book, but what is there so interesting about religion if not the conflict it engenders among people. The thinly veiled "bias" issues added a basis for conflict (and the oh-so-classic epithet "Digger Lover" was my favorite tongue in cheek line, just in case anyone had missed the point). Was the book about the Mormons? Probably not. Too many dissimilarities to the historical events of those times, though only Card knows for sure (golden plates was a cute touch). No, this book is nearly a standalone work showcasing Card's ability to create character studies with people and creatures out of the readers' normal ambit. The plot? Secondary. That it sort of tracks the first books? Convenient. It's all about the writing. Anyone who is disappointed that this book doesn't take up where #4 left off misses the point--it wasn't supposed to. I applaud Card for this imaginative approach and recommend this story to any of his fans.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. Schantz 06-02-11
    J. Schantz 06-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Feel free to stop in the series before this one."

    This one just was not as good as the first 4. Unlike most of Card's other books, you just cant get a real connection with the characters. The series would have been just fine without this one.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    rbcleansup 07-27-15
    rbcleansup 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    The stories of Orson Scott Card are all wonderful, I've read many. His writings are a work of art. I also love listening to the Audible with Stefan Rudnicki narration master piece. Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 05-28-09
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2008
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    "hmmmm"

    I'll probably forget everything about this book in a month except that "Utter independence is the most terrible punishment".

    Usually the last book is the one that makes you tickle from how nicely everything gets wrapped up.

    You won't find yourself holding your breath.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-06-09
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-06-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible"

    Its seems Mr.Card tries to squeeze every ounce out of his series and fails ever time. As in the last of the Ender series this story also falls flat on its face. Way too many people to remember, or to care about. It was so hard to follow this story because of the 20 or so people with hard to remember names. Skip this book, it doesn't add anything to the story.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 07-02-15
    Dan 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Anti-climactic finish"

    I loved the first four books in this series. All were well-written and enjoyable.

    The first four books form their own story arc, while book 5 starts something new. I knew this when I started the book, so this was expected.

    What I did not expect was that the story would be much less interesting. It's still decent, and I recommend reading it, but it is not as entertaining as the other books. It also seems like the author is trying to send a religious message here - never stated directly, but it's there. Not usually what I look for in a sci fi book, but still enjoyable if you invested the time to read the first four.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Parrill, Jr. 06-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "No closure!"
    What would have made Earthborn better?

    I would have loved if it closed the original story from the other 4 books


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His performance was amazing


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed that I didn't get to see what really happened to the main characters


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Lingeman 05-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed the series."

    Great series. The final book, albeit good, was a bit awkward with events seeming to occur suddenly without any logical build up. I don't know if I just missed something.

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    Jackie´s hubby 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An excellent story for Christian lovers of Sci-Fi"

    I don't know if Mr. Card intended to , but he has written the best example of Christian faith thinking that I have ever had the privilege to experience since. coming to Christ myself.
    Thank You Mr Orson Scott Card

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JD Davis Texas 03-11-15
    JD Davis Texas 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Conclusion."

    No spoilers, but there were some good lessons learned in this one. Very well written and narrated. Loved the character development and growth of the main characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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