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.
"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)
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.
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.
A biblical overtone can be expected in any Orson Scott story. Great storytelling. Great topics.
about halfway through I became really upset because the similarities between this world and this book were heartbreaking but it had a good ending so it makes me hopeful that possibly our end will be just as positive.
More than a few life-lessons can be had in this far-future offering from Orson Scott Card. The only thing that kept this listener from offering 5 stars was the slightly disappointing gap between the first 4 books and the fifth. I love the soothing voice of Stefan Rudnicki and I could have enjoyed the last book more with as little as 1 more hour of narration between the end of Nafai's story and the beginning of Shedemei's. I hope future readers can fill in the end of book 4 with their imaginations.
This last instalment of the Homecoming series was a little boring. It did however try up some lose ends towards the end of the book. The overall moral lessons went very deep, which is something that resonated with me.
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
"a decent series fizzles to a weak end"
didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the previous books in the series. preachy and not very sensible ending.
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