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.
Its not as good as the other Earthborn books but I got through it to finish the story. I enjoyed the Ender series much much more. The names of the people are imaginative and I gotta hand it to Steven the reader he handled all those strange names flawlessly. I think I could have followed the story easier by reading the actual books. Lots of political drama and a parable of our world of politics and religion. The entire series is like this but the last book was even more so. Still, Orson Scott Card is intriguing as a writer and he has a lot to say through the lips of his characters. I will be listening to all his books.
Yes, despite the fact that many readers seem to have not enjoyed the book, I found it to be an interesting read. Book four, in many ways, is the conclusion of the series, but this addendum is worth your time. It's neat to take a leap into the future and see how history develops. Yes, the comparison to Moromonism is strong and the book can be preachy, but if you can let all that go you'll find a good story.
I was curious how Card would develop the Keeper of Earth. He leaves some mystery in place, but the Keeper is more developed here than in any other book.
The vivid dream given by the Keeper the to our favorite Star Master is good.
The whole series has caused me to look for similar themes in other books.
The book is a bit slow to start and all the names are hard to follow. Also, the large leaps in time add to the confusion. Still, I don't regret the read at all.
The Narrated helped add a connection to this last book which was lost with most absents of most of the main characters.
I love that he seems to handle the complex names, which I would have had issues with.
With most the main characters gone from the original series, you investment into the story is not there. The connection to the new characters takes time in the story which could have been spent on the story itself.
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.
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.
Terrible. The rest of the series is slow, but I worked through it to get to an exciting conclusion... This was not it. The characters in this story have no connection to those in the previous four books and as a result the reader has no connection to them. They are odd aliens and the reader is thrust in to the middle of them and there is no tension. I'm a huge Card fan, but I wish I had not wasted my time with this series.
Interesting story with great insight into personal relationships and how to deal with human frailty.
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