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High above the earth orbits the starship "Basilica." On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemai alone has survived the hundred 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 the 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 the Earth, the central intelligence that also can repair the Oversoul's damaged programming.
Publisher: New York : TOR, 1996, c1995.
Edition: 1st mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780812532982
Characteristics: xiv, 430 p. : maps ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Life on other planets -- Fiction.
Interplanetary voyages -- Fiction.
Artificial intelligence -- Fiction.
Science fiction.


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Aug 02, 2012

Admittedly, this takes some effort to get into, since (spoiler alert) the passage of 500 years means that almost all of the characters you grew to know and care for in the other novels are long since dead.

However, this title has rewards all its own. It's classic Card, with a child hero set against a combination of evil and less-than-perfect adults, with major moral issues and the fate of a civilization at stake. The main characters are immediately sympathetic, this time. an improvement over the first novel in the series. But this particular novel doesn't really break much new ground, and though there are some interesting mysteries, the best one is solved almost as soon as it is discovered. Not really his best, as everything feels a bit predictable. But still enjoyable. And hey, if you made it this far, might as well finish the series, right?


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