Children of the Mind

Children of the Mind

Book - 1996
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"The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: the Pequeninos; a large colony of humans; and the Hive Queen, brought there by Ender. But once again the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania. Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania. She has learned how to move ships outside the universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit. But it takes all the processing power available to her, and the Starways Congress is shutting down the Net, world by world. Soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Ender's children must save her if they are to save themselves."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : TOR, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
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ISBN: 9780312853952
0312853955
9780765304742
0765304740
9780812522396
0812522397
Call Number: CARD
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 17 cm.
Subjects: Science fiction.
Artificial intelligence -- Fiction.
Space warfare -- Fiction.
Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

Children of the Mind is the fourth and final book in the Ender’s Game quartet. The story follows the unfinished story arches that carried over from Xenocide (the preceding book), and brings the series to a somewhat satisfying ending. The story is fairly similar in style to Xenocide since Children of the Mind was originally part of Xenocide, but the story was later split into two books. This is definitely not a bad thing, because the story is still a very intellectual read, but because it is the conclusion to the quartet, there is action, which Xenocide lacked. Children of the Mind also seems to be paced better than Xenocide, with pacing similar to Ender’s Game or Speaker for the Dead. Some parts of the story didn’t match the previous books’ style of “science-fiction based on science”, and instead traded it for flat-out magic (I’m referring to the aiuas). It’s not bad, just different. The ending was satisfying; however, it left a couple loose ends that really deserve their own book, and it’s a shame that there isn’t one. Regardless, Children of the Mind does an excellent job of bringing a conclusion to the Ender’s Game quartet. 4/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Peep1900
Jun 02, 2016

I loved this so much! Yes there was some discussion but the dangerous journeys of Miro and Val on a team and Peter and Wang-mu on a team were totally worth the whole book! So pleased with the whole series

mvkramer Jan 17, 2016

This book is basically a 360-page metaphysical discussion masquerading as a novel. Which is not to say that I didn't enjoy it - it's just odd. Characters spend a lot of time talking about the nature of life, the soul, and relationships. A good read, but not as compelling as the earlier volumes.

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Dixiedog2
Dec 27, 2015

‘Children of the Mind’ - Sequel to Xenocide’ – like many of Orson Scott Card’s books, complicated and too much philosophy. I did not enjoy it as much as others. I have read 17 of Card’s books and I have rated all but two as excellent. Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Kdmullerspy Jul 19, 2014

Amazing book, but it got a little too weird at times.

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Kyanite
Jul 16, 2014

I found Xenocide a bit slow, without the same level of emotional engagement of Speaker for the Dead, but this book captured me again and has left me with lots to think about. Awesome.

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Arkanian_Delphiki
Sep 08, 2013

This book is amazing. Many people like the sequels to Ender's Game less because they are just a different type of book/story. Ender's Game was exciting and fast paced, and the others are more philosophical and mentally challenging to read. Personally, they all are amazing so why quibble?

The Afterword in this book explains that many of the tensions in the plot are based on what could have been if society was able to negotiate with Japan to stop the bombing to end WWII. As with all books in this series, it is a complex story with complex characters placed in untenable situations. But underlying the failings of the leaders, there is always hope for redemption and as the last of this series, Ender is redeemed and able to forgive himself. This will be a bridge book for the next characters who are 'born' out of Ender's personality and I am sure they too will be well worth the read. I would however, strong recommend that the books be read in series or this last one will not make any sense.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

Oh what a strange book. Oooooh how strange. I wish it had been less metaphysical and more technical. Card's explanation of FTL travel was...weird. And the results of it were weird. And this whole side of the series is just weird, weird, weird.

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monikak1
Jun 12, 2012

Ender series, book 4, very good

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Aug 21, 2011

Enderverse Bk4

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