Children of the Mind, fourth in the Ender series, is the conclusion of the story begun in the third book, Xenocide. The author unravels Ender's life and reweaves the threads into unexpected new patterns, including an apparent reincarnation of his threatening older brother, Peter, not to mention another "sister" Valentine. Multiple storylines entwine, as the threat of the Lusitania-bound fleet looms ever nearer. The self-aware computer, Jane, who has always been more than she seemed, faces death at human hands even as she approaches godhood. At the same time, the characters hurry to investigate the origins of the descolada virus before they lose their ability to travel instantaneously between the stars.
If you've read the other books in the Ender series, you must read this to wrap up the loose ends. However, I found this book harder to get into than the others in the series. It just seemed even more far-fetched. STILL, you can't leave the fate of Lusitania undecided, and this book was not a disappointment - just not as wonderful as the others in my opinion.
This finale is definitely more interesting and more action-packed than the last two of the quartet. However, none of the three lives up to the Ender fame.
The superb conclusion of the Ender series by the brilliant visionary writer Orson Scott Card. Not as good as Xenocide, but nonetheless a fitting conclusion to an amazing series.
Awesome story and series! Loved it!
Once again, Orson Scott Card runs the gamut of the sciences in a single story--biology, politics, psychology, even philosophy--and takes us into fascinating new ideas and concepts. This man never runs out of steam!
My all time Scott Card favorite is still the first one, Ender's Game.
Interesting book with a good premise, but a little preachy at points for my taste.
My least favorite of the four - but still worth reading I think. Agree that the God Whispers are excellent.
It is not as good as the prior Ender books
Nice conclusion to the saga. Thought provoking, but felt there was too much going on.
Children of the Mind is not Card's best work. This is Orson Scott Card enjoying spinning out an idea, seeing characters to the end of their troubles, and catering to his die-hard fans. It plays well enough if you really love the Ender characters, but it is a fair distance from being literature.
Can't wait until the last book bringing the two series' back together
I always enjoy OSC's sequels, because they take you places and get you heavily involved with humans and other species. It's interesting, and will keep you involved, particularly given the complex mental aspects of the books. Well worth it!
Ender's Game is a classic, but "Xenocide", "Children of the Mind" and "Speaker for the Dead" are nothing like the first book. But, good on a standalone basis.
Listening to the book was more interesting than trying to read it.
This is the conclusion of the four book Ender series.
Fourth book in the Ender's Game saga
The conclusion to the Ender Quartet. (I haven't read it)