Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4) by Orson Scott Card

Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4)

Children of the Mind (1996) is the fourth novel of Orson Scott Card's popular Ender's Game series of science fiction novels that focus on the character Ender Wiggin. This book was originally the second half of Xenocide, before it was split into two novels.At the start of Children of the Mind, Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, is using her newly discovered abilities to take the races of buggers, humans and pequeninos outside the universe an...


Details Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4)

TitleChildren of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4)
ISBN9780765304742
Author
Release DateAug 24th, 2002
PublisherTor Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy
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Reviews Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4)

  • Greg Fishbone
    2008-03-22
    I know several readers, myself included, who were blown away by Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. They then found the sequel, Speaker for the Dead, to be equally as riveting and eagerly reached for Xenocide, book three in the series, with the highest of expectations--only to be slammed with disappointment. This otherwise serviceable book, with an original premise and interesting characters, crashes to an unsatisfying and confusing ending that com...
  • blakeR
    2009-06-30
    Wraps up the series neatly enough . . . until you stop to think about how ridiculous the entire premise is or how annoying it is that everything seems to fit so nicely together.I suppose I have to recant the part of my Xenocide review where I called the "birth" of Peter and Young Val "unnecessary." That was obviously a crucial episode for what Card had in store for the series conclusion. But I still won't take back the opinion that it's annoying....
  • Jacob
    2009-06-24
    September 2009Previously: XenocideThe fleet sent by Starways Congress to destroy the planet Lusitania is getting closer. Any day now. No, really, it'll be here soon, promise! The good news is: Jane, the intelligent supercomputer program, has figured out faster-than-light travel, so the evacuation of Lusitania's native and foreign species is ongoing. The bad news: Congress is trying to shut Jane down. The Lusitania Fleet is on its way (really!). E...
  • GS
    2011-01-08
    As I was progressing through the Ender series, I couldn't help but feel that the writing quality was diminishing, but I never suspected that the series would end on such a sour note. Children of the Mind is a mind-numbing book with its drawn-out pompous attempts to explain human nature and imitate negotiation, but the worst part of it is how it butchers its character personalities. The plot might pass if the dialogue wasn't so unbearably cheesy (...
  • Alain DeWitt
    2013-01-07
    I just finished this book and I read it not too long after reading 'Xenocide'. I really should review 'Xenocide' but I wanted to get this out while it was still fresh since 'Children of the Mind' was so awful. A full review of 'Xenocide', though, isn't really necessary since both books are terrible and suffer from the same flaws.The big problem with this book is that Card violates the 'Show, Don't Tell' rule of writing. This book consists almost ...
  • Christopher
    2010-08-05
    Whoo, finished, finally. Sometimes you get sucked in a series and you just can't wait until its over because of the command over your whole attention that it has on you. Andrew Wiggin is somebody who we would all like to become; understanding, compassionate, brilliant, and charitable. Yet he is a tragic character who carries the burden of humanity on his shoulders, always taking on more responsibility than is seemed his share.This final novel is ...
  • Spider the Doof Warrior
    2009-05-23
    I have to find that quote in this book that PISSES ME OFF. It made me take away a star.Why so RACIST? To asians and whites! Ever think that maybe Peter just wants to sit in a chair because chairs are more comfortable than kneeling? Sorry, but what he wrote about Hiroshima and Nagasaki is OFFENSIVE AS ALL FUCK!I hate this book. I hate OSC's writing. Why did I EVER think he was a good writer?Oh, that is IT Orson Scott Card. I'm going to go out and ...
  • Dave
    2019-05-14
    The EndChildren of the Mind is the end of the Ender Quartet and the story of the passing of the torch to the next generation of Ender’s “Children.” His children include memory creations of his siblings, his adopted family, and the connected one, Jane. It’s a fitting conclusion to a series filled with wonder, with magic, with spectacle. It has thus far met with rather mixed reviews, but if you’ve been following these characters, it’s l...
  • Monica
    2013-11-23
    I wanted to love this. I really did - after all, I love Miro, who is given a lot more page space, and I was excited to see what Peter would bring to the table. But after Xenocide, it was pretty weak. Now to make a few comments (ehem, rants)…a) Why is it that the only truly negative bits in the series come from the women? You know, the only truly unforgivable, unredeemable, unreasonable, and supremely infuriating bits… Let me summarize what th...
  • Kevin
    2011-12-21
    I couldn't wait to finish this book. The Ender quartet started so strong and got progressively worse with each book. I hated who the characters became in this book (particularly Wang-Mu) and the long-winded monologues about the difficult love relationships got excessive. The tired philosophy and ruminations on the human condition were boring and unwanted. Children of the Mind started with so much potential but it was poorly executed. I was really...
  • Mario
    2010-03-23
    Don't get me wrong, Orson Scott Card is one of the greats. Ender's series is one of the best series of all time. However, this book was his weakest due to being monotonous and preachy. The characters were going back and forth, stating the same dialogues. I understand the message and the characters' purposes, but the book lasted way too long; thus,I barely finished the book. Of course, there were many moments, but the bad outweighs the good.
  • Stephen
    2008-08-11
    4.0 to 4.5 stars. Book four of the classic Ender series. Not quite as good as the previous books but still excellent and highly recommended.
  • Shayna L
    2007-12-04
    Children of the Mind flows from the rest of the Ender saga. Aside from the issues that carry over from the previous book, there's less focus on all the philosophy in the universe and more story. It's mostly about Jane and her bid for survival along side all the peoples and aliens on the world of Lusitania. Like the other books, it's pretty enthralling and opens up the type of moral and philosophical issues that probably have entire sections of th...
  • Asa
    2010-09-19
    Well, now I've finished the "Ender Quartet" (or saga, as it's called here) at a very leisurely pace. The first book, Ender's Game, was excellent. Second was Speaker For The Dead, which was great. Then there were Xenocide and this one, both of which were merely okay.It seems that Xenocide and Children Of The Mind were originally meant to be one book. I suspect that if Xenocide had stayed within its own borders, it would have been much better. Thes...
  • Matt
    2011-08-14
    This book actually led me to break two rules of mine: 1) Never give up on a book more than 30 pages in, and 2) Nobody needs to read my review of a book, so what's the point in writing one. But this time I just... I just couldn't do it.What I loved about Ender's Game was that it's not a blatant, lasers'n'aliens sci-fi novel (although there is NOTHING wrong with laser'n'aliens), so much as it's the story of a boy placed in relatively difficult circ...
  • Warren Pagel
    2013-07-20
    The last book in the sci-fi series following Ender Wiggin is disappointing to say the least. It takes all of the amazing characters introduced in Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide and devolves them into what boils down to a soap-opera-in-space. Card excels at creating interesting characters, but he obviously struggles with writing romance; this is all the more apparent when, in a series that until this book never had any focus on r...
  • Dr Bolderdash
    2011-09-25
    Ender's game was really fun and interesting read. It made me excited to explore more of Card's work. With each subsequent book of the Ender Saga I have enjoyed it less and less.Throughout the entire series there has been a strong drive to explore philosophical notions of war and survival and the connections between people. In Ender's game it is not too heavy handed and mostly submerged beneath the narrative. By Children of the Mind Card might as ...
  • Arielle
    2014-11-16
    A solid conclusion to the Ender Quartet. It was thoughtfully written and obviously much more than just a science fiction book.A few of my favorite quotes:"But we were there, and during the time we lived, we were alive. That's the truth—what is, what was, what will be—not what could be, what should have been, what never can be. If we die, then our death has meaning to the rest of the universe. Even if our lives are unknown, the fact that someo...
  • Evan
    2015-01-22
    This is more of a review for the entire series. I didn't care much for the first book (Ender's Game), but the surprise ending captivated me enough to read the next book (plus the series was a Christmas present and I didn't want to leave it unread). The second book (Speaker for the Dead) was much better and I love the Speaker for the Dead idea. This is where things in the book get complicated. The third book (Xenocide), whoa, huge leap in time, lo...
  • Djuna
    2007-06-02
    These books are a great combo of sci-fi and philosophy, but I feel like the Ender series begins with the best book and then they gradually lose appeal. The first book in the series was skillfully crafted to weave complex strategy lessons for a child, and I was very pleased with how clever the author was, with only a few areas that were a bit heavy-handed. The subsequent books got a bit more convoluted, and lost some of the brilliance. It seemed l...
  • Kara
    2019-03-15
    I'm torn on what to rate this. I was told by many internet people to stop reading after Speaker for the Dead, and I almost did because I loved that book so much on its own. Buuuuut I didn't want to leave the world. And if all you want to do is stay in the world, then the last two books in the quartet are good (though this is the weakest, I think). But if you're more interested in a satisfying conclusion, then you should know the writing and story...
  • Olivia Sussex
    2018-07-10
    This book was not good :(-the female characters were all written badly-the plot wasn't captivating, everything they wanted to happen just kinda worked out-it was too self aware? as if every event had to be justified by the unrealistic conversations of the previous pageIt's disappointing but I just didn't enjoy it. That being said, I'd still recommend reading the first two books of the series, as I think they hold their own nicely & I think they'r...
  • Neil
    2010-07-30
    It's just getting silly now. I'm glad this book 'ends' the Ender saga (even though Card then went on to chuck out some prequels.) It was a great page turner, I think this is something Card does very well - however, the more I read of his work, the more I think this is because I have developed the knack of knowing when to skip one of his long expository paragraphs about how someone feels. As I mentioned in another review, he is very tell not show ...
  • Duffy Pratt
    2012-08-16
    In each successive book, Card seems to have honed in on the worst points of the last book and then used them as the focus for the new one. This one mostly involves Ender's very serious identity crisis. He's three different people at once, and apparently has barely enough lifeforce or whatever to sustain two lives at once. So something's got to give.In the meantime, the Lusitania fleet is still hurtling toward the poor planet, and any minute now i...
  • John
    2011-05-07
    After reading the earlier books in the series, the final installment was really a disappointment. However, since this was essentially the second half of Xenocide (which I actually enjoyed), I pushed myself to finish the book to find out what happens to Ender, the Piggies, the Descolada virus, etc. Sadly, those topics where overwhelmed by the pages and pages devoted to the love stories which were seemingly modeled after a supernatural tween romanc...
  • Jeff Yoak
    2009-11-11
    This book was depressingly awful for me. I've loved this series. Early on I committed to drudging through it as a series with seven novels (before this one) and 9 short stories, ranging from good reads to loved, calls for great patience in reading the last story. I just couldn't make it. "Life is too short." took over.The first full half of the novel consists of pairing off characters, sending them to remote locations, and then switching between ...
  • Scott
    2012-10-09
    By far the Ender's book I enjoyed the least. It's overwrought with half-baked, twice-explained philosophical discussions that add very little in terms of content, while doubling the page count. Every chapter is full of extended monologues that come out of nowhere, don't seem realistic, and appear to simply appease the author's need expound upon purely theoretical philosophies in worlds that, by definition, only exist in his head/stories, since it...
  •  ♥ Rebecca ♥
    2007-12-20
    An excellent conclusion, a great outcome, almost happy all around. Speaker for the Dead is still my favourite of the four, and Xenocide is still my least favourite. But of the two left, Ender's Game and Children of the Mind, I'm not sure which I prefer. Ender's Game is absolutely brilliant, but so different from the others its hard to figure out where it fits. Ender's Game is like the introduction to Ender's character, his background, but the las...
  • Nancy Meservier
    2011-12-08
    The end is coming. Starways Congress has sent the little doctor, a weapon that can destroy an entire planet, to the world of Lusitania, regardless of the fact that the Descolada virus has been cured. Meanwhile, they have also discovered the existence of Jane, a computer program that has grown into a being of consciousness, and is planning on destroying her due to her inconvenient interference. It will take the efforts of everyone to stop Starways...
  • Mirek Kukla
    2013-09-02
    "Children of the Mind" is a pretty weird, mostly entertaining, and often surprisingly thoughtful bit of science fiction. Taken as the conclusion to an ambitious series, it's found wanting: as the fourth and final book in "Ender Quartet", it resolves all of the obvious conflicts raised over the course of the series, but leaves a number of deeper questions unanswered. Taken in isolation and on its own merits, however, "Children of the Mind" is an i...