Friday, February 28, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card

BOOK REVIEW: Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
(The conclusion to the Ender Quartet)

The Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania, home to the Pequeninos, the Hive Queen and a large colony of humans. Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania, except she also has her own execution order. Soon Jane will not be able to move the ships faster than lightspeed to save the planet. Ender's children must save her if they are to save themselves.

We see the ending of Ender the Xenocide, though his spirit finds a way to live on in another body, free from the guilt he's carried all his life from his heinous yet innocent acts of his youth. Some love stories fire up, making it more exciting for my female self, and you bite your nails to know if they'll really destroy the planet full of communicating trees and pequeninos you've grown to love (the only ones left when they destroying machine comes).

The book is exciting and has a happy ending. It is the fourth in a long series. I'm sure I'll review them all. It kind of drives me crazy that he gives so few personal details about anyone, but it still is a great read. Rated PG-13 for language (probably less than 2 handfuls of them) and for 2 bodies turning to dust and disintegrating (not too awful, even for my weak stomach, but could be creepy for younger readers) and 4.6 stars.

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