Children of the Mind - Ender 4 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Two alien cultures and a few human ones are just about getting along on this planet after a couple decades. But suprize! Humanity is en route to destroy it. Can the now grown Ender and his reanimated siblings save the day? Can Card actually finish this series? And what is Jane going to look like?
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The review of this Book prepared by sambatterson

Tor, Aug 2002, 15.95, 347 pp.
ISBN: 0765304740

Ender Wiggin continues to redeem his life following the genocide he once caused. Ender resides on the planet Lusitania, home to the indigenous Pequeninos, a human settlement, and the Hive Queen he saved.

Ender soon finds life is a circle as the weapon that he used thousands of years ago has come to destroy his adopted home. The Starways Congress has sent a fleet to destroy the planet out of fear of a virus traced back to Lusitania. They also want to kill Ender's friend, Jane the computer for they are afraid of her ability to control communications. Jane tries to save the sentient races of Lusitania before the Congress shuts down her intergalactic Net. Meanwhile Ender makes a last stand by creating replicas of his brother Peter and his sister Valentine.

The conclusion of the Ender's series is a strong entry that readers will appreciate if they have read the previous novels. The tale provides the Orson Scott Card's powerful philosophy of involvement inside a strong redemption story line. However, many threads tied up in this novel will mean nothing to new readers, as this book is not a stand-alone. Still CHILDREN OF THE MIND is a fine finale (with new dangling threads) to a wonderful series.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

The planet Lusitania is home to a deadly virus that must be destroyed to save humanity: The planet Lusitania is also home to two sentient species that will be exterminated along with the virus if the interplanetary governement has its way. The human colonists of Lusitania are in a race against time to find a solution to the problem before the governement fleet arrives and destroys the planet, the virus and everyone else.
The review of this Book prepared by Will B.

The government want to destroy the planet, so 2 characters go to convince the government to stop. All of the other main characters try to fix the problem that made the government attempt to destroy them in the first place.
The review of this Book prepared by Meg Kyrieleison

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 42.5%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 27.5% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good computer AI Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   feelings of a human growing up among aliens

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   neutral aliens    -   primitive aliens    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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