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Earthborn (Homecoming Saga #5)

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,472 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
On Earth, whole peoples have descended from the Children of Wetchik. But the Oversoul who guided the journey there has not yet found the Keeper of Earth, the central intelligence that can repair its damaged programming.
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Published April 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1995)
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Jan 12, 2009 Zach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the only book I've ever bothered to review on Amazon because it pissed me off so much. Text follows.

So you've read books one through four. You were impressed by Card's fascinating premise in book one, started to get really turned on to his idea of "god as a machine" in book two, loved the fantastic revelations and conflict in book three, and were intrigued by the first-hand narratives of diggers and angels in book four. I guess I should see how it ends, you say to yourself.

Don't be a foo
Johnny Leal
This book... *sigh*

Card is my favorite Sci-Fi author. The first four Homecoming books were fantastic. Many seem to complain about how much Mormonism is in this series (specifically book 5) but that's just it; The novels were actually BASED on the book of Mormon. I'm not of the Mormon belief myself, and no offense meant by this but - Mormon beliefs make for great science fiction, heh.

Anyway back on topic, this book is not about the characters you come to love and hate in the first four books of t
Jun 22, 2015 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like in the other Homecoming books, the characters are very well designed and realistic and I quickly got interested in them and the plot. I got a slower start on the first 30-or-so pages, because of the new naming scheme and the all new characters. But after this, the story started flowing.

The focus on religion is stronger, but it also deals with racism and discrimination against women. I saw that many readers were disappointed of its significantly religious nature, but for myself it did noth
May 02, 2014 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt Card had literally lost the plot by this point!
According to the first books in the series, the mighty computer that has kept the planet Harmony harmonious for millions of years (the 'Oversoul') is now beginning to run down. Because it has achieved this by limiting technology, there is no technology on Harmony advanced enough to fix it, so it sends a party back to Earth, where it had originally come from, for fresh instructions.

By the time the party reach Earth, though, they have apparent
Nola Redd
Mar 09, 2014 Nola Redd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Card fan, Alma the Younger fans, sci fi people, folks who will forgive the dribbled ending
Recommended to Nola by: Card
Of all of Orson Scott Card’s books, “Earthborn” is probably my least favorite. It is not that the novel is not well written – it is – or that it lacks a good story – it does not. But its role as the fifth and final book in a series makes it feel like an incomplete ending.

Unlike the rest of the novels in the Homecoming series, “Earthborn” lacks most of the characters we have come to identify with. Of the original cast, we have only Shedemai, the Oversoul, and the Keeper of the Earth. I never re
Aug 19, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
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Jan 19, 2012 Ella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book pissed me right the eff off. I read this whole series two and a half years ago and I'm still mad thinking about it. You spend four whole books getting invested in a series of characters, a particular world and culture, etc., and then the final one is set thousands of years in the future with a totally new society? If that's what you wanted why not just write it as a stand alone? It really felt like he just got bored with his premise and got as close to rocks-fall-everybody-dies as he c ...more
May 08, 2016 Matias rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Me lleve una sorpresa muy desagradable con este libro. Jamas espere que una saga excelente se tornara tan mala tan rapido y estoy muy decepcionado con el resultado.
En primer lugar, la historia pasa de ser una de ciencia ficcion con problematicas atrapantes y soluciones ingeniosas a ser una historia mas bien teologica y politica. En mi opinion me resulto muy insipida.
Otro de los problemas con los que me encontre fue que, a pesar de que no venia muy bien la historia, tenia la esperanza de que algu
Alex Dove
May 28, 2015 Alex Dove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was very disappointed with this book because it made the previous 4 seem like a very long and almost unnecessary prologue, almost the reverse of The Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This plagued me because all of the characters, conflict, and intrigue that had been building up were suddenly reduced to a distant memory that may or may not have actually happened (in the minds of the characters of this book at least).

Other than this I have had problems with the Homecoming sage as
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earthborn (1995) 420 pages by Orson Scott Card.

This is the fifth (and concluding) volume of the Homecoming series. I was really happy that no Nafai/Elemak battle. There was a recurring theme in the first four books that Elemak would get mad, insanely mad, and try to kill Nafai. Nafai would survive, but he couldn't use the same tactics or he would lose control of his supporters. They would follow Elemak instead of him. Four books and Elemak never changed.

Earthborn was a start contrast. Here we ha
Morgan Schreffler
Jan 03, 2016 Morgan Schreffler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to what others say about this book, I really enjoyed the final volume. Yes, the new name scheme is a bit annoying, and yes, it sucks that we don't get to see what happened to the characters from books 1-4. However, I loved that Shedemei turned out to be Jesus and I liked the true nature of the Keeper (though I was disappointed at the lack of explanation of the Keeper's faster-than-light communication). For those readers who didn't like the jarring change of literally everything when ...more
Debra Meyer
If you have ever read the Bible and the book of Mormon, then listening or reading this series will give your brain a serious slap. I have trouble giving this series a good rating simply because if this had been done with any other books there would have been such screaming of plagarism so loud that the books would have been buried and never to see the light of day again. What Card has done is taking the 2 books and cut out and mixed up all the stories of the bible and the book of momon, changed ...more
Mel Windham
The last of the series takes place 500 years into the future. So right off the bat, everyone I cared about is dead. The naming conventions have changed. Women have been placed in a submissive role. And people are starting to doubt the stories about Nafai and his family.

As a story, this one was my least favorite out of the five. I could have stopped with Book #4, which had a satisfying end. The new characters just aren't as interesting. Some of the characters flip-flop more than politicians, and
Derrick Affolder
Mar 18, 2016 Derrick Affolder rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After loving the storyline in Books 1-3 I was committed to finishing the series. Book 4 meandered a bit but he seemed to be setting up the conclusion... then Book 5 happened. Which is in almost no way related to the rest of the series. I started it, taking it with a grain of salt because I wasn't really blown away by Book 4 but I couldn't even finish it. Apparently at some point you learn the true nature of the Keeper, I'm going to assume he's actually God and not a machine like the Oversoul. I ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Marlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, far more than I was expecting to. In some ways, this book may be disappointing. Almost everyone from the series is already long dead at the start of the book. The book is set hundreds of years after Nafai's family. However, I knew this when I started the book, and though I was disappointed that those characters weren't in it, I still ended up loving the book for itself and loving all of the new characters in it. The book is definitely about religion, but I personall ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Jadie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really being generous here when I say that Earthborn was "okay," but to say I disliked it would also be too extreme I feel. If I could, I would say it's somewhere in the middle. When I first started reading it, I was horribly disappointed. The book is set about 500 years after Earthfall, the last book. The only original character that is left is Shedemei. The rest are referred to as ancient heroes by the people in Earthborn and very few know the true stories of the Heroes, though Nafai inscr ...more
Nathan Johnson
Jul 10, 2010 Nathan Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 28, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt like the concept of the Homecoming series was intreging. Mankind exiled from earth, the promised land, until they learned to get along better and evolve into better people. Technology was stifled to keep us from killing each other off in the meantime. Millions of years later mankind is no better but they get to return...hmmm.... Oh, and 'god' is a computer called the oversoul...

The series was a quick read that was easy to get through but not satisfying. It just seemed like a retelling of
Oct 12, 2010 Brenda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, dnf
It's been a long time since I read the other books in this series. In fact, it was in June of 2003 that I read Earthfall (book 4 in the series). I honestly don't remember much about them, but according to my goodreads ratings, I really liked them a lot.

I couldn't even finish this one. I think it's mainly because I didn't care for the story, but also contributing may be that I'm not LDS (and there is just so much in here that parallels the Book of Mormon, and it's too blatant to ignore), and als
Molly G
Reread 12-26-09

Reread 7-21-11. Remember loving it more than I expected to, and still do. Find aspects of it almost painfully/nauseatingly upsetting: the anti-agnostic, anti-intellectual passages. They are mitigated, very beautifully and even truthfully, by the bigger picture of the plot and characterization, whereby logic alone can be used to justify anything, and intellect that is NOT objective is dangerous indeed, but twisted by unaccepted, repressed emotionality; and true intellectuals (e.g.
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
It has now been a few hundred years since mankind returned to the planet Earth after an absence of some 40 million years. Brothers Nafai and Elemak were never able to mend the rift between them and with the death of their father, who led his family back to Earth, their differences were irrevocably set in stone. The planet’s new population grew quickly in the ensuing years with the descendants of Nafai, the Nafari, always at war with the Elemaki, with the Earth’s two new sentient species, angels ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 22, 2008 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
The first time I read the series, I skipped this last book. When I was making my way through the series again, I decided that this time I was going to make it though, no matter what. It wasn't initially appealing, I think, because the characters you've come to know and love over the course of the last four books are all gone but for one character. It didn't take long for me this time, though, to become interested in the new characters and the conflict that was building.

In the end, though, this b
May 10, 2007 Ellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is really more of a religious and political commentary than a science fiction novel. Card has some really interesting characters and tells a good story, but unfortunately his books have way too much Mormonism in them to completely appeal to a non-Mormon audience. Although it seems like the ends of the series are more religious than the beginnings. Perhaps he is getting more sure of himself with regard to using his religion in his books. In this book the Mormon imagery just gets out of hand, ...more
Chris Anderson
I enjoyed this book, mainly because I like the first 4 so much. This one is different. I've read a lot of reviews on this book...I am not religious nor do I dislike religion, so the Keeper of the Earth religious undertones did not bother me except in the fact there was so much of it that the book got a little boring at times. I know nothing of Mormon except what you could read on a Wikipedia page, so I really do not see the similarity. If there really is so much Mormon influence in his books.... ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bien des siècles se sont écoulés depuis l'épopée du retour sur terre. Les descendants de Nafaï ont fondé de multiples royaumes et cohabitent tant bien que mal avec les anges et les fouisseurs. Depuis son vaisseau en orbite, Shedemei, gardée en vie par le manteau de pilote stellaire et de nombreuses périodes d'hibernation, surveille le développement de la planète avec l'aide de Surâme, l'ordinateur-dieu qui les a guidés depuis le début. Mais il lui reste encore un mystère a élucider : pourquoi l
This book takes place generations after the last book which makes it both an outlier of the five books and a hell of a lot more confusing than it need be. As it has been generations, the stories of the first four novels have become legends and the legends have become myth and are religious in their overtone.

I was pleased however that Shedemi, the character I came to love over the last two books remained alive in the cloak of the Starmaster spending hundreds of years asleep and waking up to tend
Rob Bleckly
I read the first chapter and gave up.

For me it isn't really part of the homecoming Saga, only one character left and it's not the main protagonist followed since book 1.

The ridiculously complicated naming conventions require 4 pages of explanatory notes, are an exercise for linguists that make it hard to read.
Carena Wood beimler
Don't read this book. Pretend there are only four in the series. I wish I had.

The first four books were amazing. This one not at all. The first 200 pages were confusing and overly concerned with what suffix meant what. Then there were 90 pages written in the style of the first books. Then 40 pages of what felt like preaching but wasn't good enough to be called that.
Amloid Mesa
Well I don't know if it was a fitting ending, but this book was and is and ending to this saga. I must say at times I went back and read my bible while reading this book. I have read the Ender books and at times I thought card was preaching or teaching morality but in this series, I was reminded of the exodus
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