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Earthborn (Homecoming Saga #5)

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  5,756 ratings  ·  118 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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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
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
Mar 09, 2014 Nola rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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
Mark Hanson
The conclusion of the series jumps a little too far (several hundred years) to bring a nice conclusion to the storyline. It after getting to know all the main character through the first four books it was difficult to learn about all the new main characters ( of slow hush there are really too many). This really detracted from a book that good potential to bring a satisfying end to the series.
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
This was the final book in the Homecoming series. In many respects it was a story that could stand alone. With one exception ... all of the characters were new. The story was strong with many themes including religious freedom, redemption, love, finding oneself and impact of discrimination (as well as slavery). I must admit that I wasn't excited about the beginning of the book ... because I realized that it didn't have any of the characters that I grew to know in the first 4 books of the series ...more
I found this book extremely deep and insightful. I did not realize it was the last book in a series, and I have not read the others. After reading the reviews I'm starting to wonder if that was the better way to go about this series. Can't wait to read the rest of them!
Din păcate un început frumos și interesant nu garantează și un sfârșit asemeni. În volumul 5, Card pare că a uitat ce a vrut să spună când a început să scrie această serie și fiind în impas s-a inspirat din unele scrieri religioase, după cum constată unii cunoscători, și în acest fel romanul a devenit previzibil moralizator, deci ultra plictisitor.
The series started getting a bit too long for me, but I felt compelled to finish it. The effort to create this alternate reality was great. I was hoping for a twist at the end which Card obviously considered but didn't go with.
Jomel Imperio
Nothing much actually does happen, and the focus here is on the relationships between characters and how they develop over the course of the book. While the same can be said (to some extent) of the later books in the Ender series, for some reason this one didn't work quite as well for me. Maybe it's the sudden change of characters from the preceding books in the series (the involvement of an old character did liven things up for a bit), but none of the ones here really drew me in. Still, the res ...more
Daniel Fox
A fascinating series. Card wrestles with what is intrinsic to our nature as sentient creatures, and what is a god/God to that sentient species. Although the story suffered a very jarring "loss of steam" in book 5 with the introduction of all new characters except for a few, the names all started blurring together until the last 5 chapters or so. I found myself missing the characters I had spent so much time with in the precious 4 books.

Altogether a brilliant series with a series of final monolo
It is amazing that someone as bigoted as Card could write a series about how three species could live together in harmony....
Amy Stergar
I was disappointed at the beginning that the characters I had loved in books 1-4 were not in this finale... However once I got past that I enjoyed this as a stand alone book. Same great themes and deep thoughts on morality, being human, and faith.
This book followed similar lines to Alma and Alma the younger. Interesting concept of having diggers (rat like creatures), angels (bat like creatures) and humans trying to live harmoniously together. The underlying theme was how we as humans live with one another with the differences in culture and class. Often a certain group would want to elevate oneself and believe themselves superior to another. Whereas God views all equal in his site and wants us to treat one another with that equal respect ...more
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