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Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
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Jun 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, science-fiction
Read from June 25 to 27, 2012

This is the final book in the Ender series. There are more books in the Enderverse, but when it comes to Ender himself, this is the end. All the happenings on Lusitania: the supposed treason of the people, the unbeatable virus, Jane's impending death, the intermingling of three sentient beings, not to mention Enders problems within his adoptive family, all come to a head in this final chapter.

The newly resurrected Peter and the young version of Valentine both struggle to figure out who they are exactly, and what their roles in the world will be. Together, with the help of all their friends and family, they come to the conclusion that they are not who they appear to be, but are an extention of Ender himself. This is slowly killing him as he tries to lead three lives simultaneously. There is an arrangement that untimately still leads to Ender's death, but leads to Peter becoming whole, and Jane finding a new home in the physical world. The Hive Queen and the Mother Trees aid in this arrangement which benefits them all in the end.

Novinha and her family struggle with their own familiar family problems while still trying to help with the tasks given to them. The infighting within this family slows their progress and sometimes seems to slow down the story. Luckily their verbal sparring does't last longer than a few pages. It becomes clear that Ender is torn between his allegiance to this family and to the rest of mankind. This also leads to his demise.

Even though this story seems to end on a high note, this still reads like a tragedy. Ender never seems to find peace until his early departure. Yes, he still "lives" within Peter, but for all intents and purposes, he is dead. Peter will go on with his memories, but he is still Peter, not Ender. I enjoyed this book, not as much as some of the other Ender books, but it was still well written and it still cleared most of the questions. Like most good stories, it still left some questions unanswered and left them up to your own imagination.
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