“Children of the Mind” By Orson Scott Card 

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By: Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
Series: The Enderverse, Book 13
Length: 13 hrs and 24 min
Release date: 08-04-04
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

I’m not sure why the rest of the books in the Ender Wiggins (Ender’s Game) series were as popular as the original, but they all are very interesting books to read. They all have some deep moral conflict to deal with and show the progress of modern man. I think mainly because “Ender’s Game” was written for a younger audience, while the others tackled some really thought provoking issues. This book was the perfect end to the Enderverse. There are some books written after this one but they are all prequals or stories within the timeline already filled.

If you have not read an Ender book, definitely pick up “Ender’s Game” and go from there. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books in the series, I have a couple of short stories and some prequels to get to, and I will, but for now let’s talk about how this book saves 3 species from genocide by the Starways Congress (Earth’s politicians).

The three species are the Pequeninos, the Formic Hive Queen (from the original), and a self aware artificial intelligence known as Jane. The Starways Congress wants to destroy the planet Lusitania where Ender has found to be the perfect place to bring back the Formic species to live alongside the Pequeninos. The problem is the Pequeninos carry the Descolata virus which will kill the human race. Ender and Jane know they can come up with a cure, but can they do it before an attack fleet arrives to destroy them all?

Morality and the issue of Artificial Intelligence are deeply researched through this story providing the perfect end to the Enderverse. I have always said that a good Sci-Fi story will bring up issues which affect us everyday and show that adversity can be overcome. Give this series a chance and get some good reading done.

The narrators share the duty of presenting the story depending on whose point of view the story is being told from. Genius delivery and division of text, making the audiobook irresistible.

Publisher’s Summary

The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender’s oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

Children of the Mind is the fourth and final volume in the original Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Hugo and Nebula award.

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