Children of the Mind

Children of the Mind Book Cover Children of the Mind
Ender's Game Series
Orson Scott Card
Science Fiction
Tor Books
June 1997
Mass Market Paperbound
384
2014 Yingkai L

THE STORY:
The planet Lusitania is inhabited by three sentient species. But, after the word of a deadly virus on Lusitania spreads to humankind, the Starways Congress gathers a fleet with a powerful weapon meant to be used on Lusitania, to wipe the planet out of existence. An evolved computer intelligence, Jane, has learned how to travel faster than light, and can send the residents on Lusitania to safer planets, but she is being shut down by the Starways Congress as well. Ender, the person that brought the Hive Queen, a sentient species, to Lusitania, is wrapped up in his own problems with his wife, Novinha, while Ender’s stepson Miro and Ender’s aiua creations hurry to devise a way to find as many inhabitable planets as they can with Jane’s power, and try to stop Starways Congress from destroying Lusitania. As Ender starts to die, along with Jane, Miro starts to love Jane and Ender’s aiua creation, Valentine, while Wang-mu, traveling with Ender’s second aiua creation, Peter, loves Peter as well. Peter and Wang-mu succeed at convincing Starways Congress to stop the fleet, however, the admiral at the head of the Lusitania Fleet disobeys the order to stop his fleet, and must be stopped by Peter. When Jane dies, her aiua is transferred to Ender’s aiua creation’s body, Valentine, and Ender’s dead aiua, along with Valentine’s aiua traveling to Peter. They must now find out a way to stop the admiral of the Lusitania Fleet, and Jane has to adjust to her new body, then maybe try to continue Jane’s faster- than-light trips.

MY OPINION:
At first, I thought this would be more of a cross between adventure and with scientific, but as I read further into the book, I found some romantic stories, along with some dragged out deaths that I found interesting, because the aiua of the dead characters get transferred into new bodies, so in a way, the dead still lives. I also found many heated arguments and philosophical sayings from Peter, Wang-Mu, and “God Whispers”. This book has some complicated vocabulary, but the book is easy to comprehend and addicting to continue until end. I would suggest this book for the ages from 13-18. This book has a good theme and conflict, but the ending is a bit too romantic. If I were to go back in time, I would choose this book again, because reading the book is an exciting experience, and is hard to be put down after reading a few chapters into the book. This book can help readers know a bit more vocabulary if they are around 8th grade level, and if they bother to check out the unknown words in a dictionary. I  wish that the author may mention a bit about Han-Qing-Jao, who is the one that writes the “God Whispers” at the start of each chapter, instead of the having one sentence from the “God Whispers” book. Overall, I rate this book 8 out of 10 stars.

STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:

FIRST SECTION
1. Why did Wang-Mu lob a bee at Peter?
1a. She lobbed a bee as the way to prove that Peter still had his own individual thoughts, even if he is being controlled by Ender’s aiua. (pg. 20)
2. What is the reason for Ender to take out the jewel in his ear, then showing the jewel to Novinha?
2a. Ender showed the removed jewel to Novinha, so he could show her that he cut off the connection to his dearest friend to be with Novinha. (pg. 30)
3. What kind of “image” was Young Valentine to Ender?
3a. Young Val is what Old Valentine was when she was working with Ender on “The Hedgemon.” (pg. 49)
4. Why was Peter’s clothing shameful to him as he walked out of a restaurant where he recently had a meal with Wang-Mu?
4a. The clothing he wore were bad for a man of too much dignity and strength like him. (pg. 73)
5. Why was Novinha crying outside of where Ender lay sick and after Ender said a word to Pilkt? (Why isn’t she in the same room as her dying husband?)
5a. Novinha was crying, because Ender called for Peter, and not for her. (pg. 141)

inflections (pg. 3)
exodus (pg. 41)
eclectic (pg. 64)
prim (pg. 124)
pertinent (pg. 171)

MIDDLE SECTION
6. Why does Miro ask Ela and Quara to come with him on a starship, when Jane might not be able to bring them back from space?
6a. He wants them to help him comprehend the Descoladore Planet. (pg. 181)
7. What does Valentine want Novinha to do when Ender was dying?
7a. Valentine wants Novinha to “let” Ender go. (pg. 195)
8. What happened after Jane’s aiua took possession of Ender’s bodies?
8a. Jane tried to let go, because she wasn’t happy there. (pg. 207)
9. Why does Miro tell Young Val that she isn’t anything but Ender, and he never loved her?
9a. Miro must tell her the words that will make Ender “give up” Young Val’s body. (pg. 225-230)
10. How did Jane take possession of Ender/Val’s body when she was trying to give it to Ender?
10a. Ender gave up the body, instead, to Jane. (pg. 235)

disparate (pg. 187)
myriad (pg. 207)
quibble (pg. 218)
predicament (pg. 249)
flippant (pg. 254)

LAST SECTION
11. What feelings does Jane have that Miro calls “influenza”?
11a. Jane feels “giddy stupid happiness.” (pg. 278)
12. Why does Miro think all he is is a diversion to Jane?
12a. Miro feels this way, because Miro thinks he is loving somebody greater than himself, and that he will never know how much time Jane actually devotes to Miro himself. (pg. 292)
13. Why does Lands put a docility patch on the back of Causo’s neck?
13a. Lands decided to blow up Lusitania, and Causo might stop him from disobeying orders, telling Lands not to blow up Lusitania. (pg. 320)
14. Why were there no prayers after Pilkt finished “speaking: Ender’s life?
14a. The bishop did not want this unreligious ritual to be a part of his church. (pg. 357)
15. Why does Orson Scott Card feel a “powerful kinship” with Kenzaburo Oe?
15a. Both have brain-damaged kids, and both have to deal with this “simple fact of life”.

mirth (pg. 270)
invigorates (pg. 302)
peril (pg. 319)
methodology (pg. 344)
pithy (pg. 355)

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