After listening to Speaker for the Dead, I couldn’t wait to start Children of the Mind. I loaded it onto my Kindle, hit play and got rolling. The book is satisfying. I have to make sure I put that on the record, but it drops you in after a rather large event, and there is a ton of philosophy education in the beginning that I felt took the momentum of the book away. I feel that Speaker is far and away the best in the series, but that doesn’t mean Children isn’t worth reading (or in this case listening to).
There are some wonderfully intimate and dramatic moments here. There are some very rewarding climaxes and a few plot twists that I think readers will enjoy. I understand (though I’m unfamiliar with the series) there are some other books that fill in some of the gaps, so perhaps readers who take the time to look into the other books in the series, there will be less of a jolt going from Speaker directly to Children.
The characters are a strong point for Card. The way he uses interaction to show readers who these people are is something I think helps Card stand out. The dialogue is, as always, snappy and clever.
I don’t make a habit of summarizing the plot, and I won’t here. I felt it was slow in the beginning, then picked up the pace and enjoyment as it drew closer to the climax (which was worth the price of the book all by itself).
Children leaves at least one question in my mind that I desperately want answered, but it leaves the readers in a good place when it’s all said and done. Though there are other books in the universe, I find myself most curious to see what happens after Children. Children gives readers a contemplative, emotional resolution to the Ender’s Quartet.