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    Orson Scott Card(Author)

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The exciting conclusion to the Homecoming Saga. In the 40 million years since the first humans set foot on planet Earth, the land has changed beyond the recognition of the Overlord. All the travelers from Harmony are dead, save only Shedemi whose sole purpose in life is to find the Keeper of the Earth.

The exciting conclusion to the Homecoming Saga. In the 40 million years since the first humans set foot on planet Earth, the land has changed beyond the recognition of the Overlord. All the travelers from Harmony are dead, save only Shedemi whose sole purpose in life is to find the Keeper of the Earth.

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  • PDF | 378 pages
  • Orson Scott Card(Author)
  • Tor Books; 1st trade ed edition (May 1, 1995)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Grant Robinson on June 20, 2013

    I was completely engrossed in this the last of the five book series. Excellent reading and you couldnt put it down.The whole series was excellent and just flowed from one to the next. Highly recommend Orson Scott Cards writing.

  • By J. Michael Shepherd on November 24, 2010

    Reding the Homecoming series was always a hot and cold event for me. The story is interesting, and the characters are at least somewhat compelling, but there is very little in the way of character growth. Nafai learns maturity by the end of the first four books, but he is about the only character that develops of changes. The same basic plot elements are present in the first four books, with very little in the way of a plot 'journey'. That said, on to Earthborn. The book takes place some five ceturies after Earthfall. All of the characters of the previous books are long dead with the exception of Shedemei who is present, but largely uninteresting. Frustrating as I am a biologist myself and wanted to like her the best. I have been told that this series is a science fiction adaptation of elements of the book of mormon. Perhaps this is true, but I could not say not having read the book of mormon. This book is easily the most overtly religious of all the books, even though the theological tone in the first four is heavy. At least with those books there was a purpose and a plot that was missing from Earthborn. This book dwelled a lot on equality, choice, and the belief that everyone has an innate sense of good and evil. Regardless of how you may feel about the philosophies, the book largely fails to make it at all interesting. One problem is the characters. The book will dwell on a character just long enough to get you mildly interested then drop them, often barely mentioning the character again. Some of the major characters are dealt with again, but never long enough to really pull the reader in. Overall the whole development of the 'plot' seems overly convoluted and boring. The development from start to finish could have been covered quite well in a single concise chapter. Instead Card drags this through pseudo-intellectual muck that makes it as hard to finish a book as I have ever read. I almost had to force myself through it, hoping against hope that there would be some news worth hearing, some resolution to the series premise. This was not the case. The Oversoul's dilema that was the root cause of events being set into motion are dealt with in such a brief, backhanded manner that you could almost miss it. While I could see myself re-reading the first four books of the series again, I doubt that I will ever bother with this book again. Unless I need an insomnia cure.

  • By Chris Slooter on May 20, 2014

    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.... let me add that if Orson Card were a member of either of the other big two religions he would be one blasphemous fellow.

  • By James Kane on October 21, 2017

    Cant complain about this series. Each book keep encouraging more read

  • By Allen W. Law on November 22, 2006

    It's the final book in the Earthbound series by Orson Scott Card. Shedemei is the sole living character from the earlier story of the journey from Harmony. Her life is being extended by her status as the Starmaster of the Basilica and by help of being in stasis for long periods of time. She awakens occasionally to check in on civilization and to tend her gardens. Meanwhile, on Earth below, the peoples descending from Nafai and Elemak are warring. Some cling to their belief in the Keeper of Earth and some do not.The story begins with slavery...the slavery of Akma and his family and his people. As a result of their miraculous escape, Akma has developed a deep disrespect for his father, who essentially converts their captives and leads them out of slavery. As the story progresses, racial hatred crescendos and the angels and diggers are discriminated against by some of the humans. It is the Keepers wish that all species be able to live together in peace, but those who deny the existence of the Keeper take a very modern "politically correct" stance against those who are not human.In this book, the author tackles quite a few modern issues in his development of his Earth. The attempt to prove God's existence. Rationalizing church/state issues. Racial tensions. Much time is spent in Earthborn on religious themes like baptism, faith, prayer, visions and even some theology. (The author is a Mormon and has an interest in Biblical history.)One disjointing issue that I can't quite understand is that the previous four books have focused on one set of characters, Nafai and the band of travelers. In Earthborn, the final book in the series, all but one of the original characters is already dead. The setting is several hundred years after Earthfall. I found it hard to get into this book at first due to the fact that the author made us start over right at the end of the story with new characters, naming conventions and cultures. I suppose there wasn't any other way to do it, but it was quite a jump.


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