Finished book 3 and 4 of the Ender series.
Did not like the ending of Xenocide. During the author’s comments at the end of the book he talked about how he was writting one book, but discovered it was going to be too long so he split it in to two – Xenocide and Children of the Mind. Children of the Mind does pick up exactly after Xenocide ends – same as the Lord of the Rings books do.
But in an effort to wrap up Xenocide, the author added a short chapter resolving one of the characters life – the book would have been better of without the wrap up.
I enjoyed the 2 books – as I did the complete series. These 2 books were much more “talky” – I can see why kids like Ender’s Game over these books. Ender’s Game had much more action and moved faster. These 2 books, and also the 2nd book in the series – Speaker for the Dead – were focused on the character interaction. I think 2 very strong themes in the books were 1) conflict, i.e. war, is bad; and 2) religion.
The first book – Ender’s Game – is a good action story, but I liked the rest of the books in the series for the characters, how they interacted with each other, and how they resolved the challenges they faces.