Ender's Shadow

Ender's Shadow

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Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with the novel that begins The Shadow Series and allows us to reenter Ender's world anew.

With all the power of his original creation, Ender's Shadow is Card's parallel volume to Ender's Game , a book that expands and complements the first, enhancing its power, illuminating its events and its powerful conclusion.

The human race is at War with the "Buggers", an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win.

The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth--they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging then into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers.

Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older.

Bean's desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....

Publisher: New York : Tor, 1999
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312868604
031286860X
9780812575712
Characteristics: 379 pages ; 25 cm

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susan_findlay
Dec 24, 2017

I put off reading this book for a long time because the summaries suggest that it's the same story all over again (as Ender's Game) but from a different character's perspective. That's really only true for the last third of the book though. The first two thirds or so describe Bean's back history in Rotterdam and how he got to Battle School.

Generally speaking, a good read. It seems expected that the reader has already read Ender's Game so this book doesn't even try to keep the twist a secret. I'm not sure whether or not it was expected that the reader had read the future Bean books. I had, and I found this one to flow nicely into them.

As in Ender's Game, Card's children speak and think far more maturely than their age would suggest reasonable (even for such gifted kids). Once you get past that, the series is great.

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Peep1900
Aug 11, 2016

This book was pretty good. The twists that tied Bean and Ender's stories were amazing and satisfying, however, I was hoping to get a better and more positive view of the school after the amazing but rather negative Ender's Game but didn't get that. Bean doesn't seem the feel the need to get into depth about the place so we kinda get the same thing all over again except from a new set of eyes with a different background that makes two very similar characters.

mvkramer Mar 11, 2016

Sorry, Ender. You're cool and all, but Bean is my new BFF. A quick read and a compelling story - can't wait to read volume 2!

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red_hawk_206
Jan 26, 2016

GGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRReaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttttttt

After reading Ender's Game, I was skeptical that I was going to enjoy this book very much. I was definitely wrong. Not only does it follow Bean's unique story, but it is interesting and fast-paced as it follows a very distinct adventure than the one Ender experienced. Bean's background, motivation, struggles, and focus are well-developed and different than Ender's making this book a good read in its own right. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Ender's Game.

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danielestes
Nov 18, 2014

Taking an immensely popular novel and rewriting it again only this time from another character's point of view isn't a good idea, right? The result would pale in comparison to the original or at worst be a complete disappointment and immediately shunned. Not in this case. Ender's Shadow, Card's parallel novel published fifteen years after Ender's Game, succeeds in almost every way it shouldn't.

Book one of this Shadow Quartet revisits the geopolitical near-future Earth that Card barely had a chance to explore in the original Ender books, but more importantly it's a definitive look at the character of Bean, one of the key players in Ender's battle against the buggers. At points you'll want to roll your eyes at how brilliant Bean is portrayed. It's almost unbelievable. But it still works in the context of who Bean is and where he comes from. My favorite moments are getting to climb aboard again at Battle School, which is every bit as exciting to read here as it was in Ender's Game.

Kutysv Sep 01, 2014

I greatly prefer Ender's Game to Ender's Shadow. While Bean was a very interesting character, there were a lot more introspective aspects to this book which made it seem more sluggish.

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irishdonut
Aug 31, 2014

I actually liked Bean's story better than Ender's. The latter got too strange for me at either book 3 or 4, but I'm not going to give any spoilers. I suggest you read both series, but if you read this one first I'm sure you'll understand what I'm saying haha.

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dickalan
Aug 13, 2014

I think Superman_Wu meant a 180 not a 360.

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Dixiedog2
Aug 02, 2014

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow (1999) - Ender Shadow Series Book 1 – is really Bean’s story. Excellent book! Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

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mvkramer Mar 11, 2016

Violence: Several murders occur over the course of this book - some of them children.

mvkramer Mar 11, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Violence and neglect directed against children.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

Violence: A child is hung from a ventilation duct.

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labrys
Aug 31, 2015

So much better than Ender's Game! Despite being a mini super-genius, Bean is a more accessible and resonant protagonist. Great summer read!

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