Ender's Shadow

Card, Orson Scott

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Ender's Shadow
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 Shadownbsp; 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: 1st ed.
ISBN: 031286860X
Characteristics: 379 p. ;,25 cm.


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Nov 18, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 01, 2014
  • Kutysv rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Aug 13, 2014

I think Superman_Wu meant a 180 not a 360.

Aug 02, 2014
  • Dixiedog2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 01, 2014

Great book Bean's psychology is fascinating.

Dec 29, 2012
  • Superman_Wu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Utter Brilliance.I read this book after I read Ender's Shadow and although I do admit that after reading this, I already knew what was gonna happen, this book did a total 360. Having bean as the main character totally added another dimension to the already awesome Ender's game and all the little details in the first book appeared as beautifully fabricated nuances in Ender's Shadow like Demontheus and Locke's news circulating on the net. It's as good as the first and the ending is kinda left on a cliff hanger. I desperately want to see what happens next!

Dec 03, 2012
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book, a shadow story of the original charachter, Ender, and the life of the children conscripted into military life as told by one of his classmates. A clever device by the author which really challenges his readers to think about the Ender story from a different perspective.

Jul 24, 2012
  • meldaravaniel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm in love with this series. Sure, maybe Bean's story isn't as awesome as Ender's, but it was still moving and kept me hooked to the last page. Next book, please!

Jun 20, 2012

There are a few minor contradictions between the Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow novels in comparing the two. However, in my opinion it isn't nearly as good as Ender's Game. I found the side-story a little dull.

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Violence: A child is hung from a ventilation duct.


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