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....
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1 . Heartwrenching at first
Posted July 22, 2013 by Flippitti , Sierra Vista, AZ USBean's story is heartwrenching at first. The story is told from Bean's point of view starting from around the time that Ender's Game began and weaves through Bean's experiences in Battle School, meeting Ender and his interactions with Graff and the other students and ends around the same time that Ender's Game also ended. There were many parts of Bean's story that made me sad. I'm not sure that he triumphed in the end but at least his life was different. The story flowed well, even when it seemed to get a bit politcal and religious. It opened my eyes to a different point of view. I'm going to read the rest of the Shadow series and then finish the Ender series. Loved the book.
2 . As good as the first.
Posted May 14, 2010 by Sara , Dallas, TxIf you are at all skeptical about this after reading Children of the Mind, don't be. This book is as good as Ender's Game. It starts before Ender from the point of view of Bean. It is so interesting to see this book from a different perspective. Great Read!
December 01, 2000
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