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Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

Ender in Exile (edition 2008)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Ender in Exile
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Books (2008), Hardcover, 384 pages
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    Karlstar: Ender's Game is one of the best science fiction novels ever! Most people read the 2 novel version, which includes 'Speaker for the Dead'. Highly recommended!

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If you've read Ender's Game and the two series that followed, you'll want to pick up a copy of Ender in Exile, which fills in the time between Ender's unwitting destruction of the buggers/formics, and his future travels that begin with Speaker For the Dead. We see the seeds of Ender's future planted here, events set in motion which set a direction for his life in years to come.
Unfortunately, this book suffers from being a transitional, "fill in the gaps" volume, one that was never really necessary in the first place. The result is that far too many pages are taken up with Ender, Valentine, Hyrum and other characters engaged in exposition. They talk, expound, plan and explain. I was over 200 pages into the book before I felt as though something was really happening.
This isn't a bad read -- but only pick it up if you have really enjoyed all the other stories that take place in the Enderverse. (If it's been a long time, you might find yourself struggling to remember some of the details that make up the past and future of the characters you will encounter here.) At times, I warmed to the feeling that I was getting a deeper look into Ender's psyche. Much of the writing is clever and intellectually stimulating. And, the narrative picks up toward the end, finally introducing some badly needed intrigue and a bit of suspense. It just takes far too long to get there. ( )
  ksimon | Feb 6, 2014 |
Great Sci-fi. Describes the aftermath of "Ender's Game" from Andrew "Ender" Wiggin's perspective. Wrapped in the old story: soldier finishes his duty and goes home...but Ender can't go home, so what does he do? Having read some of the pre/sequels, I can begin to see the author setting up future events that approach Ender's concern with genocide question of "Ender's Game." Additionally, this book seems to resolve some issues with Bean's life. Fascinating and twisty, can't wait for my next download/listen. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 16, 2014 |
I would've given 3.5 stars, but it's not possible on Goodreads. A good "filler" for the story, but I disliked how Card is going to have to change future editions of the book. ( )
  lgwapnitsky | Jan 6, 2014 |
Twelve discs of meandering, bloated melodrama. I loved the original four Ender books. Card made Ender and Val too clever for their own good. Val especially came off as a manipulative, condescending snatch. i partially blame the actress reading her though. Mysogeny ahoy as well. This was probably one of the most unnecessary things I have ever read, and like the Bean books, cheapens the original story. For the love of god, OSC, please leave the Ender-verse alone. ( )
  gypsycab79 | Jun 25, 2013 |
This was a very pleasant read. It's great to see Ender young again, instead of the quasi-saintly middle to old age man in the previous Ender's Game sequels. There are some inconsistencies, both in plot an worldview between this book and the original Ender series, which Card acknowledged, but didn't do much about. In some ways, I think I much prefer this version. There are several important tie-ins to the parallel Shadow series, so I strongly recommend you complete those books first or you would not fully appreciate the climax. I personally think that Card's own worldview has changed a bit, most notably in regards to preemptive warfare, and he therefore changed some of his characterization. To me, the biggest inconsistency is that toward the end of Ender in Exile, Ender basically expunges his guilt by accepting violence from Achilles. He's at peace, ready to move on with his life. But of course the older Ender in Speaker for the Dead still very much feels the guilt and spends his life trying to make up for what he did. Why? I think Card has changed his perception, but he was not able to re-write the character in the previously written books. I suppose it's a problem inherent with writing a series out of order, but the inconsistency on something this crucial is pretty annoying. Maybe I'm just being petty, but worldview is very important to me, especially in a series that is meant to be deep. Still, this is a book I recommend for being enjoyable and tying off some major loose ends from both Ender and Shadow series. ( )
  MashaK99 | Jun 11, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765304961, Hardcover)

After twenty-three years, Orson Scott Card returns to his acclaimed best-selling series with the first true, direct sequel to the classic Ender's Game.

In Ender’s Game, the world’s most gifted children were taken from their families and sent to an elite training school. At Battle School, they learned combat, strategy, and secret intelligence to fight a dangerous war on behalf of those left on Earth. But they also learned some important and less definable lessons about life.

After the life-changing events of those years, these children—now teenagers—must leave the school and readapt to life in the outside world.

Having not seen their families or interacted with other people for years—where do they go now? What can they do?

Ender fought for humanity, but he is now reviled as a ruthless assassin. No longer allowed to live on Earth, he enters into exile. With his sister Valentine, he chooses to leave the only home he’s ever known to begin a relativistic—and revelatory—journey beyond the stars. 

What happened during the years between Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead? What did Ender go through from the ages of 12 through 35? The story of those years has never been told. Taking place 3000 years before Ender finally receives his chance at redemption in Speaker for the Dead, this is the long-lost story of Ender.

For twenty-three years, millions of readers have wondered and now they will receive the answers. Ender in Exile is Orson Scott Card’s moving return to all the action and the adventure, the profound exploration of war and society, and the characters one never forgot.

On one of these ships, there is a baby that just may share the same special gifts as Ender’s old friend Bean

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At the close of "Ender's Game," Andrew Wiggin--called Ender--is told that he can no longer live on Earth. The 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begins the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

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