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Ender's Shadow (Ender, Book 5) (original 1999; edition 2002)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Ender's Shadow (Ender, Book 5)
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Starscape (2002), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 480 pages
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Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card (1999)


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Absolutely amazing. I love this world and the characters are just so great. Bean is my favourite and I can't wait to read more stories with him as the protagonist. AHHH SO GOOD!!! ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 20, 2015 |
Absolutely amazing. I love this world and the characters are just so great. Bean is my favourite and I can't wait to read more stories with him as the protagonist. AHHH SO GOOD!!! ( )
  ebethiepaige | Oct 17, 2015 |
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  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
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. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Oct 27, 2014 |
Bean is more badass than Ender. ( )
  Gobbers | Sep 28, 2014 |
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Ender's Shadow is being dubbed as a parallel novel to Orson Scott Card's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ender's Game. By "parallel," Card means that Shadow begins and ends at roughly the same time as Game, and it chronicles many of the same events. In fact, the two books tell an almost identical story of brilliant children being trained in the orbiting Battle School to lead humanity's fleets in the final war against alien invaders known as the Buggers. The most brilliant of these young recruits is Ender Wiggin, an unparalleled commander and tactician who can surely defeat the Buggers if only he can overcome his own inner turmoil.

Second among the children is Bean, who becomes Ender's lieutenant despite the fact that he is the smallest and youngest of the Battle School students. Bean is the central character of Shadow, and we pick up his story when he is just a 2-year-old starving on the streets of a future Rotterdam that has become a hell on earth. Bean is unnaturally intelligent for his age, which is the only thing that allows him to escape--though not unscathed--the streets and eventually end up in Battle School. Despite his brilliance, however, Bean is doomed to live his life as an also-ran to the more famous and in many ways more brilliant Ender. Nonetheless, Bean learns things that Ender cannot or will not understand, and it falls to this once pathetic street urchin to carry the weight of a terrible burden that Ender must not be allowed to know.

Although it may seem like Shadow is merely an attempt by Card to cash in on the success of his justly famous Ender's Game, that suspicion will dissipate once you turn the first few pages of this engrossing novel. It's clear that Bean has a story worth telling, and that Card (who started the project with a cowriter but later decided he wanted it all to himself) is driven to tell it. And though much of Ender's Game hinges on a surprise ending that Card fans are likely well acquainted with, Shadow manages to capitalize on that same surprise and even turn the table on readers. In the end, it seems a shame that Shadow, like Bean himself, will forever be eclipsed by the myth of Ender, because this is a novel that can easily stand on its own. Luckily for readers, Card has left plenty of room for a sequel, so we may well be seeing more of Bean in the near future. --Craig E. Engler

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Follows the life of Ender Wiggin's comrade Bean, from his escape from the mean streets of Rotterdam, to his student days at the Battle School, and to his role as Ender's right hand ally, strategist, and friend in the epic struggle to save Earth from alien invaders.… (more)

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