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Shadow Puppets (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Shadow Puppets
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Science Fiction (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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This book is about the battle school alumni making good or bad things happen in the world. The first part of this book deals mainly with the character’s relationships-- the second half is more political/military. I kept looking for Dr Evil and Mini-me to pop out. Thankfully, they did not. The series is about Bean, but the reader does not identify with him as well as in previous books...even though he and Petra are making un/ethical decisions about child bearing. This book is definitely not as intriguing sci-fi as some of the others in the Ender Game series. It's more like a romantic cop book crossed with a dash of Clancy. ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 20, 2015 |
It's hard to believe that Shadow Puppets came from the same author as two of my favorite books, Ender's Game and Pastwatch. Card's characters behave so oddly that I was frequently jolted out of the story. Bean and Petra fawning over each other? Petra desiring Bean's babies? The latter is somewhat touching if shown as an internal monologue, but no, she can't stop saying it to his face. WTF? How old are they? I don't care how intellectually gifted you are. Nobody sane acts like this. Orson Scott Card's was not on his game this time around, and I think the major culprit is that he let his conservative Mormon beliefs slip through the cracks too much. Was it intentional? Card is a brilliant writer and a huge contributor to the annals of science fiction lore, but if you pull back the curtain too far, reveal the storyteller too much as what happened in Shadow Puppets, you risk plainly seeing a man with unsettling views on abortion, marriage and homosexuality.

Side note: The audiobook performers have been mostly the same since the start of the Shadow series, but their pompous tones have never been more off-putting than now. I fault the writing over the recitation. Everyone sounds so smug it's irritating. Since I am determined to finish this series, the best I could manage was to grit my teeth and power through. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Feb 16, 2015 |
Not sure bout this either, but made the last one a 5 so this is a 4 ( )
  Gobbers | Sep 28, 2014 |
This book is Orson Scott Card's excuse for a diatribe, and an unfortunate waste of paper. All previous characterization is disregarded in favor of hijacking individual characters' personalities and morphing them into a singular voice, telling the reader one thing: The meaning of life is to "make babies." ( )
  stephiewonder | Apr 12, 2014 |
Oops! I skipped book two and went straight to book three. It stood on its own though and I enjoyed it. It carries on the story of Bean as he tries to finish the struggle between his nemesis--Achilles. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
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In Shadow Puppets, Orson Scott Card continues the storyline of Shadow of the Hegemon, following the exploits of the Battle School children, prodigies who have returned to an Earth thrown into chaos after the unifying force of the alien invasion they stopped in Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow has dissipated.

Foremost among these whiz kids is the brilliant Bean who, in Shadow of the Hegemon, rescued his comrades from his nemesis--the dastardly Achilles. Now, the down-but-not-out evil genius is again scheming towards global domination and vengeance against the irrepressible Bean. It's up to Bean and his newfound love, Petra, to outwit the young psychopath and save the world. Meanwhile, the other Battle School children are called to serve again as an expansionist China threatens the stability of post-Bugger War Earth.

Shadow Puppets is, for better or worse, exactly what readers have come to expect from Card. There are thought-provoking musings on geopolitics, war, courage, arrogance, good versus evil, and the concept of children wise beyond their years dealing with grave responsibility. Unfortunately, many of these furnishings are looking a little frayed around the edges, but fans will enjoy an exciting, fast-paced plot and a suspense-filled conclusion. --Jeremy Pugh

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:39 -0400)

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As the nations of the earth attempt to control the children trained at Battle School, Peter Wiggin continues to consolidate his power with the help of Bean and Petra.

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