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Shadows in Flight

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's Game-Shadow Saga (5), Ender's Game, Enderverse (14)

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Ender's Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel...

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his childrenâ??the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgottenâ??a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth's history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wondersâ??the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship's colony.

Shadows in Flight is the fifth novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Ser… (more)

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Probably the most recently published book I ever read, only 6 months old. It was good. Not necessary at all for the Shadow series. Nevertheless, it was nice to be reading scientific fiction again. The family dynamic was very interesting and all the deaths poetic. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Buyer beware! This particular edition appears to be a shortened, illustrated version. It only has 123 pages and with a large image on every third page, it is more like 80. This was just all right, it also appears to be a YA version - but once you've read it, you'll know the entire plot. I recommend the full version. If you really want to know what happened to Bean, then this is fine. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 29, 2023 |
This was the fourth and final book in the Ender's Shadow series. And boy was it different. Suffice to say that it continues after the third book but this story is about Bean (the Giant) and his three children on the ship traveling through space. Because it was such a different setting and story from the other sequels I found it very interesting. Also the book is short in comparison to the others so it was a quick read. I read it on my Kindle and it was an enhanced book with illustrations which were kind of cool.

I've heard that some day the author will write a book to join the Ender series to the Shadow series which this book certainly would allow. I look forward to that. ( )
  sgsmitty | Jun 14, 2023 |
As always very enjoyable. Read it straight through. If anything too short and quick. Can't wait for more? ( )
  royragsdale | Sep 22, 2021 |
I was hoping for more action from Bean, but at least we get closure on this character. His kids were hard for me to picture, being six year olds and doing the things they do in the story; I guess I would have liked more reminders throughout that these exceptional kids are just little kindergarten types. I liked the book, but there are others in the series that are far better. ( )
  GlenRH | Jul 26, 2021 |
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Card's graceful storytelling gives this narrative the feel of a parable or a futuristic myth; it is bound to please the author's fan base and readers who enjoyed the first book.
added by Christa_Josh | editLibrary Journal, Jackie Cassada (Jan 1, 2012)
 
Card’s fifth novel narrated by Julian “Bean” Delphiki (after Shadow of the Giant) mingles transcendent strangeness and didacticism.
added by rretzler | editPublishers Weekly (pay site) (Nov 28, 2011)
 
...but don't worry, plotting has never been what Card is all about. The author has always superbly written about children, and here he's in top form.
added by rretzler | editKirkus Reviews (Nov 21, 2011)
 

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Card, Orson Scottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Card, Emily JaniceNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heyborne, KirbyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

Ender's Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel...

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his childrenâ??the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgottenâ??a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth's history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wondersâ??the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship's colony.

Shadows in Flight is the fifth novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Ser

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