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Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's Game-Shadow Saga (2), Ender's Game, Enderverse (9)

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The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more.
But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heroes; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter.
Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world.
Shadow of the Hegemon is the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.

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Not very futuristic science fiction, so it did not really appeal to me. Nevertheless, the book was brilliant, as you can expect of OSC. I am still eager to continue The Shadow Series. Hopefully, it will be a bit more political and less realistic military strategy.
What's interesting is that it is very similar to The Eugenics Wars Volume 2, simply significantly better. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
I had a hard time trying to decide between 3 or 4 stars. I sometimes have to remind myself that 3 stars is still considered good, maybe not great or perfect but still good and worth the read. I really did enjoy the book and it was what I was expecting. In this one we follow Bean and Petra having returned to Earth after the war and the politics and political problems the world faces with having super intelligent and trained commanders returning home. Of course there is Achilles who becomes a thorn in the whole mess. If you liked the Ender series and Ender's Shadow then you should like this sequel to Ender's Shadow.
I had read Ender's Shadow a long time ago when it first came out but remember most of it so I did not re-read it again before starting this.
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  sgsmitty | Jun 14, 2023 |
Shmeh. Ender's Shadow was a refreshing visit back to Ender's Game. This was not. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender, Book 6) by Orson Scott Card (2001)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
Hegemon leaves the confines of Battle School to enter a world of international politics, and as much as I love international politics, I was glad Card didn't abandon the characters and character-level plot. Bean grows, Petra grows, Peter grows (though he's relatively ancillary--he's neither protagonist nor antagonist), Achilles...doesn't really grow. In Ender's Shadow, for a few paragraphs, we actually saw into Achilles' mind. In this book, we see him act and others' evaluations of his behavior, but they add nothing new to his personality--in fact they fail to draw on the peak we got in the previous book.

Over all, this book is similar in style to the previous two and added an aspect I very much enjoy (high-level politics, not just individuals bickering and seeking power), but I didn't enjoy it quite as much. Achilles did not interest me, and the genius of Bean, Peter, etc. occasionally felt unbelievable to me when applied to human behavior rather than strategy. There's a point where Bean insists Achilles would have at least three back-ups--why at least three? I don't care how smart Achilles is or how well Bean knows him. Humans make decisions far too arbitrarily and options are far too varied to be predicted with that degree of specificity. Attempts to display the intelligence of the characters ranged from really good to kind of terrible.

Though not as good as Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow, this is definitely worth reading if you loved the previous two in this thread. ( )
  lkbm | Jan 23, 2020 |
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Card, Orson Scottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birney, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Cuir, GabrielleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Falkenstern, LisaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Charles Benjamin Card
You are always with us,
you see through all the shadows,
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singing in our dreams
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Nothing looked right in Armenia when Petra Arkanian returned home.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more.
But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heroes; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter.
Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world.
Shadow of the Hegemon is the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.

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