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Ender's Shadow (Ender Wiggins Saga #5)

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ISBN13: 9780812575712
ISBN10: 0812575717
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Publisher Comments:

Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with a novel that allows us to reenter that world anew.

With all the power of his original creation, Card has created a parallel volume to Ender's Game, a book that expands and compliments the first, enhancing its power, illuminating its events and its powerful conclusion.

The human race is at War with the "Buggers," an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win.

The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth — they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging then into an irresisible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean — the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers.

Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older.

Bean's desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender...

Review:

"As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic yet hopeful, wondrous and strange." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] novel whose author took a chance and produced a book that is both a worthy experiment and enjoyable story. There's nothing wrong with that, and quite a bit that is right." Greg L. Johnson, The New York Review of Science Fiction

Review:

"While Shadow stands alone, the two books work well together because the overlap builds on both of them, making them a rich and meaningful reading experience." Library Journal

Review:

"Card is a master storyteller." The Seattle Times

Review:

"There are many exciting twists, turns and subplots and Card manages them all adroitly." KLIATT

Synopsis:

The novel that launched the bestselling Ender's Shadow series.
 
The human race is at War with the "Buggers," an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth--they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In Ender's Shadow, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....

About the Author

Born in Richland, Washington in 1951, Orson Scott Card grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He lived in Brazil for two years as an unpaid missionary for the Mormon Church and received degrees from Brigham Young University (1975) and the University of Utah (1981). The author of numerous books, Card was the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel two years in a row, first for Ender's Game and then for the sequel Speaker for the Dead. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina.

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mjdeloss, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by mjdeloss)
This book is a must read for any card fans. It changed the way I looked at the series and its characters. Orson Scott card does an amazing job of bringing a well known story to life again. This book was timeless and intense.
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fae, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by fae)
I had already read Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead and decided to give Ender's Shadow a try. It is a fantastic book! I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Ender's Game. It is written from the character Bean's point of view and although the events are the same, it is a completely different story but with the same feeling as Ender's Game. I loved Bean in Ender's Game and so this was so much fun to read and get to learn SO much more about him and Ender's world.
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nrlymrtl, December 20, 2012 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Once again, Orson Scott Card shows his depth of understanding of the human heart and psyche. While not as moving as Speaker for the Dead, Ender’s Shadow still contained several poignant moments. Pretty soon, we are rocketing up to Battle School with Bean who has to learn a whole new way of life, including friendship and trust. Even though I already knew the outcome of the many confrontations from reading Ender’s Game, it was still nail biting suspense to see them through Bean’s eyes. Of course, there were a number of events that happened in Bean’s life that are not in Ender’s Game, keeping the reader interested even though the book’s ending is known.

My one complaint with this novel is that cleverness and knowledge seem to by accentuated in Bean’s character, even beyond what I would allow for a genious kid. Without spoiling anything, there is a scene where Baby Bean hides in a small thing of water for several hours. Now, putting aside the brain power and knowledge necessary to do so successfully, a hairless being that small needs to be concerned about hypothermia. These instances were few and small, but still I feel they detracted a bit from the overall novel, especially since I know what Card is capable of in Speaker for the Dead.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812575712
Author:
Card, Orson Scott
Publisher:
Tor Books
Read by:
Brick, Scott
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de Cuir, Gabrielle
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Brick, Scott
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de Cuir, Gabrielle
Author:
Cuir, Gabrielle De
Author:
de Cuir, Gabrielle
Author:
de Cuir
Author:
Gabrielle
Author:
Sowers, Scott
Author:
Brick, Scott
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Ender (fictitious character)
Subject:
Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Wiggin, Ender
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
mass market ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Ender's Shadow
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
December 2000
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 480 pages Tor Books - English 9780812575712 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic yet hopeful, wondrous and strange."
"Review" by , "[A] novel whose author took a chance and produced a book that is both a worthy experiment and enjoyable story. There's nothing wrong with that, and quite a bit that is right."
"Review" by , "While Shadow stands alone, the two books work well together because the overlap builds on both of them, making them a rich and meaningful reading experience."
"Review" by , "Card is a master storyteller."
"Review" by , "There are many exciting twists, turns and subplots and Card manages them all adroitly."
"Synopsis" by ,
The novel that launched the bestselling Ender's Shadow series.
 
The human race is at War with the "Buggers," an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth--they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In Ender's Shadow, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....
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