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Review: Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

November 18th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: October 1, 1998

Publisher: Tor Teen

Series: Ender’s Shadow #1

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:

If Julian Delphiki, known as “Bean,” has learned anything from living on the streets, it’s how to survive. And not with fists—he is too small for that—but with brains.

Bean is a genius with a magician’s ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weakness. What could be a better quality in a future general to lead Earth in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race?

Recruited for Battle School, a military installation designed to select and train children as future officers in the International Fleet, Bean meets Ender Wiggin: soon to become his best friend, and his greatest rival….

Readers can revisit the events of Ender’s Game through the eyes of Bean in this companion or parallel novel. Readers who have not read Ender’s Game will want to read it as soon as they finish Ender’s Shadow. As Orson Scott Card says, “these two books complement and fulfill each other.”

My Thoughts

Wow, Ender’s Game has been one of my favorite books since I read it years ago and I’ve held off reading any of the other books because I heard the rest of the series was disappointing. I finally caved when a friend told me that Ender’s Shadow made them feel the way they did when they read Ender’s Game. Plus, I always liked Bean in Ender’s Game and was curious to see things from his side.

So if you were like me and hesitant to jump back into this world don’t worry, Ender’s Shadow was just as amazing as Ender’s Game. I never imagined the sort of background Bean would have come from and the things revealed about him. His story really was like peeling back layers of an onion and each layer revealing something unexpected. As a companion novel maybe about 1/2 or 1/3 covers the same situations as Ender’s Game but nothing feels redundant or boring being rehashed because seeing things from Bean’s eyes puts an entirely new spin on what is going on. It also makes you start to rethink how you saw Ender and honestly I want to go back now and re-read Ender’s Game to try and put the two POVs together.

I don’t want to ruin any surprises so I’ll just leave it as this is definitely a book you want to pick up if you were a fan of Ender’s Game. Simply amazing and one that’s going onto my favorites shelf.

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