Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
(Ender Wiggin Saga)

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Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with the novel that begins The Shadow Series and allows us to reenter Ender's world anew.

With all the power of his original creation, Ender's Shadow is Card's parallel volume to Ender's Game, a book that expands and complements 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 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 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....

 

About Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card is the author of numerous bestselling novels and the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards 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.
 
Published May 19, 2002 by Tor Books. 484 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Science & Math, War, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Manfully resisting the temptation to rewrite his successful 1985 child-warrior saga, Ender’s Game, Card instead offers a parallel yarn, told from the point of view of Ender Wiggin’s lieutenant, Bean.

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Bean is not as perfect as Ender Wiggin--hero of the Ender Quartet, begun with Ender's Game and concluded with Children of the Mind--but he becomes Ender's ally.

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Just as Ender's Game focused so tightly on Ender, Ender's Shadow focuses on Bean.

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SFFWorld.com

After reading Ender's Game I read all the books by OSC that I could get my hands on but my favorites are still Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Shadow of the Hegemon.

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SFFWorld.com

(Apr 17, 2001) Ender's game was a wonderful book.

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SFFWorld.com

So, in reading about Bean after Ender's Game, it braces you to be thrust back into Ender's life, and gives you insight into the way a genius matures into an adult.

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KidsReads

But tragedy strikes, when Achilles turns on Poke and kills her, so Sister Carlotta ends up taking Bean into her home and prepares him for battle school.

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CNN.com

(CNN) -- Bean is the youngest and smallest kid in battle school, younger and smaller than the school's legend, Ender Wiggin.

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Ben Casnocha

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is one of the most popular science fiction novels of the past 20 years.

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Comic Book Resources

Trust us, no comic fan can afford to miss Ender’s Shadow: Battle School #1 (of 5)!.

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