i thought the hole ender plot had to run dry sooner than later, so i had low expectations for this book, i was wrong. its one of my fav in the series. it is much more on the political side then the others, but i liked that. very inteligent. i listened to it twice in one month just to make sure that i got in all the details. and i will probibly listen to it again. the naration is very well done as well.
And Buffalo George
It's hard to write a cogent review of this book because it's really just a 'tweener between Shadow Puppets and Shadow in Flight. In this one the continual reminders that Bean is dying are annoying. Interesting insight on Islam (from a Mormon?) As are the continual search for Bean's babies...as if OSC couldn't loose one and then have him/her resurrected in the next book? The geopolitical conflicts were interesting and you have to wonder where OSC obtained those ideas? This completes the "Shadow" series for me...read them all. Liked the first one best.
This is Orson Scott Card at his best. Great story arc and complex characters without the overly simplistic plot devices of alien invasion or super genius pathological killer antagonist.
This story fills in details on those who stayed on Earth in the Enderverse, and I felt it fit beautifully with the other parts of the story. Traffic, touching, heroic and human. If you like the stories that went before you will enjoy this one as well.
The intense emotions of the characters. I also liked the involvement of the characters from Battle School who were part of his group in the Ender series.
You better keep the Kleenex handy. This one will make the hardest person sob.
I have listened to the entire Ender series and all but one of the Bean series. They are all wonderful, but this is possibly the very best one.
Yes... if he was a fan.
Great dialogue among characters.
Different voices for different characters
I would not make this into a film
not a waist of time, interesting story. i just think that the smartest person on earth, Bean, would make a better father then described. he's such a failure in this book that it's hard to believe the author spent 3 volumes building him up just to tear him down like this. i am just mad on Bean's behalf ;)