Looking ahead to the upcoming movie that has the entire Ender series to use for source material, I thought it would be worth my time to read the immediate sequel to "Ender's Game" and see if I could fill in a few gaps of what I know happened to Ender between that book and "Speaker for the Dead." As a fan of the original books and Card I dove in with enthusiasm. Sadly, the book did not meet expectations. I learned little more of Ender's life than what I'd already gleaned from the original books and common sense. While the e-mail conversations at the beginning of each chapter are interesting, the rest of the book tires under the weight of Card talking at length about what people are thinking, why they are thinking it and what their intentions are as if I couldn't figure it out on my own. It drags the pace of the novel to a staggering crawl. The challenges Ender face in each chapter pale miserably in comparison to the other books, and I found myself bored by the third Act to the point I didn't care much any more. I already knew what would happen next. Stefan Rudnicki remains the king of science fiction audiobooks, and his fellow cast helped shape an uninteresting tale into an audio play that made my time worthwhile. If you're a fan of the Enderverse, by all means dive in. If you're looking for action, stick to the Shadow series. My best suggestion is to skip this one and just re-read the original series again and then enjoy the movie.
Be warned not to read this book before the first four Shadow books, it continues some storylines from those books, and therefore has major spoilers. It can certainly be read before or after the Speaker books. I very much enjoyed this interim story in the Ender saga, and recommend it. It would be nice if this producer would clean up and update the other audiobooks in this series. (Well, Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow were fine, but Speaker for the Dead and Shadow of the Hegemon were poorly produced, unfortunately.)
Great book in the Ender series. Should be read between Ender's game and the Speaker for the dead.
Excellent team throughout the Ender series.
READ THIS SECOND IN THE ENDER SERIES.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
This was an enjoyable reminiscence into the Ender Wiggins story. This book fills in the details immediately after Ender ended the Bugger War.
Although written years after the original Ender's Game and even Speaker for the Dead, etc. the rest in the series, this book is a nice fit. I'm happy that the author chose to revisit this part of Ender's life. It wasn't just an author looking to rehash an old hero, you can tell that Orson Scott Card put a lot of thought into this work and I for one thank him for it.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone, provided they read Ender's Game first. (with 'read' in both the present and past tense - sorry for the pun, I couldn't resist.)
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Last week I was browsing through Audible.com for a new book and saw that Orson Scott Card had released a new book last week that tells the story of the first Formic War (Earth Unaware). It is getting fairly mixed reviews right now. But I will probably still get around to reading it soon.
That led me to looking around to see if there were others Orson Scott Card books that I have not read. I found Ender in Exile in my library. By description I did not remember reading it. I remembered it within minutes of starting it. But it was good so I re-read (re-listened?) to it.
Again many people did not like it. And I get some of the point. It is a bit disjointed. There are really three or four different short stories that are tied together here. There is a main theme. But that theme is really about what makes life important. If you have read Card before you will know that what makes life important for him is children.
So throughout this book are children that are sacrificed for. Children that are beneath the thumbs of their parents. Children that are lied to and manipulated into believing that those that raise them are their parents. And the adults that have chosen all of humanity to be surrogate children instead of having their own.
Space travel and the relativistic speeds of flying faster than light creates all kinds of issues for humanity and the individuals that must leave family behind forever if they are going to fly into space is an interesting concept. And Card milks it well.
My impression is that this is one of the books where Card’s Mormon faith is strongly influencing the philosophy and ideas behind the book. But I just do not know enough about Mormon faith to be sure.
Card is clearly conservative in outlook. His very pro-family. Supportive of the military. Interested in institutions (but wary of them). Understanding of human weakness (and sin, although he does not use that word).
So because I like idea books, I really like this book. But if you like action books, skip this one. If you like the Shadow Series but didn’t like any of the books in the Ender series after Ender’s Game, skip this one. But if you enjoy the ideas in Cards book you will probably like this one (even though it feels like a collection of short stories.)
Card has a note at the end of this book where he admits that there are discontinuities between this book and Ender’s Game and some of the other books. After all Ender’s Game was originally a short story that was expanded into a full novel. And now there are well over a dozen books in the series.
Yes, he likes to leave story lines hanging so I want to find out what happens.
The female performers have a drawn-out airy quality to their voices, often annoying. The performer who reads Ender's parts has a mechanical voice, but still my favorite of all.
Orson Scott Card churns out book after book. This one was written to cover up what he had messed up in the story line. He mentions in his interview he does not re-read his material to make sure the story line makes sense. He will however, have you pay another $25 or so to get the picture straight. Not cool.
I may have no idea what the question actually is but I'm still positive the answer is "42"
I would recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of the Ender series. It Could still be a good story for someone else but you would be missing so much back story that I think the full impact of the book would be kinda lost.
Over all I did like this book, and for Ender fans its def a 4 star book. Though I think that a non Ender fan or someone that hasn't read atleast Ender's Game might rate it lower.
The story and the characters were true to Ender's Game. I love to read anything in the Enderverse and Card does an excellent job in this book.
Just like all the rest, the conflicts and interactions between characters are phenomenal.
The narration was superb.
Ender can't be matched.
I felt like this was written just to "fill in" and tie up loose ends, too many threads of story, not enough single main plot/conflict. I was disappointed.