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Ender's Shadow | [Orson Scott Card]

Ender's Shadow

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this 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. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.
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Publisher's Summary

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 this 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. 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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©1999 Orson Scott Card; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

"An exceptional work." (School Library Journal)
"An absorbing, near-flawless performance." (Kirkus)
"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)

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    Amber Ft Worth, TX, United States 02-17-08
    Amber Ft Worth, TX, United States 02-17-08
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    "Great!"

    This was a great book. I loved Ender's Game and this was just as good.

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    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
    Kelso dallas, TX, USA 01-11-08
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    "Mr Bean, Mr Bean, Mr Bean"

    this one is every bit as good as the 1st. it is captivating from the very beginning and maintains a solid story line all the way thru the book.

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    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 12-18-07
    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 12-18-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Excelent"

    If you liked Ender's Game this is an Excelete addition. I found it added something to see some common evvents threw a second set of eyes. Plus beans backstory made me eger to listen to the rest of the shadow series. Once again great work Mr. Card

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. stone boulder creek, ca 07-19-07
    G. stone boulder creek, ca 07-19-07 Member Since 2006
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    "$$$$"

    As good as Enders Game! Get it!!

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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-13-07
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-13-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but as good as Enders game"

    Well...It was good but after Game was a bit of a letdown..nice to fill in what happend to bean..but kind of takes away from what ender did..ruined it a bit...

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    Michelle 2205 Cape Horn Ave Coquitlam 01-11-07
    Michelle 2205 Cape Horn Ave Coquitlam 01-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "bean is better"

    Its ironic, i know this whole series started with ender, but i like the books about bean better. I have read every book in the ender series, and this is one of my favs. I actually like it better than enders game. I would recomend reading enders game first if you havn't already.

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    Vernon springfield, OR, USA 06-20-06
    Vernon springfield, OR, USA 06-20-06
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    "Read"

    I agree with all the reviews that say this book is powerful enough to stand on its own. However, reading "Shadow" first would spoil some of the most affecting moments in "Game" and deny you layers of context as you read "Shadow". Read both books, and read "Game" first.

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    Justin casper, WY, USA 05-05-06
    Justin casper, WY, USA 05-05-06 Member Since 2006

    Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.

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    "great book"

    You will not be let down.

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    Kenneth Franklin, TN, USA 04-27-06
    Kenneth Franklin, TN, USA 04-27-06
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    "Excellent!"

    Ender's Shadow adds depth to Ender's Game and gives additional insight into the characters. If you liked Ender's game--you'll love Ender's Shadow.

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    Dave Andover, MA, USA 02-24-06
    Dave Andover, MA, USA 02-24-06 Member Since 2002
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    "An instant ATF"

    It is probably better to start with Ender's Game, but this is every bit as great. An instant all-time favorite.

    Card is, as usual, outstanding. So are the readers.

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