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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"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)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Bean was always my favorite character. This it was very enjoyable as he discovers what is truly happening in his world!
Having read ender's game, I really enjoyed this book as a complimentary novel that expanded upon the ideas of the first. It's great for readers who want that extra insight into the world that ender, bean, and the buggers call their own!
This is as good as the original. instead of reading speaker for the dead, and following Enders story line, read this much better "sequel" instead. I lost all interest in this universe after speaker for the dead, but this story rekindled my interest. A better story arc, and a better character to follow after the end of Enders game, if you want more of this story universe read this book instead.
I am immortal. I have inside me blood of kings. I have no rivals. No man can be my equal.
You need to read Ender's Game first. The office will tell you different but I disagree. This is a lovely story that takes place during English game. But you really need to have that story first.
Bean is splendid. I particularly enjoyed the parts which involved Bean's interactions with the teachers. A great story and wonderfully told. It couldn't have bean much better.
Definitely darker than Enders Game but a very compelling story. Narration was spot on... Truly not a sequel but a retelling.
Despite my political disagreements with Card, I can't deny that I love his writing. It would be trite to say that this is Ender's Game from Bean's perspective, because it isn't. It's so much more. It's about growing up weak and in poverty, about studying people you can't ever understand, and about what it really means to be human.
In a way, I think Bean is a much more interesting character than Ender. While both Ender and Bean have superhuman abilities, Bean is the emotionally-immature outsider who has to fight for everything he gets. Ender, who let's face it, is beloved not as a real, distinct character and but because he's a symbol of the smart kid winning against the bullies.
Read Ender's Game first. Speaker and the Dead and Xenocide are also great. Shadow of the Hegemon is okay. The other Bean and Ender books are pretty missable, especially the third in the Bean series, which spends an inordinate amount of time talking about how important it is to have kids. That one feels pretty much like Orson Scott Card shaking his cane at all the irresponsible youngsters.
Kudos to the narrator. I always get excited when I see Scott Brick's name on a book.He adds just the right touch of pathos to his characters and makes even terrible books almost tolerable.
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