Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.
But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, he will reshape our future.
Here is the continuing saga of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.
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"Fans will enjoy an exciting, fast-paced plot and a suspense-filled conclusion." (Amazon.com)
"Once again, Card keeps the action, danger, and intrigue levels high." (Booklist)
Loved all the books until this one. Very anticlimactic. I would have enjoyed a twist of some sort or more out of the villain. He was built up so much and defeated so easily.
Some of the parts of the book drag on and the religious stuff setting up Bean's babies is forced but I like where the book is going even if it's a bit annoying how it gets there. Production qualify is far better aside from the jarring music between sections that isn't very good and certainly isn't needed.
Card's writing is fantastically engrossing. I love all of the Ender books and was sad when I finished them. But the Shadow series is every bit as good and the characters are just as likable. My only complaint is that I went through them all so fast and I wish there were more. A++
I've listened to everything in publishing order so far. All of the flaws in the earlier books are amplified in this one. The story should be good and the characters are mostly interesting up until this book.
I've thought for a most of the story (the series so far), that Card was writing a book to be used in an English Lit class to introduce philosophy and maybe even comparative religion. Up to this point, the books are a good conversation starter. Then suddenly the characters changed.
Bean just changes, he doesn't evolve. He doesn't really struggle through anything other than tough situation. Petra becomes obsessed with "making babies." I get it, they are supposed to be horny teenagers, but Petra was annoying, and Bean was just better than the mediocrity around him. Peter was rather uncomplicated for a person who was known to the world as two different people.
The story is supposed to be about extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. Unfortunately it is a story about rather boring people caught up in rather uninteresting situations.
I did want to like it. The characters have interesting backstories. They are all geniuses reshaping history.
Even more frustrating was Card treating the readers like idiots. He had to explain every allusion to Achilles. Yes, we know about about the heal, and the arrow. This also makes the characters seem stupid.
So overall, disappointing, but it didn't suck so bad that I didn't finish.
Fun to read, if you like the Enderverse. Not so much if you like good characterization. Peter Wiggin, in particular, is completely abandoned and wasted in this story.
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