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Shadows in Flight | [Orson Scott Card]

Shadows in Flight

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.
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Publisher's Summary

Ender’s Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel....

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children - the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history.

But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come. For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders - the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship’s colony.

©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    T. Ryan Rochelle, Il. 03-19-15
    T. Ryan Rochelle, Il. 03-19-15 Member Since 2015

    Lycoris

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    "Disliked the ending"

    I've really enjoyed the stories in the "Ender verse", including this one. I just didn't care for the abrupt ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jason monbeck 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great story to lead off into the final book"

    this is a great book the sets the tone for the final noval of the ender universe. it also puts a good end to the sad end of beans life. i cant wait for shadows alive to come out to bring the ender and shadow series together!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GMD 01-29-15
    GMD 01-29-15
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    "Too short...(no pun intended)"

    Really enjoyable story and character development, however, It was too short. The author was going for a short novel format in this story (he says so in the epilogue). Part of me feels like I am being greedy. I wanted more since it was so good and it leaves too many questions The other part of me feels that this story could have been one of the greatest novels in both the Ender and Bean series if it continued to develop more of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Idaho Falls, ID, United States 01-06-15
    Jeanette Idaho Falls, ID, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a cheerful person. I am plagued by nightmares, so I don't want to read books about scary and violent plots. I like wholesome books.

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    "This is not a gentle book"
    Would you listen to Shadows in Flight again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed the story. The character do a lot of growing. I felt like I grew along with them.


    What other book might you compare Shadows in Flight to and why?

    There is a whole lot of excellent dialogue. I enjoyed that.
    Another book that has lots of above average dialogue is "My Family and other Animals" by Durrell, Gerald, but "My Family..." is a delightful comedy. I guess some of the bantering is similar to Shadows in Flight. Shadows... is almost a tragedy throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I am grateful for the way it ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 02-27-14
    Ryan 02-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible ending to a fantastic series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is full of nonsensical babble and a lack of excitement. I found it terribly difficult to relate to any of the characters. This was a surprise because the "Shadow" series has been my favorite of the Ender Universe. I found Bean to be the most diverse and unpredictable of Card's characters which made for such excellent story telling. This book lacks all the redeeming qualities of its predecessors and leaves you bored throughout its entirety. I was about ¾ through the book when I finally called it quits and decided to stop wasting my time. I recommend you leave this one alone..


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    Matthew 12-23-13
    Matthew 12-23-13
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    I've read most of orson scott card's work,
    While I have enjoyed his stories this and ender in exile seem to be greater delivery devices for his right wing conservative view points and at times I felt like he was getting a bit preachy. Additionally this in particular felt a bit rushed towards the end and the use of plastid control of gene expression felt a bit deus ex machina, in part because it felt like card din't really get it himself so he hashed it in to solve a plot problem without actually making the effort to integrate anything into the story.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    rushed ending
    preachy


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    ender


    Did Shadows in Flight inspire you to do anything?

    nope


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    Amazon Customer Indiana 09-07-13
    Amazon Customer Indiana 09-07-13 Member Since 2012

    just myself

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    "Halfway there (or less?)"

    Production is better than the earlier books. Story reaches a conclusion, but there is obviously much more story to tell. Shorter than I would like, but not as short as I feared. Note to the author: I don't want to save money on impulse purchases with books in an established storyline; I want a full, rich, engaging story with multiple arcs and the continuation or completion of plotlines yet left unfinished or foreshadowed from prior books. Note to the producers: Thank you for not having annoying poor music interludes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan FILLMORE, CA, United States 08-22-13
    Juan FILLMORE, CA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

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    "Good but Disappointing"
    Would you listen to Shadows in Flight again? Why?

    No, it was good the first time and brought me back to the character I really like reading about. But it was to short and it seemed like it did not have the same passion the other Shadow series had.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Orson Scott Card? Why or why not?

    I read Ender's Game but did not continue the Ender's series. I instead read all of the Shadows series. I fell in love with the series and read it religiously. But I heard mix reviews of his other works and could see my self buying any of his other works.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like how it goes into the different perspective and it was well done. It keep to the other books in the Series


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, It had a few lull parts and being a short book and having lulls is not good.


    Any additional comments?

    Pick it up if you read the Shadow Series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Leidl Double Bay, NSW Australia 07-19-13
    Robert Leidl Double Bay, NSW Australia 07-19-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "A must read for Bean fans."
    What did you love best about Shadows in Flight?

    As a continuation of the Shadow series, this book provides some answers to what happens to the kids and Bean after leaving Earth. I loved the story telling, the anticipation and the insite into the children's characters.

    I also loved how the author provides the pieces of the puzzle that answer questions about the Hive Queen and how the drones and workers are controlled and related.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows in Flight?

    My most memorable moment was the what learnt about the inter relationship of the workers, drones and the Hive Queen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discovery of how the Ark was piloted.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The final hope of a species.


    Any additional comments?

    Orson Scott Card does a great job of continuing the story of Bean and his children. This is a must read for those who are fans of the Shadow and Ender series. I was hoping for a satisfying book that would bring some insite into Bean and his children, and I was not disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George 12-09-12
    George 12-09-12
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    "Book #9"

    I began to feel the theory of diminishing marginal returns with this book. But, then I looked it up. This is #9 in the series of ~ 13 book series that began with Ender's Game.

    This one is the story of Bean, one of the kids from battle school, all grown up. No spoilers, here.

    I liked the book a lot more when I reflected upon it's meaning. Where is #10

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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