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Ender's Shadow [Mass Market Paperback]

Orson Scott Card
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10 July 2002 Ender's Shadow (Book 1)
A companion volume to 'Ender's Game' follows the life of Ender Wiggin's comrade Bean, from his escape from the mean streets of Rotterdam, to his student days at the Battle School, and to his role as Ender's right hand.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Starscape Ed edition (10 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765342405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765342409
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,731,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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Ender's Shadow is being dubbed as a parallel novel to Orson Scott Card's Hugo and Nebula Award winning book Ender's Game. By "parallel" Card means that Shadow begins and ends at roughly the same time as Game, and it chronicles many of the same events. In fact, the two books tell an almost identical story of brilliant children being trained in the orbiting Battle School to lead humanity's fleets in the final war against alien invaders known as the Buggers. The most brilliant of these young recruits is Ender Wiggin, an unparalleled commander and tactician who can surely defeat the Buggers if only he can overcome his own inner turmoil.

Second among the children is Bean, who becomes Ender's lieutenant despite the fact that he is the smallest and youngest of the Battle School students. Bean is the central character of Shadow, and we pick up his story when he is just a two-year-old starving on the streets of a future Rotterdam that has become a hell on Earth. Bean is unnaturally intelligent for his age, which is the only thing that allows him to escape--though not unscathed--the streets and eventually end up in Battle School. Despite his brilliance, however, Bean is doomed to live his life as an also-ran to the more famous and in many ways more brilliant Ender. Nonetheless, Bean learns things that Ender cannot or will not understand, and it falls to this once pathetic street urchin to carry the weight of a terrible burden that Ender must not be allowed to know.

Although it may seem like Shadow is merely an attempt by Card to cash in on the success of his justly famous Ender's Game, that suspicion will dissipate once you turn the first few pages of this engrossing novel. It's clear that Bean has a story worth telling, and that Card (who started the project with a co-writer but later decided he wanted it all to himself) is driven to tell it. And though much of Ender's Game hinges on a surprise ending that Card fans are likely well acquainted with, Shadow manages to capitalise on that same surprise and even turn the table on readers. In the end it seems a shame that Shadow, like Bean himself, will forever be eclipsed by the myth of Ender, because this is a novel that can easily stand on its own. Luckily for readers, Card has left plenty of room for a sequel, so we may well be seeing more of Bean in the near future. --Craig E. Engler, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"An absorbing, near-flawless performance."-"-Kirkus""The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children's armies should keep readers turning pages."-"-Publishers Weekly (starred review)""An exceptional work." --"School Library Journal"

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Orson's Parallel Novel to "Ender's Game" 11 Aug 2004
There are very few examples of "parallel novels," and I must confess that when I think of such things it is Tom Stoppard's play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," which parallel's "Hamlet," that first comes to mind. Anne McCaffrey plays around with it to a limited extent in several of her Pern novels and there is a book out about Ahab's wife, but neither of those is trying to do what Orson Scott Card attempts in "Ender's Shadow." It is rare indeed when the original author decides to go back and cover old ground from a new perspective. But then as most of us well know by now, Uncle Orson does not disappoint his legion of readers.
The title character is Bean, who was introduced in the original novel as even younger and smaller than Ender Wiggin when he first arrived at the Battle School. The Bean of "Ender's Shadow" does not conflict with the character as originally presented in "Ender's Game," but certainly there is little to suggest in the first book of the true extent of Bean's abilities. There was the definite notion that Bean was closest to Ender in terms of being the chosen one, but it was a sketchy idea at best. The strength of this book is how Card expands Bean's character, developing the idea that Bean, the production of an illegal genetics experiment, is the main competition for Ender and perhaps the only viable alternative. It becomes clear early on that Bean is smarter than Ender, maybe smarter than anybody else in the world. However, what is in doubt is whether that awesome intelligence is enough to make him the best choice to lead the Earth's forces against the Buggers. Again, as in the entire Ender series, the question of "humanness" comes into play because of the genetic experiment that resulted in Bean's birth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gripping Compliment to Ender's Game 28 Jan 2001
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Having read some reviews about this book before reading it, I came to it with mixed feelings. I didnt want a re-hash of Ender's Game which is one of my favourite books ever. And I'm glad to say you don't get any of that.
The story is just as envolving second time around, as it was in Ender's Game. Orson scott card is one of the elite few science fiction writers who can do brilliant characterisation. I was hooked from the first page and couldnt put it down. I was glad to be on holiday while reading it, so i didnt have to stop.
At the Beginning of the book I didn't like Bean, I hadn't liked him from Enders game. But through the book his character grew on me, as a seperate entity, not at all detracting from Ender's accoumplishment. If anything he helped me appreciate Ender more.
This book could easily be read on its own. but if you read Ender's game first you will understand some of the mystique that Bean feels towards Ender.
This book in some ways felt like a flashback scene in a movie. Adding to the original story unconvering information you wished for in the original.
Fantastic gripping novel. It leaves you wanting more.
Only hope the next one in the series ("Shadow of the Hegenmon"), justifies my anticipation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant novel 19 Jan 2007
I loved "Ender's Game" when I read it as a girl - and then reading "Ender's Shadow" 15 years later, I am amazed at how brilliant it supplements Ender's Game.

It's the same story, but with a very different angle. We follow Bean and learn of his childhood as an urchin in Amsterdam and how he is recruited to Battle School and fight alone, side by side with Ender - against the buggers, Battle School and himself.

Card succeeds in giving a thorough and interesting insight of the "backstage" life of Battle School and the mechanics - and not least of Bean pulling strings and trying to survive and save the world in his own way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Ender's shadow is a book about ender's game but from "Beans" perspective. But it isn't ender's game! It does not detract from the origianl nor pay homage to it. Ender's shadow stands out as a brilliant, inspired, inspirational and riveting read all on it's own, via it's own merit.
It doesn't matter if you've read ender's game or not, you will still love this book. I personally raved about ender's game, but in it's subtle ways I prefer this one. I started reading it at 10am and was still doing so at 4.30am, it was so captivating and spellbinding that i just did not want to put it down until I had finished it.
In all honesty this is probably one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read. It is emotional, inspired, enthralling, astounding, spellbinding, a true unmitigated work of art. It is obviously well researched and well loved by the author and deservedly so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Darren
I read Ender's Game, the first book in Orson Scott Card's Ender saga, a couple of weeks ago and found it compelling reading. The book was by turns exciting and tragic, and Card's writing style was brief and to the point, focussing on the characters and messages within the story without falling into the trap of excessively descriptive prose to pad the book out. This made Ender's Game one of my favourite books of all time, and I eagerly awaited the sequel (Speaker for the Dead) to appear in my local library.
However, Ender's Shadow (Card's latest novel in the saga), was available first and I desperately needed to read another of the series. This book is a parallel novel to Ender's Game, set in the same time period and featuring the familiar settings of Battle School and Command School, as well as most of the original characters. This time the story is seen through the eyes of Bean, a frighteningly intelligent and perceptive boy who has had to fend for himself living rough on the streets of Rotterdam since the age of 9 months! (He is no ordinary child). His sharp mind and will to survive against all odds are soon noticed, and like Ender he is rushed through Battle School as the threat of the alien invasion draws closer.
The character of Bean contrasts Ender perfectly - his early years on the streets have made him calculating and without emotion. It is fascinating to see his attitude to Ender change as the story progresses and Bean realises and accepts the part that he will play in the war against the alien race. He learns the meaning of love, trust and loyalty, and finds that he has, after all, got a soul. Anybody who has had to struggle in life and felt that they were "different" will relate to this aspect of Bean's character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ender's Shadow is a great follow-up to Ender's Game
Ender's Shadow is a great follow-up to Ender's Game. Ender's Shadow take the events from Ender's Game and gives them a new prospective, to be more specific it shows the events... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christopher J. Cowen
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
This book is a must read, it entwine's so well with Enders game bringing a whole new perspective to the saga.
Published 4 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I never read this kind of book and all i can say is PERFECT!!! What a story! Definitely one that i look forward to read over and over again! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kiko
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book quite slow though
Definitely not Enders Game - dont buy this thinking its Enders Game #2

Its nice a parralax book on Beans perspective on Enders Game which makes it a very interesting... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dov Labi
1.0 out of 5 stars Ender/Bean
I get very upset when "some people" portray Bean as the better human in books and reviews and make out that Bean is the more intelligent, I mean Ender is so much more than... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so clever.....
I've had this book for some time as a paperback and I love it. If you have read Ender's Game and liked it this book is a MUST read - it tells the same story but from Bean's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeffrey Northam
5.0 out of 5 stars good!
it is a really good book :) i reccomend it, but oyu have to read the whole enders saga to be happy.
Published 7 months ago by Alexandru Stefan
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting new take on Ender's Game
Overall I really enjoyed this book but at times I found the character of Bean insufferable and, much like the later Ender quartet novels, filled with too much meandering inner... Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Worth reading if you liked ender `s game-
This book if from the viewpoint if bean and is the same time line
Published 11 months ago by Mr W P Spooner
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all
The title says it all - this book is a shadow of OSC's master work, Ender's Game.

It's not quite as interesting, and it's a bit more thoughtful than the original. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. S. B. Reason
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