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on 11 September 2013
I loved the Ender books and looked forward to reading this with great anticipation, but this was incredibly disappointing. Characters that were previously interesting and strong seemed all of a sudden weak and forgettable.

And I'm sorry but the pictures of the characters after every few chapters were just horrible and ill thought out! When you've read so many Ender books over the years, and given the excellent characterization you build up an image of the characters in your mind, and then to see them illustrated poorly like cartoon characters ruins that image in one fell swoop. Seeing Bean as some cartoon giant just erased the strong somewhat dark image that had been depicted over a number of great books.

While this book might fill in a few gaps I wish I hadn't read it because previously I remember the Ender series as powerful, exciting, sometimes moving - but reading this has nullified that and somewhat spoiled the feel of the whole series.

Sorry to be negative but I don't think OSC did justice to his magnificent series with this book, quite the opposite in fact.
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on 29 November 2008
...Spends more time winding up loose plot threads than it does actually spinning story. Being sandwiched inbetween two chapters of Ender's Game, for the most part, that's somewhat unsurprising, perhaps, but it really doesn't move the story on at all.

Essential if you follow the series, and care about what happens to character like Graff. Fills in the gap at the end of Ender's Game wonderfully.

Just don't expect it to stand on its own merits.

Strictly for fans of the series. Also completely incomprehensible if you haven't read the "Shadow" saga.

That said, I've enjoyed it. Genuinely worth the read. Wish it had a little more story, but that's for Shadows in Flight to wind up, I suppose.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 December 2008
Where did Ender disappear to after he saved planet Earth from the formics? What happened to Peter and his bid for world domination, to Valentine in Peter's shadow, and to the human race and its government between ENDER'S GAME and SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD?

Finally, Orson Scott Card provides the missing story in the ENDER series that readers have been waiting for! Card writes with his characteristic straightforward style that, though simple, belies the hidden ethical dilemmas presented to the characters every step of the way. And through it all, the story is as gripping as ENDER'S GAME and will keep you up all night until you reach the book's AWESOME conclusion.

Having saved the world from a race of super intelligent and ruthless fighting formics, Ender is exiled to the far reaches of space under the pretension of governing and developing a new colony for humans on a new planet. As always, the government plays an underhanded game in sending him off and all his doings, as Earth and its countries are still at war and unsettled after Ender and the other children of his Battle School won the war. Seen as "Earth's most deadly weapon," Ender soon guesses he will never return to Earth, his family, or any semblance of the life he once knew.

Instead, he begins to research his new obsession, the formic race he destroyed. The new colony he is going to is built on an old formic planet, so Ender goes willingly into hyperspace, aging only two years while everyone on Earth ages forty years. Valentine escapes the plans of Peter on Earth to join Ender in space and secretly, Ender is relieved to have someone he can trust. While Ender indulges in every spec of information on the formics and on the people of his new colony, Valentine waits patiently for Ender to confide his new plans to her while also beginning a series of historical novels on Ender, Battle School, and the Earth wars.

Upon landing on the new colony planet, Ender is hailed as a hero and a welcome source of leadership. He is also confronted with the best discovery he could have asked for - a species of creatures is found deep in a cave, hybrids between formics and a native creature. This is the closest Ender or anyone else has come to studying the actual formics themselves! Through his mental and telepathic communications with these creatures, Ender learns more than he could hope for about the planet and the formics history.

One day, Ender and a native person named Abra go off to explore the planet to find a location for a new colony. On this adventure, Ender discovers the answer to the question he has silently asked himself since he found out the game he played was really a war - "Why did you [the hive queens] let me kill you?"

The truth is more exciting than I can spoil for anyone who has breathlessly awaited this novel.

As always, Orson Scott Card intertwines the story of emerging governments, political struggle, and personal and moral dilemmas as the story of Ender unfolds. Kudos to him for not only continuing a series for over twenty books, but for doing so with inventiveness, brilliant writing, and a compelling story.

Reviewed by: Erikka Adams, aka "The Bookbinder"
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Fan's of Card have long called for a direct sequel to Enders Game which he has finally been released by his UK publisher Orbit. Whilst it is, as promised a direct sequel, the novel is one that deals with a great many lose threads from other novels in the series as well as giving the reader the chance to get to know the characters on a more personal level. Each one jumps from the page with the guilt suffered by the principle protagonist weighing heavily on his mind for the Xenocide (Alien Species Genocide) of Earth's Enemies. Beautifully written it's a tale that really will give the readers contemplative thoughts about mankind's attitudes as well as getting to know the emotional contexts faced by survivors of a war that they never wanted to fight. It's a great offering and with Card's humour wrapped into his gorgeous descriptive pieces its definitely been one of my favourite acquisitions of the year.
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I had not heard of Ender until a couple of weeks ago when a colleague at work loaned me Ender's Game.

I enjoyed that book so much that as soon as I finished it I went to the book shop to look for the next book in the series.

Unfortunately, the only book they had was this one.

Ender's Game was published in 1977. This book, published in 2008 picks up at around chapter 13 of Ender's Game. It is neither a sequel nor a prequel, but something else entirely, as the whole story takes place within the last couple of chapters of Ender's Game.

I took an immediate dislike to this book. It would seem that 30 years after the original book was published, the author decided that he did not like the name he had given his insect monsters. Called "Buggers" in the original novel, they are almost exclusively referred to as "Formics" in the newer book. This really rather annoyed me and took me out of the story every time the word was mentioned.

I was also slightly put off by the email exchange type format and chapter headings. The original book predicted laptops (desks) and email, but it did not use or demonstrate a formal address@domain message format. The new book starts out immediately with an email in that format.

Despite being annoyed by these changes, I actually found myself enjoying the story on its own merits.

The story explores what happens to Ender between the end of the war and him setting off on a voyage around the settled planets. Most of this is briefly covered in Ender's Game, but this expands greatly on the matter.

Once again the author's deceptively simple style makes the book extremely easy to read and I finished the book in a couple of day.

I'll definitely be reading the rest of the Ender Saga
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on 13 January 2010
I'm not sure whether the author actually wanted to write this book or ultimately gave into pressure from the publisher and fans to at least partially complete the story of Ender. I suspect the latter given there is very little additional plot in this story. Seemingly the writer has taken some of the few remaining open threads from the earlier books and stretched them out with some additional and ultimately pointless dead-end plots. It's quite possible that some of these ancillary characters created in this book may re-appear but they were so dull or predictable I very much doubt that is the intention. Instead we are left with a book that in all honestly could have been reduced to about a dozen pages with the rest seemingly meaningless discussions and debates between characters and plots that just don't matter and frankly would be better suited to a soap opera.

Unsure if this will be the final book on the series, and despite the not so stellar reports I had to read it on the strength of the overall series. That said, I don't think I will have the motivation to pick up the next book in the series if it ever comes out.

Best avoided unless you have a lot of spare time and truly loved the earlier books.
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on 4 January 2010
Beware, if you are expecting the same high calibre book as the brilliant "Enders Game", look elsewhere.

This lame effort is only a disjointed attempt to cash in on the name of "Ender". It reads like a poor theatre review or travel log at times and is tedious and boring. I only kept reading it as I was hoping for a grand finale at the end (no luck there then)!

This is my first negative book review as I usually give an author the benefit of the doubt as long as I can find something positive in their work.

In this case there is a poor start, middle and end to the story so I felt duty bound to warn other readers. My opinion of the poor nature of this work is, perhaps, given credence by the author's own attempt to explain his dismal performance in the books "afterword".

After all if the book had been well written and entertaining there would be no need to explain its failings at length. Including the fact that several other people had an input into the story line. This, perhaps, explains the disjointed story line or lack of one at all.
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on 21 October 2010
Though a useful and informative addition to the story of Ender Wiggin (it fills in a number of blanks from the wider story mosaic), Ender in Exile is however somewhat banal when compared to the original or, indeed, the saga which revolved around Bean. Having said that it is a must for fans of the series, and, as ever with Scott Card, is well-written and enjoyable.
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on 11 June 2010
All the Ender books after "Ender's Game" and "Speaker For The Dead" are disappointing in comparison. They're reasonably entertaining and are of interest to the completist. This one starts slowly, with lots of use of e-mail as narrative, but the second half picks up pace and improves.
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on 17 August 2011
Scott-Card adds something positive to the Ender Wiggin world with this book, but certainly nothing essential. Well-written and reasonably well paced, if you've read the rest (and enjoyed) of the saga, especially the later additions, reading this will be a satisfying exercise.
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