Ender’s Shadow

by Orson Scott Card

Okay, I finished reading it. Like, three times.

I read Ender’s Game, book one of the series, a long time ago and have re-read it several times since. It is one great book that made it to my personal top ten list. Probably the only book where I put it down to give the author a standing ovation. It was that brilliant. The sequel, Speaker for the Dead, moves the timeline forward for 3,000 years, when the genius boy is now middle aged. I just couldn’t connect it to the Ender I love, so the book (as well as book 3 and 4 of the quartet) collected a decade’s worth of dust on my shelf. But I chanced upon Shadow of the Hegemon and enjoyed a happy reunion with the battle school kids.

So, I went back to pick up Ender’s Shadow, the “parallel” novel of Ender’s Game. It’s great to read such a clever book. A well crafted book on intelligent characters. Card developed Bean wonderfully, the characters are so alive (the decade between the two books certainly aged Card nicely as a writer) and I loved the book down to the last sentence. And it’s fun to lay the two books side by side to compare the scenes. As a parallel novel, you pretty much know what is happening. Even the big surprise of “you’re not playing a game” is not there. For the book to remain as entertaining, Card did a wonderful job indeed.

So, another book in Enderverse made it to top ten.

 

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