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THE ENDER UNIVERSE
Ender's Series: Ender Wiggin: The finest general the world could hope to find or breed.
Ender's Shadow Series: Parallel storylines to Ender’s Game from Bean: Ender’s right hand, his strategist, and his friend.
The First Formic War Series: One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. These are the stories of the First Formic War.
The Authorized Ender Companion: A complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things, and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.
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 2-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 cowriter 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 capitalize 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
An awesome story that is great for kids and adults. It is an amazing sci-fi journey that is fun, sad, and even intense. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dr SpaceMan
Have read and reread the Ender books. It was interesting to see the school from a different view point.Published 12 days ago by Linda
After reading Ender's Game and the sequels to that, I thought going back and reading the Shadow series might be unfulfilling. I was wrong. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mark
The development from feral child to super hero is extremely well done.Published 18 days ago by Lord Dianysius Aurilius
I am not a science fiction fan. My usual preference is history and biography but I enjoyed this book enormously! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nancy J. Brown
What a great way to value another perspective of a pivotal character in a great series. Very cool and look forward to the next bookPublished 24 days ago by issa Hilweh
Literally, the second best book about children killing aliens I've read in my life. I don't know how Mr. Card did it, but I was spellbound the whole time.Published 1 month ago by Louis G Steinberg
If you liked Ender's game, you'll like this, and it's definitely worth the read. It's not the same story over again even though it's the same time period. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jace Priester
I can't believe the great reviews.
This is the story of Bean, from the streets of Rotterdam where he struggles to avoid starvation and basic safety to battle school... Read more