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The Ender's Shadow Series Boxed Set: Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant (The Shadow Series) Mass Market Paperback – Box set, November 4, 2008
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“This fine follow-up to Ender's Shadow features that novel's hero, Bean (now a young man), wrestling with Card's trademark: superbly real moral and ethical dilemmas....The complexity and serious treatment of the book's young protagonists will attract many sophisticated YA readers, while Card's impeccable prose, fast pacing and political intrigue will appeal to adult fans of spy novels, thrillers, and science fiction.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Shadow of the Hegemon
“The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology.” ―USA Today
“You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwell--once for Ender's Game, and again for his stand-alone 'parallel novel'. As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic yet hopeful, wondrous and strange.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Ender's Shadow
“The publishing equivalent of a Star Wars blockbuster.” ―New York Daily News on Ender's Shadow
“The author's superb storytelling and his genuine insight into the moral dilemmas that lead good people to commit questionable actions make this title a priority purchase for most libraries.” ―Library Journal on Ender's Shadow
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers".
Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.
The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.
Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.
Top Customer Reviews
Highly recommended for any reader, but particularly for those who want to make reading a more solid part of their life and haven't yet found that right book to do so with. This series did that for quite a few people I know, and I'm sure it could do it for you as well.
Character Development: A+
As to the first three negative recommendations, they are based on the actual physical qualities of the set. It is not hardcover, but four paperbacks in a box at a cheaper price.
I would recommend this to those who thoroughly enjoyed Ender's Game. Ender's Shadow is one of the best sequels ever written and is an indispensable companion to Ender's Game. The other books are more political and societal in nature. Many friends who have read the aforementioned books, didn't enjoy the final 3 simply due to the political subplots. Overall, I enjoyed them all, but if you have never read a book with political (fictional) undertones, I would suggest purchasing Ender's Shadow and one of the others separately first.
As a follow-up companion series to Ender's Game, the Ender's Shadow series tells the story of Julian 'Bean' Delphiki, Ender's right hand and most loyal of friend. In Ender's Shadow, Bean is the best of the best, and through his eyes, you re-experience and gain better insight on Battle School and the Battle of the Formics than through Ender's eyes. In my humble opinion, the Ender's Shadow Series resonates more than the Ender's Game Series, because you learn what happens to everybody you care about in Ender's Game. You learn what happens to all the Battle School kids, their commanders, and even Peter Wiggin. But most of all, you learn about what happens to Bean and the man he becomes, including the brilliant, bittersweet life he's dealt with. And through it all, Bean's loyalty to Ender is at the heart and core of the series.
Whatever disappointment I have with Orson Scott Card's personal statements has not erased my love for his remarkable Ender's Shadow Series. If you have read Ender's Game, I urge you to read the Ender's Shadow Series box set, which includes Ender's Shadow (the companion book to Ender's Game), followed by Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets and Shadow of the Giant. I wish Shadows in Flight had been included, as that is the final book to Bean's story, so far. There's also Ender in Exile, which wraps up some of Bean's storylines in Shadow of the Giant and serves as the "lost" / direct sequel to Ender's Game. Ender in Exile mentions Bean but it's mostly how Ender regards and values Bean and Petra's friendship and how he helps them, bringing full circle everything that happens in the Shadow Series and Ender's Game.
Ender's Shadow is a wonderful book and a very nice complement to Ender's Game. It is a different perspective on the same events, told from the perspective of Bean, who only plays a small role in the story that was told from Ender's perspective.
The rest of the series after Ender's Shadow, though it still stars Bean, is really a separate sequence. It follows the exploits of the child military leaders who returned to Earth after the events of Ender's Game. This sequence still starts out fairly strong, and the conceit -- that the children of Battle School would be extremely valuable back on Earth -- makes for an entertaining romp, though it lacks the depth of the more serious Ender books. These books really resemble Tom Clancy novels more than they do science fiction. (I'm a Tom Clancy fan, so that's fine by me.)
After a while, the premise wears thin. By following his "child geniuses" idea to its conclusion, Card exposes the absurdity of it, and the Battle School kids begin to come off like comic book superheroes. The philosophical ideas in this series begin to look downright stupid. The characters wear thin and the motivations ascribed to them seem ever more contrived and silly. The villain is just not interesting. To top it off, Card's bigotry begins to show through in his writing by the end.
If you are a fan of the Ender series then you'll want to read the entire Shadow series (as I did) in order to get the whole picture, but as books in their own right I can only recommend Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love the series. It can be read without knowing Enders game since it tells you of and on what happened there in case you haven't read it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Michelle
One of the greatest science fiction series of our time. Card explores characters from many different POV and leads readers to contemplate the future of our species and how we could... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Garret H.
Orson Scott Card is one of the great modern Sci-Fi writers. The Shadow Series is my favorite of the off-shoots from 'Ender's Game'. Bean is a way more dynamic character... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tracer
Probably some of Card's better writing. Youthful characters do less whining and he's less adapt to use repetition to drive home a character thought.Published 9 months ago by 00110011
If you like Card, you will love this series. Entertaining and thoughtful.Published 10 months ago by Murrell R. Kinkade