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Damn his politics, but Dude can write
on December 12, 2013
Great book. I read the "mainline" Ender books, ("Ender's Game, Speaker of the Dead, Genocide, Children of the Mind, and Xenocide) and loved them all. I read Ender's Shadow and didn't like that line as much, so didn't follow that thread. Ender in Exile combines the two storylines, but is much more similar in style to the mainline. There were a few people and plot points that were confusing (almost certainly because they were from the "Shadow" story arc), but the story did a great job bridging the gap between Ender's Game's final chapter and the Epiloge, as well as between the Epiloge and Speaker.
As a side note, as a recently-returned veteran, there was a lot in this story that spoke to me personally. If you are looking for a gift for a recently-discharged veteran who likes to read (and most of us do, Combat Zones are filled with boredom), this is a great way to tell them "Welcome Home" and make them realize that they aren't broken for feeling a combination of shame, pride, confusion, and chronic boredom now that they are civilians. I am not sure if OSC is a veteran, but he certainly encapsulated a feeling that is only a few years younger than war itself.