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Ender's Universe

Ayme Bahrami
The list author says: "Card has published ten novels, one novella, and several short stories involving Ender and/or the world he resides in, but they are by no means published in the order you should read them. As an avid reader and fan of the series, I have decided to put them in a more intuitive reading order for those just getting started (meaning: you’ve read Ender’s Game and want more!)"
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
"While some of the novels can stand alone, such as Speaker for the Dead, I really don’t recommend attempting it without having read Ender’s Game first.  This book really needs no introduction; it’s enough to know that Card’s publisher, Tor, has given away thousands of free copies of Ender’s Game as a sort of “gateway drug” into the sci-fi world."
Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series)
Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series)
"Arguably a better story in some ways than even Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow tells the same story through Bean’s perspective.  This is not a sequel, but a parallel novel (a parallequel, if you will).  While you’ll see the same plot for most of the novel, it’s never boring, and you’ll finally see what’s going on in Bean’s life, and get his point of view on his conversations with Ender."
A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (Other Tales from the Ender Universe)
A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (Other Tales from the Ender Universe)
"A holiday-style novella set on the Battle School while Ender and his jeesh are there.  It’s a quick read, but a beautiful story that will help satisfy your cravings of all things Ender."
Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series)
Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series)
"Now that countries no longer have a common enemy to deal with, they are back to their usual disagreements- this time, with dozens of child geniuses trained for nothing more than military prowess at the helm of the most powerful nations in the world.  Petra and other Battle School graduates are kidnapped and held hostage, and Bean is the only person on Earth who can figure out why and rescue them."
Shadow Puppets (The Shadow Series)
Shadow Puppets (The Shadow Series)
"The story continues on Earth, with Bean and Petra growing up and finding there is more to life than just global domination and war games.  But even though they have decided not to play anymore does not mean their adversary agrees."
Shadow of the Giant (The Shadow Series)
Shadow of the Giant (The Shadow Series)
"The foregoing description matches this as well.  Many storylines are completed by the end, yet there are several threads left hanging.  Most of these will be answered in the next novel, Ender in Exile."
Ender in Exile (The Ender Quintet)
Ender in Exile (The Ender Quintet)
"The newest novel in the Universe that picks up Ender’s story as he leaves Earth’s orbit to be governor for the first colony settled on a bugger world.  It’s true what they say: it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Well, it’s the destination, too."
First Meetings in Ender's Universe (Other Tales from the Ender Universe)
First Meetings in Ender's Universe (Other Tales from the Ender Universe)
"This is a collection of short stories that can be read at any time after reading Ender’s Game. “Investment Counselor” occurs not long after Ender in Exile leaves off. Also, “The Polish Boy” introduces you to Ender’s father as a young boy in Poland, and “Teacher’s Pest” is a quirky story of how his parents met in college.  There is also a reprint of the original short story “Ender’s Game”."
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet)
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet)
"This story is set approximately 3,000 years after Ender’s Game ends.  Ender and Valentine have traveled from planet to planet, never staying more than a few months before moving on. Ender is in his thirties when he sees a request for a Speaker for the Dead on a nearby planet called Lusitania, a colony founded by Portuguese Catholics who have discovered a third alien race called the pequeninos."
Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet
Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet
"Starways Congress orders two of the xenobiologists to report to a nearby planet to answer for charges of interference in the pequenino’s lives, essentially convicting them by taking them on a journey that will take so long that everyone they know would be dead by the time they got back. Ender offers an alternative to the leaders of Lusitania, and his actions affect everyone on Lusitania."
Children of the Mind (The Ender Quintet)
Children of the Mind (The Ender Quintet)
"It is very difficult to describe this book without having to explain the entire plot of the previous two books, so I won’t do it. I enjoyed this novel just like all the other Ender novels, and if you want to find out what happens to Ender, the colonists, and the other alien races, you must read this book. I feel it has a satisfying conclusion, even if it’s not your favorite book in the series."
Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show (v. 1)
Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show (v. 1)
"I recommend going to IGMS.com to pay $2.50 per issue. "Mazer in Prison", "Pretty Boy- The Story of Bonzo Madrid", "Cheater", and "Ender's Stocking" can all be read after Ender's Game. "A Young Man with Prospects" and "The Gold Bug" were both incorporated into Ender in Exile, so they can either be skipped or read after that novel.  "Ender's Stocking" is a good companion story to A War of Gifts."