Ender's Shadow (ender, Book 5)
- Number of Pages: 480
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Welcome to Battleschool. Only one problem: for Bean and Ender, the future is now. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander - Ender Wiggins - perhaps his only true rival. And not with fists. If Bean has learned something on the streets, it's the way to survive. Growing up is never easy. He is way too small for that. But try living on the mean streets as a kid begging for food and fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn't hesitate to pound your skull into pulp for a scrap of apple. But with brains. Bean is really a genius with a magician's ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weakness. What better quality for a future general to lead the Earth inside a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race, called Buggers.
Ender's Shadow is getting dubbed as a parallel novel to Orson Scott Card's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ender's Game. By"parallel,"Card signifies that Shadow begins and ends at roughly the identical time as Game, and it chronicles a great deal of from precisely the identical events. In fact, the two books tell an almost identical story of brilliant children being trained in the orbiting Battle School to lead humanity's fleets inside the final war against alien invaders known as the Buggers. The most brilliant of these young recruits is Ender Wiggin, an unparalleled commander and tactician who can surely defeat the Buggers if only he can overcome his personal inner turmoil.
Second amongst the children is Bean, who becomes Ender's lieutenant regardless of the truth that he may be the smallest and youngest inside the Battle School college students. Bean is unnaturally intelligent for his age, which might be the only factor that permits him to escape--though not unscathed--the streets and sooner or later end up in Battle School. Bean could be 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 turn out to be a hell on earth. Despite his brilliance, however, Bean is doomed to reside his life as an also-ran to the far more well-known and in fairly a few methods a lot more brilliant Ender. Nonetheless, Bean learns things that Ender can't or will not understand, and it falls to this once pathetic street urchin to carry the weight of a terrible burden that Ender should 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. Luckily for readers, Card has left plenty of room for a sequel, so we could nicely be seeing much more of Bean inside the near future. And though considerably of Ender's Game hinges on a surprise ending that Card fans are likely well acquainted with, Shadow manages to capitalize on that very same surprise and even turn the table on readers. --Craig E. Engler In the end, it seems a shame that Shadow, like Bean himself, will forever be eclipsed by the myth of Ender, since this is a novel that can simply stand on its personal. It's clear that Bean features a story worth telling, and that Card (who began the project with a cowriter but later decided he wanted it all to himself) is driven to tell it.
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