The novel that launched the bestselling Ender's Shadow series—available for the first time on unabridged cd
The human race is at War with the "Buggers," an insect-like alien race. As Earth prepares to defend itself from total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable enemy, all focus is on the development of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth--they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In Ender's Shadow, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....
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Just barely in the shadow of the beloved original
The incomparable "Ender's Game" was one of the books that ushered me (and many like me) into the world of adult fiction, and is the staging point of two excellent series. " Ender's Shadow" kicks off the more tactically based and, perhaps, the more accessable of the spin-offs, and it does so with admirable skill and obvious affection and respect for the original. In this book the character of Bean is expanded upon and even given a more vital role than was intended in "Ender's Game". While the scenes where the two books intersect are a little clunky given the new information we have, this is easily forgiven in light of the depth of story and character we recieve in exchange. I recommend reading this book and the subsequent installments of the "Shadow" series, although I suggest reading "Ender's Game" first if you haven't already done so. Buy this with confidence and enjoy!
I would definitely recommend reading/listening to this after Ender's Game, but this book was fantastic. The narrations are good and add to the telling of the story. And it's not just a copy of Ender's game from the perspective of Bean, it's truly an entirely different story with brief overlap periods. This is, by far, the best of the "shadow" books. The others in the series go a bit off of the rails for me, but this one is definitely worth the time investment.