The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more.
But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heroes; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter.
Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world.
Shadow of the Hegemon is the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.
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This story isn't quite as good as Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow. It sort of goes off the rails when it never explains how a committed psychopath continues to get in the good graces of world powers. Also, one of the main characters, Achillies, is actually supposed to be pronounced as "Asheel." However, though the book goes out of its way at certain points to explain this pronounciation, many of the narrators continue to pronounce the name like "akillees." Some narrators pronounce it right sometimes and wrong other times. Other than that, the book is indeed entertaining, though not great.
Worst Audio Recording I Heave Ever Heard
I love the spoken word and I love that Orson Scott Card intends for his audience to hear his storys read out loud. I have been listening to books on tape, CD and ipod for twenty years and this is the worst recording I have ever heard. The characters' names are mispronounced. The word "hegemon" is poorly dubbed over at some points. Most of the book is read by actors and then towards the end they start reading as different characters. The in-between-music music is hokey.
I think it's interesting that Orson seems to be trying very hard to make us care about "the great game" of nations vying for power, by using characters we care about. If you are anything like me (read: character over plot) this doesn't sit well with me. I am a huge fan of Petra (and her sassy mouth), Bean, Achilles, and Carlotta, and their personal stories are more interesting to me than "the great game". However, all this being said, I did enjoy the story. The audiobook should come at a much lower price.
The book is one of my favorite, the readers of this audio book are horrible. They mispronounce Achilles and Hegemon. You can tell someone caught SOME of them because every once in a while a different voice is dubbed over the mis pronounced word. I can't believe we paid $26 for this poorly done Audiobook. I am very displeased with the quality. Orson? DId you do a QA/QC of this reading? You would be very unhappy!