Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card


The human race is at War with the “Buggers”, an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training 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 then into an irresisible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Bean’s past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else’s. Bean’s desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School’s recruiters. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender….

This is not a sequel to Ender’s Game, it is a parallel book – most of the events and characters are the same, but it is written from Bean’s point of view. Bean was one of my favorite characters in Ender’s Game so I was really excited to read this book. It has the same magic as the first, starting with some great scenes on Earth all dealing with Bean surviving on the streets. Recommended for Sci-Fi lovers. – Jessica, Teen Librarian


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sang
    Apr 18, 2009 @ 17:47:58

    I was a huge fan of the original Quadrilogy (Ender’s Game to Children of the Mind), but I’ve never gotten around to reading the side series. I was just never a fan of Bean.


    • jmlib923
      Apr 20, 2009 @ 20:50:17

      That’s kind of funny, because I LOVED Ender’s Game, but couldn’t get into the other books that followed it. When I found Ender’s Shadow I was so excited because it’s basically the same story but with Bean’s backstory and a different perspective of what happened in the Battle School. Then I read the other three in the Bean quadrilogy and really enjoyed them as well. I found Bean to be much more “human” once you knew where he came from and saw his struggles…you may want to try Ender’s Shadow.


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