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Ender's Shadow

by Orson Scott Card

Tom Doherty Associates | May 19, 2002 | Mass Market Paperbound

Ender's Shadow is rated 4.9048 out of 5 by 21.
Welcome to Battleschool.

Growing up is never easy. But try living on the mean streets as a child 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. If Bean has learned anything on the streets, it''s how to survive. And not with fists. He is way too small for that. But with brains.

Bean is 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 in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race, known as Buggers. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander - Ender Wiggins - perhaps his only true rival.

Only one problem: for Bean and Ender, the future is now.
 
Ender''s Shadow is the book that launched The Shadow Series, and the parallel novel to Orson Scott Card''s science fiction classic, Ender''s Game.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.62 × 5.19 × 1.22 in

Published: May 19, 2002

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765342405

ISBN - 13: 9780765342409

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great 'little brother book' to Ender's Game If you've read the book Ender's Game, reading Ender's Shadow is a no-brainer and you will be happy to be back in this amazing universe that Orson Scott Card has created. This is a well thought-out story that goes great with the flow of Ender's Game. Obviously Ender's Game is the superior of the two books, but this is as good a book as we could hope for and it works! If you haven't read Ender's Game, I don't know if I could honestly recommend this book to you because in my opinion you really should read Ender's Game first to really appreciate this book. Overall, a very good read!
Date published: 2012-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another amazing read by Card Ender's Shadow tells the story of Bean, one of the children originally introduced in the Ender's Game novel. Ender's Shadow follows Bean as a child documenting how he gets into battle and makes his own way to the climax that is revealed in Ender's original novel. These two books compliment each other very well. If you read Ender's Game, you will love Ender's Shadow.
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giant is Awesome Card hit the spot here. This book was incredibly awesome and I hear that they are coming out with another book to finish the series and a bridger book from the other series(Speaker for the Dead) As well, OSC is writing a Battle School Christmas story for anyone who likes Enders Game
Date published: 2005-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fictionator A great book with a gripping conclusion
Date published: 2005-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing just read the first 3 chapters so far and this book is everything i had imagined it to be. i have been waiting years for it to finally be released and cant wait to find out how OSC end this series
Date published: 2005-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On par with its parallel novel This is really a different book than Ender's Game. Starting of the trilogy that would involve Bean, it is darker and more disturbing than Ender's Game in it's content. Still, it retains the excellent pacing, the readers attachment to the characters and the multi-faceted storylines. This is an excellent foundation on which is further built upon in the two books completing the Bean trilogy.
Date published: 2003-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST book I've ever read! This is an AMAZING book! The concept is ..... WOW! I'm in grade 8, but I read at a grade 11 level. I've also read the Lord of the Rings about three times, but it doesn't compair to this book! I can't wait till I read Enders Game, and once again, IT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!
Date published: 2002-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game Ender’s Shadow is definitely a have-to for those people who have read Ender’s Game. In this book you get to follow Bean, a child from the streets in Rotterdam. Bean who is extremely intelligent has learned how to read and speak several different languages without any kind of help from teachers. One day he meets Sister Carlotta who has him write several different tests. The results are remarkable. Bean has the highest score, ever, in every test. As a result of this he is being sent up to the battle station that is circling around earth. On the battle station Bean learns how different people work, these skills he use to persuade people that his ideas are always the best ones. He also finds out that there is a boy named Ender on the school. It doesn’t take long until Bean meet Ender, and when he does, remarkable things start to happen.
Date published: 2002-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sci-fi at its best I have loved the entire Ender series. This book that explored Bean's character was especially good, because it allowed him to become his own character, rather than a backdrop to a story about Ender. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who calls themselves a sci-fi reader.
Date published: 2001-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three cheers for Card!! The Enders Game series was the best set of books I ever read, and it was such a thrill to return to those familiar characters once again. I read Enders Game and Enders Shadow synonymously, flipping back and forth between the two. I was unable to find many discrepancies. only wish I could read Enders Shadow without having read the others. I would like to see how it feels to know Bean without having known Ender.
Date published: 2001-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark/Light & Shadows Ender's Game moved me to new heights of empathy and admiration with Orson Scott Card's realistic and multi-dimentional depiction of child prodegies. Aged beyond their years, their dialogue is believable and suggests both a child's preoccupations and a wit beyond the age of that child reflected against a constant flow of private thoughts, frequently anguished, revealing the insecurities behind both the brave acts and trench humour the characters display in their daily battles to beat impossible odds. This, set against a backdrop of the "What if" that defines timeless Science Fiction, creates an uninterupted flow that the reader can pour herself/himself into without the distraction a moment's lack of credibility can create. If you loved the character of Ender, you'll love the more cynical Bean. If you loved the darkness that reflects the side of human nature that rules out the Utopia type future of humanity that is often reflected in Sci-Fi and futuristic novels, you'll love this darker view. There is a double entendre in the title "Enders Shadow" that fittingly describes how this parallel novel goes to the same place as "Enders Game" and digs yet a little deeper into the dark recesses of human nature to ask the question "Where are we taking ourselves?".
Date published: 2001-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Shadow After being inspired by Ender's Game, I grabbed other books by Orson Scott Card from the same series and found them to be just as great as the first of the series. Ender's Shadow continues the same format as its predecessor, with an "aside" for each chapter relating the psychology behind Bean's education in military school and then the story from Bean's perspective. The reader is able to understand the young boy's side of life as well as the teacher's critique of their student. Everyone would benefit from the book -- youth can see how an outsider wins through to "belong", adults can gain understanding in the influences they have over their children and educators can find out how to inspire the geniuses that are placed in their care ... all while being carried on the exhilarating journey into our possible future.
Date published: 2001-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enders' Shadow, by Orson Scott Card A book as thorough and compelling as Card's "Ender's Game" cannot be outdone - or so I thought until having read "Ender's Shadow", its parallel and so much more. This novel exemplifies Card's powers of imagination and empathy with truly believable characters and situations. However, plot is not lost or bogged down in description and characterization; on the contrary, the book is hard to put down and inspires in its reader a reluctance to see the story end. "Ender's Shadow" delivers a great story whether or not one is a fan of science fiction, and is recommendable to adult and juvenile readers alike.
Date published: 2000-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as Good as Ender's Game Ender's Shadow was so well written, it sort of helped you understand more about Ender and his life in the battle school. Card has pulled off another gripping story!
Date published: 2000-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Close but not quite there This book was Extremely well written but since there was no real suprise after Ender's Games, it got boring. Despite this small flaw, this is one of the best novels out on the market. I recommend you buy it at Chapters because Chapters is good and deserves to make more profit.
Date published: 2000-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ender's shadow Ender's Shadow was a perfect addition to the already perfect book, "ender's game" I hope I hear more about what happens to bean in the future.
Date published: 2000-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enders Shadow - This book is a great achievement for orson scott card. I have only started reading it, yet I find it so compelling. This book has slight hints of sarcastic humor, to move you along with the story. This book would have to be the best in the > series. FIVE STARS! *****
Date published: 2000-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A parallel of unparalleled brilliance This book gave me exactly what I wanted. A chance to read Ender's Game for the first time again.
Date published: 1999-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parallels Excelence of EG Not only does Orson Scott Card manage to parallel the story and era of Ender's Game, but he also paralleled the excellence of his earlier work. This book is just as good as Ender's Game. It truly does stand on its own, but the reader will gain much more insight into the story and its characters by reading both Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. They are both real page turners, too. Way to go, Orson.
Date published: 1999-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Card actually topped EG This was an amazing sequel to EG, it's dramatic, descriptive and quite possibly one of OSC's best works. You wont be able to put this down, its a solid sci-fi page turner.
Date published: 1999-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Card does it again I was hoping that card would at least be able to match the briliance of Enders Game in this novel, I was not dissapointed. Although no book of his will ever be better than Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow come really close. I really love the duplication of some text from the old book. The usage of the same passages tied the two books together and trully showed that the events occured at the same time. Well done Mr. Card
Date published: 1999-09-09

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Ender's Shadow

by Orson Scott Card

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.62 × 5.19 × 1.22 in

Published: May 19, 2002

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765342405

ISBN - 13: 9780765342409

About the Book

Life on the streets is tough. But if Bean has learned anything, it’ s how to survive. Not with his fists. Bean is way too small to fight. But with his brain. Like his colleague and rival Ender Wiggin, Bean has been chosen to enroll in Battle School. And like Ender, Bean will be called upon to perform an extraordinary service for humanity. A reader’ s guide is available for this Starscape edition— perfect reader readers ten and up— of  the parallel novel to the extraordinary "Ender"’ "s Game,"

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1   Poke     "You think you''ve found somebody, so suddenly my program gets the ax?" "It''s not about this kid that Graff found. It''s about the low quality of what you''ve been finding." "We knew it was long odds. But the kids I''m working with are actually fighting a war just to stay alive." "Your kids are so malnourished that they suffer serious mental degradation before you even begin testing them. Most of them haven''t formed any normal human bonds, they''re so messed up they can''t get through a day without finding something they can steal, break, or disrupt." "They also represent possibility, as all children do." "That''s just the kind of sentimentality that discredits your whole project in the eyes of the I.F." * * * Poke kept her eyes open all the time. The younger children were supposed to be on watch, too, and sometimes they could be quite observant, but they just didn''t notice all the things they needed to notice, and that meant that Poke could only depend on herself to see danger. There was plenty of danger to watch for. The cops, for instance. They didn''t show up often, but when they did, they seemed especially bent on clearing the streets of children. They would flail about them with their magnetic whips, landing cruel stinging blows on even the smallest children, haranguing them as vermin, thieves, pestilence, a plague on the fair city of Rotterdam. It was Poke''s job to notice when a disturbance in the distance suggested that the cops might b
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From the Publisher

Welcome to Battleschool.

Growing up is never easy. But try living on the mean streets as a child 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. If Bean has learned anything on the streets, it''s how to survive. And not with fists. He is way too small for that. But with brains.

Bean is 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 in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race, known as Buggers. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander - Ender Wiggins - perhaps his only true rival.

Only one problem: for Bean and Ender, the future is now.
 
Ender''s Shadow is the book that launched The Shadow Series, and the parallel novel to Orson Scott Card''s science fiction classic, Ender''s Game.

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender''s Game and it’s many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past.  Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender’s Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien “Buggers”. Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card''s first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign , and the novelet version of "Ender''s Game" in the August issue of Analog .   The novel-length version of Ender’s Game , published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of  the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.   Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers’ workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University. He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, inclu
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Editorial Reviews

"An absorbing, near-flawless performance."--Kirkus

"The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children''s armies should keep readers turning pages."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An exceptional work." --School Library Journal

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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