Ender’s Shadow: A Review

I finished reading Ender’s Shadow a couple of days ago. It was a very nice change to A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The story centers around a brilliant child, named Bean, and his experiences living on the street and then going to Battle School. It is set in the near future, after aliens have attacked the Earth and humans are preparing for the next invasion.

If you have read Ender’s Game, and enjoyed it, I highly recommend reading Ender’s Shadow. Although the book can be read on it’s own, without knowing the background and story of Ender, I think having read Ender’s Game, the reader gains a much better appreciation of this book. We get to see the story of Battle School in a completely different perspective. If you thought Ender was a genius, wait until you read Bean’s mind.

I find it interesting how Orson Scott Card creates these children who are more intelligent than adults. I know that a select few children exist now who are quite smart and perhaps smarter than many adults. But it seems a bit far fetched that so many kids in the near future are that brilliant. I don’t think we’d have the technology or knowledge to create those children. Of course, perhaps I should remember that the children are from all over the world, not just the United States. That might help a bit with my understanding.

Other than that I don’t think I have any other complaints for this book. Sometimes the things Bean thinks is a bit surprising and sad, but one must realize that Bean is a very unique individual, it’s just who he is. Many of the characters did very stupid, thoughtless actions, which frustrated me, but that just shows it’s a great book. If a book can elicit emotions from me, then it’s doing its job. I’m not supposed to like every character.

And thankfully the ending was fantastic. So many books have such horrible, sad endings. I despise those books because of that and don’t understand why authors would want to do that to A. their characters and B. their readers. So many kudos to Orson Scott Card for having an acceptable, great ending. I approve.

Ender’s Shadow makes the reader think about the future and its possibilities, which is wonderful. If anyone wants to read this book, go check it out at the library or let me know and you can borrow my copy!

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