Ender's Shadow - Ender Author:Orson Scott Card 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 t... more »oo 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.« less
I actually preferred "Ender's Shadow" to the original "Ender's Game". While I relate better to the character of Ender, Bean's experience was far more interesting due to his larger emotional range in comparison.
Anybody who is looking to read this book should be made aware that this isn't just a rehashing of the original book. Card seems to have put a lot of thought into it. What Ender experiences in comparison to Bean is different, despite the fact that they go through the same rigorous training. Bean has a different point of view on it all, since he isn't as innocent as Ender.
This book would probably stand well on its own, if the one has not read the original.
Andres "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. Here is the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist and his friend. Neat Sci-Fi!
This book was amazing! I picked it up years after reading the original Ender's Game and loved every minute of it. It was a good refresher on the detail of the original story line, but with unexpected twists that were unrevealed from Ender's perspective. A must read if you loved Ender's Game!
A re-telling of "Ender's Game," (or at least a parallel telling) from the perspective of Bean (Julian), another kid at Battle School.
In some ways more fun than Ender's Game, mainly due to less of the political aspects. Bean was a tough little street orphan, so his whole outlook is completely different than that of the more privileged Ender Wiggins. I also enjoyed the new characters here (Poke, Achilles, Sister Carlotta) who were part of Bean's life. In many ways, Bean is a much quicker thinker than Ender, and is his equivalent or superior in others. And there's a reason for this, which you'll discover in "Ender's Shadow."
Recommended if you are a hardcore Ender's Game fan. Avoid only if you absolutely don't want to basically read the same story again, through a compeltely different set of eyes... interesting ones, at that.