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.
Revisit the best for enders game with a new perspective. I have read the whole ender series and liked Enders Shadow more then any other book in the series, short of the original. The book is so good it ends up being a short read.
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!
The plot is similar to Ender's Game naturally. However, the plot twist in Ender's Game is written plainly in Ender's Shadow, making it have less of an impact. While I did enjoy this book as much as, if not more than, Ender's Game, I would recommend reading Ender's Game first due to the mentioned difference in perspective on the story.
Fans of Ender's Game who couldn't follow with the increasingly (for me anyway) strung out series will love Ender's Shadow. It's a great companion piece to the original, although it doesn't quite have the lingering power of the original.
After I finished "Ender's Game," I was hesitant to read "Ender's Shadow." There was just something about the first book that grated on me. So I put off the second for many months.
I feel "Ender's Shadow" is far better than the first book, the one from Ender's perspective. "Ender's Shadow" is all about leadership, a topic I feel very strongly about. I know that "Ender's Game" is suggested reading in some branches of our military. In my opinion, "Ender's Shadow" should be *required* reading.