Okay, so, I’m back on the Ender train.
You might remember that last year, I FINALLY read the rest of the Ender Saga after loving Ender’s Game for years. One of my best friends has been raving about the Shadow Saga, and then my new boss couldn’t believe I’d never read them.
So, this is me succumbing to peer pressure (but also doing exactly what I want to do because I love all things Ender…)
Ender’s Shadow takes place at the same time and covers many of the same events as Ender’s Game but from Bean’s perspective. I was a bit skeptical that it would be boring, and I’m here to admit that I was very wrong.
Orson Scott Card does a great job of showing the reader the events from Ender’s Game from a different angle. We get to know many of the beloved (and not-loved-at-all) characters a bit more: Petra, Alai, Carn, Bonzo, Colonel Graff, and of course, Bean. We get more backstory on many of the decisions made at Battle School, which interested me a ton, and we get to see where Bean comes from and what contributes to many of his peculiarities.
What occurred in Ender’s Shadow changed the way I thought about the events and characters in the other books, so much so that it almost made me uncomfortable. I found myself wondering if people were who I’d originally thought they were – was Ender wrong about them or was Bean? It reminded me of when you have an opinion about a person and then someone you know/trust has a COMPLETELY different view of them. A bit disconcerting.
The one criticism I have about Ender’s Shadow is that it often had long paragraphs of description about events – there was less dialogue and action than Ender’s Game, and it read more like Speaker for the Dead or Xenocide. Not a bad thing, I guess. Just different.
My friend and my boss weren’t wrong – Ender’s Shadow is a great addition to this series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Shadow of the Hegemon!