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Ender's Shadow

Ender's Shadow

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Ender's Shadow


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Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with the novel that begins The Shadow Series and allows us to reenter Ender's world anew.

With all the power of his original creation, Ender's Shadow is Card's parallel volume to Ender's Game, a book that expands and complements the first, enhancing its power, illuminating its events and its powerful conclusion.

The human race is at War with the "Buggers", an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win.

The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth--they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging then into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers.

Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older.

Bean's desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....

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The origin of Bean from Ender's game

I have read several books by author Orson Scott Card and this is one of the better ones.  This story is the origin of Ender's right-hand man, Bean.  

Bean was born in a world where the young were not only not cared for but often left to die of starvation.  Bean was the youngest and smallest but he used his amazing brain to become part of a child gang and change the whole dynamics of the gang and survived.

He then got recognized for his amazing abilities and went of to battle school where he heard of the top-rated student, Ender.  Bean is a kid that always searched for the secrets of the world and worked to win at the game of his choosing.

This book ended up being part of the Ender's Game movie as you learn about Ender from the perspective of another kid.  Bean wants to be the best but he strives to be valuable to Ender and the two know the goal is to beat the Buggers and not just the other kids in battle school.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to those that enjoy SciFi and stories of young kids doing amazing things.

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