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Welcome to BattleschoolGrowing 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. Not sure if this was my third or fourth read of Ender's Shadow Couldn't believe I had never reviewed it or some of the other Ender books I reread this year So I really enjoyed this book which is a parallel novel of Ender's Game And if you're wondering I would be on Team Bean I prefer the Ender seuels but Bean's story of Battleschool and the war with the Formics is compelling than Ender's version in my opinion That said Ender's Shadow Ender's Game and the Ender's Game Series are well worth the read Even though the protagonists are very young especially Bean this novel connects lots of issues with good storytelling

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Ender's ShadowT Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander Ender Wiggins perhaps his only true rivalOnly one problem for Bean and Ender the future is now Ender's Shadow is the book that launched The Shadow Series and the parallel novel to Orson Scott Card's science fiction classic Ender's Ga. March 2010Previously Ender's GameEnder Wiggin hero of Earth did not defeat the Buggers Formics single handedly He had help Soldiers followers people in the background unimportant characters whose own stories didn't really need to be told you know where I'm going with this etc etc One of these soldiers Bean was smaller than Ender younger than Ender infinitely smarter than Enderand not nearly as interestingBut that didn’t stop Orson Scott Card so here we go Bean an orphan living on the streets of Rotterdam catches the attention of Sister Carlotta a compassionate nun on the lookout for potential soldiers in the war against the Buggers Formics Bean is incredibly intelligent despite his age and lack of education and his high test scores get him into Battle School There he makes all sorts of wonderful friends well just one and has a glorious time hiding in the background and discovering all the big secrets the authorities kept from Ender and surprised everyone with at the end of the other book Back on Earth Sister Carlotta follows various clues to discover an entire subplot about Bean’s secret origins while elsewhere a dangerous character from Bean’s past plans to finish things once and for all eventually at some point in one of the seuels As other reviewers mention Ender’s Game was about the action When faced with a problem Ender solved it often permanently Bean on the other hand thought about it And considered And weighed his options And then acted often too late to actually do anything The mystery is gone too since Bean figured out the true nature of the games long before Ender did and as for the best part of the original novel the battle room what little action we get doesn’t compare to the Ender’s version of the story And then oh hell forget it Here’s the thing folks Ender’s Game was damn near perfect Ender’s Shadow didn’t really add anything to it A mild curiosity at best but hardly essential reading Barely able to stand on its own and obviously a set up for books in the series which are also mild curiosities and hardly essential reading either That didn't stop me of course so let's see if I can work up the energy to review them as well Maybe Eventually Any day now Next Shadow of the Hegemon

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Read ✓ Ender's Shadow ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Welcome to BattleschoolGrowing 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 anTo survive And not with fists He is way too small for that But with brainsBean is a genius with a magician's ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weaknessWhat better uality for a future general to lead the Earth in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race known as Buggers A. When I read a description of a book summing it up as a retelling of a story from a different perspective I groan internally and my interest wanes slightlyEnder's Shadow follows those exact lines We switch from Ender's perspective to Bean's the brilliant dwarf child who serves under his commandWhat shocked me the most was how much I preferred Bean's perspective Ender grew up with a loving family and had a generally conventional outlook for a genius Bean functions as a direct contradiction having grown up in sualor with no family a tiny body and a brain capable of cutting through almost anythingBean spends most of the novel slicing through the world of the Battle school at angles that give him vastly information and awareness of the world than Ender possessed and his angry calculating view gives the story a much richer perspectiveThe only issues arise from the few points where it directly intersects Ender's Game Bean wasn't written with a great deal of depth in the original story he ualified as a background character and anytime his conversations with Ender come up the interactions feel weirdly unnatural It's almost as if this larger multi faceted Bean doesn't fit back in his original containerDespite what Card states in the introduction you should not read this book first Many bits of necessary exposition from Ender's Game are not reiterated here and part of the fun derives from getting Bean's bird's eye view of what Ender's witnessed from within the trenchesThe score I gave this book should almost be the score awarded to the two books collectively as I read them consecutively There's a reason Card wanted to movie adaptation to essentially be a combination of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow The two complement each other amazingly well