Title: Ender’s Shadow
Author: Orson Scott Card
Summary: Tells the story of Ender’s Game but from the perspective of the character Bean. If you haven’t read Ender’s Game then all you need to know is that it’s about a futuristic society in which Earth is battling a devastatingly powerful alien species nicknamed Buggers. The story begins describing Bean, an especially intelligent young boy, who is growing up homeless and alone on the streets. The social environment Bean grows up involves a structure where there are groups of children and gangs of bullies who are slightly older, slightly larger children. It’s essentially survival of the fittest, and although Bean is much smaller and much weaker than all the rest, he manages to survive using his intellect. Government officials take notice and Bean is sent to military school in space to be used to help fight the Buggers; this is where Bean meets Ender.
Six Word Review: If you like Ender’s Game, read.
I started reading because: I always like books that explore the same story from another character’s perspective and I’d read Ender’s Game so I was interested in exploring Bean’s character more in-depth.
I would give this book 9/10 stars because it’s a riveting story and it’s fun to read.
I loved how the author made Bean’s voice different from Ender’s. It was fascinating to see how Bean’s mind worked. I hated that it didn’t have more humor to lighten up some of the more dramatic and heavy parts of the book. That’s just my personal opinion though; I like books that can make me laugh.
If Bean was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Rule The World.
Anything else we should know? As always, I’d encourage you to read this book as well as Ender’s Game even if you’ve already seen the movie.