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If you like Ender’s Game, read.

Tenders shadowitle: 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.

Regina, 18, West Seattle


Toriko – Typical battle shōnen…but with cooking!






Title:  Toriko

Author:  Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Summary:  Super-powered genetically engineered warriors working for rival companies fight over the best ingredients and search for the ultimate ingredient, “god.”

Gut reaction: Typical battle shōnen.

Why: eh characters, developed setting, eh battles, eh plot, eh

At least the setting is quite expanded upon.  Although the summary sounds interesting, the story follows the gourmet hunter Toriko and his chef sidekick Komatsu as they fight the evil Gourmet Corporation over delicious flora and fauna.  It’s not that bad, but it doesn’t stand out. Toriko starts out very powerful and grows through hax cells in his body to defeat all his opponents.  His friends are semi-interesting people and the villains are suitably villainous, but it’s too generic.

The battle tactics are pretty well-thought out, but they take too long and the winner is always the good guy.  The plot seems to be heading toward some goal, but right now Toriko is just getting hired to get ingredients or going for personal interest and he isn’t truly working towards some higher purpose.  It’s definitely a good series, it’s just that you can find any number of series just like it.

Who would like this book:  Any shōnen or cooking fan would like this, although the cooking bit is admittedly lacking.  I’ll probably keep reading this until it gets boring.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle