Rereading Ender’s Shadow

Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1)Ender’s Shadow is a companion novel to the better-known Ender’s Game, a parallel story told from the point of view of another character — Bean. I loved Ender’s Game (as you can see in my recent review of that book), but I love this one even more. I give Ender’s Game 5 stars, but I would give this one 6 if I could. I’m not sure why I like this one more than I liked Ender’s Game except that I loved Bean. He’s remarkable and tragic and I just plain love him. Ironic, I suppose, since the novel claims that Bean might have been chosen to fill Ender’s role, except Ender had one quality Bean didn’t have — empathy and charisma. People would die for Ender, but Bean is just a know-it-all. Well, he really is! He has a genetic “defect” that gives him off-the-charts intelligence. It saved his life, and as we find out in this book, it helped Ender to his victory, though Ender never realized.

I recalled Ender’s Game as being a psychological story. In truth, *this* is the psychological story. I think after a decade, I blurred the two stories together in my mind. Both are excellent. Both should be read. They could honestly be read in either order, although I tend to recommend reading them in the order the author wrote them, with this second. But if you liked Ender’s Game at all, don’t stop there! This is just amazing.

Posted in Book Reviews, Science Fiction and tagged , , , , .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *