Ender in Exile : Ender's Game

  • by Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, Emily Janice Card, Don Leslie, Mirron Willis, Orson Scott Card
  • Series: Ender's Game
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Orson Scott Card returns to his best-selling series with a new Ender novel.At the close of Ender's Game, Andrew Wiggin - called Ender by everyone - is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony.He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies. With him went his sister Valentine, and the core of the artificial intelligence that would become Jane.The story of those years has never been told...until now.

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A Change of Perspective

First off, I pretty much read anything by OSC from books, essays, etc. The Ender & Shadow Series have always been my favorites.

"Ender in Exile" covers from the ending of the formic wars, all through the Shadows Series books (to date) and comes to a completion prior to "Speaker for the Dead". While the book has many underlying themes such as "How Ender deals with the knowledge that he killed the formics" the book feels more like collection of short stories than one cohesive narrative. Many of OSC books are written this way (Folk of the Fringe) and are made all the better for it. This is not neccesarily a bad thing. Though it can leave you wanting more if you expected one specific storyline.

The book expounds on many of the details left at the end of Ender's Game. Details as to how the actual decision to send him away from earth comes about and his actions after arriving at Shakespear Colony. It even completes some storylines from the Shadow Series. On these merits alone, anyone who is a fan of Ender or Shadow Series should read this book.

In my humble opinion, here is my one issue with the book. At the end of Ender's Game details are not given and a lot of information is left for the reader to imagine on their own. In my case it was how ender and valentine once again cultivate a brother and sister relationship. I'm sure it will be different for each reader, but "Ender in Exile" gives those details so the way you expected things to happen may be challenged by this book. I wouldn't call this a shortcoming but does call for a change of perspective at times.

All in all, I enjoyed this and would recommend it to all Ender fans. I would suggest that you read throught the Shadow Series before starting this book.

Note: There are some chronological problems between this book and the other books in the series. OSC discusses and resovles this in the Author's Note.
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- Joshua

Great for fans of the series

This book really seemed to me to almost be too much of a 'tying up of loose ends' in the ender series rather than some of the more stellar (pun intended) writing that Mr. Card has done. I believe that what seemed lacking most to me was much of the wonderful character development that I have come to expect from each new OSC Novel. In brief if you enjoy the Ender series and have read everything else in it then this is a must read as it does shed more light on some parts of the Enderverse. This is NOT a good book for someone reading into this story for the first time.
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- Rick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio