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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.
52 of 53 people found this review helpful
Of course the book is predictable. Any book inserted into an extablished series where the beginning and end is known would be predictable. If that logic held true they would never put 'new' rides in amusement parks because hardly anyone would use them. This was predictable, but as pleasantly enjoyable and convoluted a ride as the others in the Orson Scott Card theme park.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
If like me you have read all the books in this series from Enders Game, through to children of the mind then you will be left wondering about the years between the finish of his military career and where he goes after being exiled! Well this book pulls all this information together nicely... I have enjoyed listening to all the books and all have made the hours pass with a want to listen more!
Orson Scott Card has certainly looked into these to flow and where there are differences in the stories, this final book pulls and irons them out. Read them all.
If you read these, the film Endors Game although good will seem a little left short, but don't be put off Harrison Ford as Hiram and Ben Kingsley sad Razor are excellently portrayed and adopt the characters well.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
As I read through the series I am more and more captured by the characters and the themes running through the stories, human frailties and strengths, challenging me with my own perceptions, expanding my sense of more than Earth as a place to exist.
I didn't realize I could be so enthralled by science fiction.