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Great series, Ender s Shadow is even better than Ender s Game. Great series, explored life and death, politics and war in the realm of childhood and young adulthood. I kind of wish I could do a 3.5 The first book would be a 4 star review but the subsequent ones are a 3 for me Having read a number the original Ender s Game and series many years ago, I happened to watch the film recently I remembered how much better the book was I d give it a 5 star review and set about to re read In doing so, I came across this parallel series, however, and so thought I d read for the different perspective Ender s Shadow, the first book, really didn t disappoint I en I kind of wish I could do a 3.5 The first book would be a 4 star review but the subsequent ones are a 3 for me Having read a number the original Ender s Game and series many years ago, I happened to watch the film recently I remembered how much better the book was I d give it a 5 star review and set about to re read In doing so, I came across this parallel series, however, and so thought I d read for the different perspective Ender s Shadow, the first book, really didn t disappoint I enjoyed the alternative perspective and the parallel events Having written a series with parallel novels, I can appreciate the complexity of the task At no point did it feel overly clumsy or shoehorned which was very skilful by Scott Card I read and enjoyed the rest of the series Scott Card s interesting Catholic influences and interaction between religions in a futuristic world was something that had struck me in the Ender series, and there were moments where this was done really well There were also moments where it felt a bit too heavy handed for me and the focus on marriage and having babies felt a little overly contrived at certain points Some of the geopolitical stuff felt slightly stereotyped or even illogical in a couple of points and there is a considerable amount of self reflection and navel gazing which might put off some readers I personally didn t mind this too much as the depth of character development is well done and the interactions and events all the richer for the complex cast of characters Overall an enjoyable read I d strongly recommend book one to anyone who loved Ender s game and could imagine revisiting this volume in the future The following books were still good with some real highlights, but I probably wouldn t read them a second time If you liked the Ender Series, you ll love this too I love Ender, but it s hard not to beimpressed by Bean Like anything with Card, the series always gets a bit weird by the end but I still enjoyed the ride all long the way. I loved these Reading them felt like watching two really good players play Risk Card has always done his homework, no matter the subject material for his books, and so it s a really neat bit of speculative fiction If the world were to be dominated united under a single head, how would the power struggle play out I also liked the ending to the series view spoiler Petra and Bean don t get to live happily ever after together, but it was in a beautifully tragic kind of way instead of a now I I loved these Reading them felt like watching two really good players play Risk Card has always done his homework, no matter the subject material for his books, and so it s a really neat bit of speculative fiction If the world were to be dominated united under a single head, how would the power struggle play out I also liked the ending to the series view spoiler Petra and Bean don t get to live happily ever after together, but it was in a beautifully tragic kind of way instead of a now I hate the author kind of way, plus I actually really like Peter and Petra ending up together hide spoiler BooksEnder s Shadow 4 starsShadow of the Hegemon 4 starsShadow Puppets 4 starsShadow of the Giant 4 stars I finished and liked Ender s Game It had a good semi twist ending I m not sure that Card really managed to capture the mindset of a young child, if you suspend your disbelieve and remember that Ender is supposed to be extraordinary, it works I finished Speaker for the Dead, and it was still good, but kind of repetitive It covered a lot of the same themes and ideas Also, there were sections that dragged on a little bitthan Ender s Game I thought Card did an exceptional job of linking I finished and liked Ender s Game It had a good semi twist ending I m not sure that Card really managed to capture the mindset of a young child, if you suspend your disbelieve and remember that Ender is supposed to be extraordinary, it works I finished Speaker for the Dead, and it was still good, but kind of repetitive It covered a lot of the same themes and ideas Also, there were sections that dragged on a little bitthan Ender s Game I thought Card did an exceptional job of linking the two books Ender is a character in both of them, but not necessarily the dominant character in Speaker for the Dead Card plays around with time a lot, and I think he does a good job The fact that some of his events take place at different times, with people aging at different rates is explained well and adds to the plot.I am still working on Xenocide Again, it revisits the same types of themes and conflicts of the first two books, which at this point is getting a little tired I m also finding myself not quite as interested The plot of Ender s Game was different from Speaker for the Dead, despite sharing themes So far, Xenocide just continues the plot from Speaker for the Dead I m not usually a Sci Fi or Fantasy series reader, and I know that it is often the case that one book picks up exactly where the last book left off I m not a fan Xenocide did introduce a new plot element, but so far that hasn t been explored to my satisfaction I will try to finish Xenocide, but am finding my interest fading.UPDATE I have given up on this series I may continue it at a later date, but I didn t find it to be the type of series I couldn t put down I actually really enjoyed reading this series, but not necessarily because the story lines were terribly original It was just a fun, engaging thriller of a read, mostly because I m a fan of Orson Scott Card and I tend to agree with most of his moralizing I did find that throughout the series all the characters started having similar voices there was little deviation in their collective thought processes But overall, a good continuation for anyone who wasn t completely sated by the Ender s G I actually really enjoyed reading this series, but not necessarily because the story lines were terribly original It was just a fun, engaging thriller of a read, mostly because I m a fan of Orson Scott Card and I tend to agree with most of his moralizing I did find that throughout the series all the characters started having similar voices there was little deviation in their collective thought processes But overall, a good continuation for anyone who wasn t completely sated by the Ender s Game series I m happy to know that I still have Shadows in Flight and Children of the Mind to enjoy *EBOOK ↚ The Shadow Saga Omnibus ☟ This boxed set contains Ender s Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the GiantEnder s Shadow Welcome to Battle School Growing up is never easy But try living on the mean streets as a child begging for food and fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn t hesitate t Some of my favourite books of all time I m not usually a big fan of sci fi, but Card is able to use the spacey futuristic setting as a tool for an epic story These books are ultimately brilliant because of the way that they incorporate political, psychological, and ethical issues in a way that isn t preachy or contrived, but gives the story and characters depth and interest I was particularly engaged by the possibilities he creates regarding world politics in such an extreme situation. This review is meant to apply to books 2 4 of the Ender s Shadow Series Book 1 was phenomenal The subsequent books focus on politics and military strategy, with some smatterings of romance and genetic philosophy I always find myself losing interest the further I get into books 3 and 4.