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Shadow of the Hegemon (Shadow Series, #2) (Ender's Shadow #2)

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One of the more pleasant literary surprises of 1999 was Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow , a self-styled "parallel novel" that recapitulates the central events of Ender's Game from the perspective of Bean, the child genius -- and genetic wild card -- who served as Ender's second-in-command during the genocidal war with the Formics. Bean's
School & Library Binding, 451 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Rebound by Sagebrush (first published December 10th 2000)
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5.0 stars. Sometimes love is not a strong enough word so I am going to borrow from Woody Allen, "I LURVE THIS BOOK!!! This is my second favorite book in both Ender series (behind only Speaker for the Dead). In fact, like Speaker for the Dead, I thought this book significantly surpassed its predecessor, Ender's Shadow which I loved by the way.

This story takes place in the latter half of the 22nd century (so my poster above is for the 2208 elections), soon after the end of the Formic (aka Bugger
Nicholas Karpuk
I'm tired of you Orson Scott Card.

Ender's Game was fun. Ender's Shadow was a similar kind of fun in the same setting. I had hoped Shadow of the Hegemon would follow the nifty character of Bean back to Earth.

It does.... sort of.

Have you ever met one of those nerds who owns multiple editions of Risk? Who had complete DVD series spanning half a wall that's entirely about World War 2? Who owns board games relating to a single historical battle? That's how Card seems to roll these days.

This book scra
Nov 15, 2011 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audio
I enjoyed Shadow of the Hegemon but not nearly as much as Ender's Shadow, the first in the Shadow series.

I don't know, and I had this same problem after finishing Speaker for the Dead (Book 2 in the main Ender series), but I just feel like this series is getting beat to death. I'm not the only one right? As good as these sequels are, I still think Ender's Game (with possible addition of Ender's Shadow) should have been left that way, on its own, no sequels. I know, now I'm beating a dead horse.

K.D. Absolutely
Oct 06, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Rollie
Shelves: sci-fi, series, ya
This is my second book by Orson Scott Card (born 1951) and he is still to disappoint. I think he is a born-storyteller as I haven’t met anyone like him who wrote a book Ender’s Game in 1985 and after 25 years, it is now a full length series branching into several two excellent sagas, i.e., The Ender’s Saga (7 books, 9 short stories) and The Shadow Saga (4 books published called Bean Quartet, 2 forthcoming). So 11 books so far with related 9 short stories is something that I have not seen yet don ...more
Dec 06, 2008 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this one as much as Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow. As in those two, the plot and action were just backdrop. The book was really about people deducing what other people were thinking. In the previous books, this was used for character development and I enjoyed it. In this one, it seemed like the author used it more as a gimmick. Rather than use it as a tool to accomplish something else, he just trotted it out to do tricks over and over. It accounted for most of the book and got ol ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Leonid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hope I can finish this book. I liked the Ender quartet and Ender's Shadow too much not to try. Yet it is difficult to actually believe the same person wrote Shadow of the Hegemon and the others. Ender’s Game is a fun fast paced book of adventure while the other three books in the Ender quartet borderline on genius. The formulations of issues of xenophobia are uncanny in SFTD, Xenocide, COTM and integration of Christian beliefs into the mix yield an unparallel argument for empathy being central ...more
John Strohm

Listened to the audiobook. 2 stars for the book, one for the audio production.

First, the audio production: After the excellent production of Ender's Shadow, this book returns with the same actors, but gets everything wrong. The volume is too soft. Many of the actors mispronounce "hegemon" and in some places this is crudely dubbed over by a different actor! Achilles' name is pronounced inconsistently throughout. The music is terrible and too long. Overall, it sounds like a high school project and
Feb 19, 2011 Rollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
God! I‘d been having an Orson Scott Card’s books marathon these last few weeks. So far, since there is nothing left of his books in my hand that I haven’t read yet, I’ll have to take a pause reading his books and resume till I find his other books then—especially the sequels of this book.

After checking the rating details of this book on Goodreads, I found out that I belong to those people who are twenty-two percent addicted at this. Unfortunately, since before reading a book, I always refer the
Honestly, if I hadn't read the third book in this series out of order and enjoyed it, I don't know that I would've continued the Shadow series. There were just so many things about this audiobook (and book) that annoyed me. Now, I know that a lot of OSC's religious views (and misogyny) come out in his books but this is the first one that has really annoyed me. A lot of his characters always "seem to know what is best" and it is frustrating to listen to. In addition, this particular audiobook is ...more
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince

I am sure that were I given an opportunity to converse with author Orson Scott Card regarding the vast empires, rulers/kings and military leaders that the world has seen rise and fall, from Alexander the Great to the great Caesars, from Charlemagne to Charles V, from Napoleon to Hitler and Stalin and Churchill and Roosevelt, we’d have an engaging time. I’m boring that way (in fact that that’s how I once caught the attention of a former, handsome--yet equally boring--boyfriend, with a
Duffy Pratt
This book moved along at a pretty good clip. It was easy to read and kind of entertaining. I like Bean. So it was OK.

Except that it was really pretty terrible. All the Battle School kids are back on earth and they are basically shunted away as being "just" children. That means that all the kids who won the war for mankind's survival now have subordinate roles. And that's just fine.

But then there's Achilles. He got into Battle School, and was there for a couple of weeks. He got kicked out and sen
Sean Pagaduan
Jul 07, 2011 Sean Pagaduan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scifi buffs, people who don't read too much but want to go through a decent book
Compared to other scifi/fantasy books, Orson Scott Card's Ender series is pretty good. I've read three of the four on the Ender series (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide), and two from the Shadow series (Ender's Shadow and this one). Shadow of the Hegemon doesn't totally ruin the series like Xenocide did, and the characters all seem true to themselves and are developed decently. Besides that, the book is marred with the usual flaws: unrealistic intelligence for young teenagers, writin ...more
Kevin Xu
May 21, 2015 Kevin Xu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This book is terrible. It felt more like a Tom Clancy techno military thriller more than a SF book.
Jun 06, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A very smart, engaging read--though without the mass appeal of its predecessor, Ender's Shadow, mainly due to Card's decision to drop virtually all the sci-fi aspects, as well as to cut down on the amount of action contained in the story. What you end up getting is a lot of political intrigue and one of those alternate history novels, but taking place in the future. This would be a very difficult novel to pull off, seeing as how most of the characters in the story are geniuse ...more
May 17, 2013 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Orson Scott Card has a natural talent for stretching a novella into a novel. Pages and pages of dialogue simply regurgitate things we already know. Ideas and themes are thoroughly beat into your brain by sheer repitition. I find myself skipping entires pages without consequence because there is no content there. Between the fluff, however, is an engaging story. The consequences of sending all the student of Battle School back to Earth is fascinating and Card capitalizes on this. Poltiics and mil ...more
Eric Lin
Dec 14, 2013 Eric Lin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Kind of similar to Robert Jordan's last few books in the Wheel of Time series, where he tries to write political intrigue, but doesn't do a great job. I think that real political intrigue doesn't get conveyed well in a page-turner format, since the only way to explain everything is through a ton of exposition.

We're constantly being told to appreciate how smart Bean and Petra are, with no real option other than taking the author's hand waving as evidence.

I think I'm slowly realizing that despite
Missy Frederick
Jan 02, 2008 Missy Frederick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Card fans, sci-fi readers, those who like books with moral complexity/well-developed characters
This is the second book I've read in the series in the same universe as the Ender Quartet. I read it basically in 24 hours, which speaks to its fast pace and readability. I'm starting to like this series possibly even more than the quartet. There are a lot of really interesting characters - the complex Bean, the ambiguous Peter, etc. Plus I really like the theme of genius kids who aren't cutely precocious, etc. This book deals a lot with military strategy, which doesn't tend to be my thing, but ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Peter.
Frank Shinault
Jul 24, 2013 Frank Shinault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!
Jan 28, 2016 Balkron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space, reviewed, phone
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th
Nick Dasher
Not nearly as ambitious as Ender's Game or Speaker for the Dead, or even Ender's Shadow, but just as well done. There's nothing Earth-shatteringly poetic or profound, it's just good clean fun. And what fun it is, featuring political intrigue, nonstop action, and always intelligent, occasionally hilarious dialogue. Needless to say, I enjoyed this entry in the Ender series immensely, and found myself wishing that I had found it years ago. Thirteen-year-old me would have eaten this up.

Despite what
Tyler Adams
Mar 25, 2014 Tyler Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Ender's Shadow continues the story of Bean, while bringing over some plot that started in Ender's Game. The members of Ender's "Jeesh" (or group who fought with him in the invasion of the formics) are held in the highest esteem of battle school graduates. They are considered the elites or the best to come out of Battle School, and every country jockeying for world leadership wants one, or all, of them to lead their armies. All members of the Jeesh are kidnapped by one ambitious n ...more
Mckay chandler
Feb 09, 2009 Mckay chandler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is pretty cool. being the sequel to the greatest orson scott card book of all time: ender's shadow, which is the completion to ender's game which is the 2nd best book i've ever read. it is about a genetically altered human boy genius named bean who's house explodes while he is on a vacation in his homeland of greece. When they come back to their vacation home, they find it demolished and begin looking for a suspect which is, of course, bean's arch nemisis achilles. There are a couple p ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Lionel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The follow up to Ender's Shadow, this unfortunately showcases Card's tendency to write sequels for the sake of growing a successful franchise, even when the stories don't quite merit it. This is not a bad book, but it suffers in comparison to its predecessor.

Again, this book showcases many of Card's strengths: internal character monologoues reveal mostly well developed characters with psychological foibles; moral and religious discussions/debates; strong young adults. But, as with the first boo
Chad Warner
Aug 29, 2010 Chad Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Ender's Game
I was underwhelmed by Ender's Shadow, but this book was much better! The characters are more fully developed, and we learn more about their thoughts through their conversations and internal dialogues. There are plenty of action-packed scenes that quicken the story's pace.

This book takes place after Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, when the kids from Battle School have returned to Earth. Now that the threat of the Buggers is gone, the nations have begun vying for political and military supremacy,
Oct 01, 2012 Serina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Serina by: Katie
Shelves: high-school
I like it so much that I put off all necessary school work until 9:30. Yay.

Again, many thought-provoking themes throughout the books to contemplate on. (Satyagraha! Learned that in yoga!)

Bean's character development is very profound, which can be shown especially in his final decision about Achilles. I also see Petra in a very different light; she, too, has her soft sides. Hooray for Virlomi to have done the right thing valiantly. There are so many beloved characters in this book that I cannot n
Jonathan Cate
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card is a very different book than Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow. This book focuses much more on political intrigue and military maneuvering. The book involves Bean, Petra, Achilles and Peter Wiggin. I liked this book alright and I actually find the political manipulations and subtle meanings in phrasings very interesting. However, this book is a bit of a slow mover and although alot of things happen that effect the characters, the plot really doesn't move t ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
This actually deserves a 3.5 rather than a 4. Hello Goodreads! Give me half stars!

I'm tearing through this series at a rate of about one a day, which must mean something. I'm following the two storylines in parallel chronology (ish, as they move at different rates of speed), by which I mean that I've read Ender 1, Bean 1, Ender 2, and now Bean 2.

I like the Bean storyline because it deals with things that seem very real: the problems left behind on Earth after the globalizing external foe has be
Mar 25, 2010 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-2011
March 2010
Previously: Ender's Shadow

With the Bugger Formic War over and humanity triumphant, the children of Battle School are no longer needed. Everyone gets sent home to their families in their respective countries which, due to the absense of any external enemy, maintain an uneasy truce. But hey, at least everyone’s united, right? The world is at peace, right? Everyone is going to live happily ever after and nothing will possibly go wrong...


Wrong! Remember the end of Ender’s Game, wh
Sep 22, 2014 Yorgos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in half a day. It felt pretty generic sci-fi, fitting in the plot turns that had to happen based on what we knew already (such as Peter coming out as Locke) and going into the expansionist wars (it's interesting to place the two separate series into the context of when they were written. Ender's Game / Speaker? The big scary guys on earth are clearly the Russians. Shadow series? The Chinese are the expansionist power). Also, the villain was a little too.. omnipotent? resourceful? unb ...more
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