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Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow #4)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  37,712 Ratings  ·  811 Reviews
Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow old ...more
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Jessica Macri ...Are you being sarcastic? Because all of the books include information that Julian and Achilles were at battle school together.

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And of course the children would share a special bond. They are the brightest of their generation, and went through hell together.(less)
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4.0 stars. And so we arrive at the finale to the wonderful Shadow series on the heals of the tumultuous events of the previous three books, Ender's Shadow,Shadow of the Hegemon andShadow Puppets. For those that have not read the previous installments, there will be some spoilers below as the plot summary alludes to events that have occurred in the previous books. However, I will avoid spoilers for this book and will try and be as general as possible in the synopsis.

This book concludes shortly

2.5 stars. Oh, jeesh, where do I even begin? Okay, well I love Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow. No one really annoyed me in those two books. I can't speak to the remainder of Ender's series because I got so bored listening to Speaker for the Dead that I set is aside for a bit. I've finished off Bean's series with this one and phew, thank goodness it is over because I don't think I could've read/listened to another one. Why do I keep doing it? Good question. Answer: Because I do enjoy OSC's writi
Mar 26, 2010 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-2011
March 2010
Previously: Shadow Puppets

Oh, the suspense is killing me. Bean is dying! He’ll be dead soon! His body won’t stop growing, his heart will give out, and he’ll die!

Eventually. Maybe. Any day now. Whatever.

I haven’t been impressed with the Shadow Series. Ender’s Shadow was interesting, I suppose, if you really wanted to know what happened behind the scenes of Ender’s Game, but that was about it. Bean was slightly interesting, when he was still a tiny child genius one-upping all the stupid
Jenna St Hilaire
This is the fourth of the Shadow books, and in it, Card picks up the question of what happens to a lot of young people who have never known anything but war, as Ender's Jeesh and other key Battle School graduates take their places among the heads of state. It's thoughtfully done, if not carried to great personal depths in every case; so much happens in this story that a lot of the political maneuvers simply have to be summed up, and some of the important character development happens in just one ...more
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Adam C. Zern offers his thoughts . . .

"When I completed Shadow Puppets I was as hesitant as I’ve ever been to continue reading the Shadow series, which is an extension of the Ender series. I felt the book was extremely weak in both story and character. It made me feel as if Orson Scott Card was wandering helplessly in the desert of his own imagination and never finding an oasis of meaningful creativity. Happily, Shadow of the Giant, the 4th book in the Shadow series, is a solid return to the ch
Feb 07, 2008 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people addicted to the Ender-verse
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Eh. It was ok. Not his crown masterpiece.
Lots of war games, strategy. You get to find out what happens to Bean and Petra and the rest of Ender's Jeesh as all the nations of Earth use the wonder kids to try to tear each other apart. Interesting insight on Islam (from, um, a Mormon?). You get to see Peter be Not Such a Bad Guy After All.

My problems with it are:
- not much exciting new conceptual stuff like the Speaker for the Dead books. It feels like the whole book is denouement. Or filler.
- I su
Jimmy Corvan
Feb 14, 2011 Jimmy Corvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't be happier with how this series ended.

I feel like this book was just OSC showing off. It was as if he were attempting to write a book to show other authors how to develop characters. OSC took characters that the reader previously held in high regard and easily made them a villain as well as took previously, unlikeable characters and turned them to into charismatic heroes. It was a real treat to see these kids grow up and find out what happens to every story line.

While I don't want to
Sep 29, 2012 arjuna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Going to have to reiterate my wish that these four books had been combined, heavily pruned, and polished a little, I'm afraid... I concur with this review on most points... the endless geopolitical stuff got very tired early on in this book, and while it was good to see a little more on Alai and Virlomi (I really liked her story), the whole point of this set of things is Peter's rise, and the constant bogging-down of what could have been a really interesting, succinct examination ...more
Nola Redd
Mar 26, 2008 Nola Redd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ender's Game fans, sci-fi readers
Orson Scott Card concludes his shadow series brilliantly in this novel, which details the search for Bean and Petra’s missing children and the onset of world peace under the Hegemon’s rule. Card takes us into the heart of Ender’s jeesh and the ambition that drives them. At the same time, he makes Peter somewhat more likeable as his true motives emerge.

The novel begins with a Chinese coup led by “Hot Soup,” resulting in him being crowned Emperor. Three key jeesh members now lead countries in ra
Tyler Adams
Mar 26, 2014 Tyler Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that, once again, Orson Scott Card has delivered an incredible book to continue the story that started with an undersized street urchin. Bean is trying to help Ender's brother Peter unite the world under one government. The problem is that his rapidly growing body doesn't have much time before his heart is no longer to bear the strain of gravity on Earth; and there is still much work that needs to be done before this happens.

I chose to read this book because I couldn't get enough of Be
Jan 12, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Reading this book out of order was one of the best mistakes I've ever made.

Thinking that it followed directly after Shadow of the Hegemon, I read this one next and skipped Shadow Puppets entirely. I can honestly say that doubled my enjoyment of this episode in the saga. There was a sense of time passing, of events intervening, and I had to think just a little bit to piece it together. And it wasn't until I reached the end that I realized who the book was really about. (Funny what titles do to y
Eric Herboso
I don't even know why I'm leaving a review; if you're already reading the series, you HAVE to read this one, too -- and if you're not reading the series yet, you MUST read Ender's Game first, so at no point will this review reach anyone who is trying to decide whether or not to read this book.

However, if you've already read the novel, then a few things may come to mind. first, the way Anton, the only openly gay character in the novel, decides to act in order to be a "good person". Second, the re
Jonathan Cate
This book finishes off the three part story of events unfolding on Earth immediately after Ender and his jeesh destroyed the “Buggers.” The Battle-Schoolers came back to Earth and chaos ensued. Yet again, I found the political and military wranglings and intrigues very interesting. The side plot of Bean and Petra seemed a bit forced and the dramatic swings of character attitudes and emotions just didn’t seem altogether realistic to me. Character development isn’t Card’s strong suit.

The story re
Nov 16, 2009 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You have to tame the horse before you can let it have its head."
~Mazor Rackham p. 50

"'Who are you writing to?'
'Whom. You foreigners are wrecking the English language.'
'I'm not speaking English. I'm speaking Common. There's no 'whom' in Common.'"
~Mrs. Wiggin and Bean p. 104

"'Why do you always drink that stuff?' asked John Paul
Peter looked surprised. 'Guarana? it's my duty as an American to never drink Coke or Pepsi in a country that has an indigenous soft drink. Besides which, I like it.'
Jan 11, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
It's hard to write a review for a book like Shadow of the Giant, because it's really just the last chapter of a much larger story. I give 5 stars on this review not only because Giant was a great book by itself, but it also ends the series with the greatness it deserves.

Here is the order you should read the Ender books by Orson Scott Card:

1) Ender's Game
2) Ender's Shadow (The same story as Ender's Game, but from Bean's pov.)
3) Shadow of the Hegemon
4) Shadow Puppets
5) Shadow of the Giant

You might
Jo Oehrlein
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Dec 17, 2008 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction fans
Shelves: sciencefiction
This is the last book in the series, but there are enough loose ends left to continue the story. I loved all of the political intrigue in this book. The battle school grads went from being all good-guys, united against the evil Achilles, to real humans whose flaws led them to make mistakes. Bean's storyline was especially moving, as we see how he has grown fom child to adult. We also find out exactly why Peter was not accepted into battle school. There was a purpose all along and he lived up to ...more
Inspired Kathy
Jun 17, 2010 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Finally finished with all the Ender's Books. I made the mistake of reading Ender in Exile before reading Shadow of the Giant. Don't make that mistake. A good portion of Shadow of the Giant is summarized in Ender in Exile. Even knowing a lot of the storyline I enjoyed this book!
It is really slow in places. There is so much strategy, politics and war games that didn't hold my interest as much as the relationship did.
This book actually made me cry near the end. I don't cry very easily especially w
Sep 17, 2012 Magnus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book. This is the second book i read that had me tearing up, Thank you Mr. Card for this story. I don't know if there are plans for a next book but i really hope there is, I want to know what happens to Bean. I first read Ender's Game in middle school it was the best thing I had ever read at the time. About 9 years later i see it in Barnes and Noble and remembered how much i liked the book and i was surprised how much i remembered the story, I bought it read it again ...more
Feb 26, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to rate this book highly, if for no other reason than it moved me emotionally. It may be cheesy, but if cheese can get a normally callous guy like me to make water come out of my face, then it has to count for something.

This book dived more deeply into the emotional world of loving and losing, which I was frankly unprepared for. I'm used to happy endings.

Other than that, it focused a lot on a large set of characters which were all quite interesting. It was fun trying to work out the motive
Apr 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Jennifer Rader
Wow. Card is the master at spinning a tale of political intrigue, inter-personal relations and conquering the world. He beautifully wrapped up the combined story of Bean, Petra, Peter, Suri, Alai, etc. and sent them each to their own destinies.

That being said, however, I still want to know what happened with the stories that he sent out into the great unknown. Oh yes indeed!

Overall, I enjoyed the Shadow series more than the Ender series. Probably because they continued the stories of characters
This absolutely made up for Shadow Puppets.

This is Peter's story. And Bean's. And Petra's. And Alai's. And Virlomi's. And Han Tzu's. And even Vlad's and Suri's. And you know what? OSC has finally spoken for them. And I know them, and care for them. And it isn't even about Ender anymore. In my review of Shadow Puppets, I declared that the jeesh members were only interesting to us in that they were related still to Ender. In a way, in Shadow of the Giant, it was another Wiggin that they revolved
May 23, 2012 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Way too much battle and strategy talk and not enough action. There were whole chapters taken up by one long conversation. It's been a really long time since I read the previous books, but I think there was enough backstory to help me remember what happened. I just can't bring myself to care about any of these characters. They were just there, teenagers leading armies, having babies, and running the world. It's easy to forget how young all these characters are, when you've distanced yourself a bi ...more
May 09, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Shadow of the Giant may seem a bit lackluster for the most part, but it's definitely a novel that improves when considered in retrospect. This is because, until you get to the ending, you won't be able to fully appreciate the full extent of Card's intricate plotting and richly textured thematic development. The power of the last few chapters really sneaks up on you, and I particularly enjoyed the book's bittersweet denouement.
Mebil Rosales
El desarrollo se vuelve pesado y demasiado moralista, pero se beneficia de un buen comienzo y un buen final. Para los fans del universo de Ender, vale la pena leerlo.
Apr 17, 2013 Serina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-school
I'm quite impressed and delighted to see the development in Peter. I very much liked Graff and Rackham for their love for the Battle School children. I'm not sure if I agree with Bean's decision. The ending was a bit unexpected though ((view spoiler)). Indubitably, another sophisticated and enjoyable work by Card. Hopefully some of the loose ends will be tied up in the last installment. (view spoiler)
Oct 02, 2012 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than Bean #2 (Shadow Puppets) but still strange. Again, Card, what are you doing? With each book I read in the Enderverse, I am more convinced that you are only trying to make more money.

Bean #3: The teenage lover geniuses, Bean and Petra, go on a scavenger hunt across the globe to find their babies, racing against time as Bean's genetic disease slowly kills him. The rest of the world is embroiled in a showdown between their battle school classmates who rule India, China, and the Muslim w
Kathy Davie
Jun 11, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, military
Fourth in the Shadow sci-fi series and ninth in the overall Ender's Saga science fiction series and focuses on Bean and Petra and their desperate need to find all their children.

It's actual sequel is Shadows in Flight (Shadow, 5; Ender's Saga, 12).

My Take
It's been so long since I read the start of this series and Shadow of the Giant has spurred me on to begin again. I remember when the first novel, Ender's Game , first came out. Fascinating. Too, too fascinating. And somehow, I got off track
Cory Hughart
I've enjoyed Bean's story, even more than Ender's, but there are a couple of things that have been nagging me throughout this entire series. Bean is supposed to be the most intelligent human being alive. I can't help but feel that Card can't even come close to properly portraying the smartest man alive.

First of all, it's ridiculous that Bean should spend any brainpower at all thinking about religion and God. Countless studies show a clear inclination towards atheism in people with high IQs. This
Sep 27, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great one from Card with everything I've come to love from the Ender/Shadow series. I think my big personal connection with this book was how Card used Petra and Bean's relationship to reveal truths about how it is to love someone who either will or will possibly die young. With Bean, it's his genetics, in my life, I have the tension of my husband's profession being so dangerous. In the beginning of our relationship he said he didn't want to put me through being a Marine wife and I told ...more
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Ender's Shadow (7 books)
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  • Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow, #2)
  • Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow, #3)
  • Shadows in Flight (Ender's Shadow, #5)
  • Shadows Alive (Ender's Shadow, #6)
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