Dec 24, 07
Read in December, 2007
This is an excellent companion to the story that started the series: Ender's Game. The premise behind the book is the same as Ender's Game, but the story is drastically different. It is told through the eyes of Bean, a calculating child who excels beyond Ender in all tests.
For Bean, surviving was life. When anything happened, no matter the intent, it was absorbed and stored with suspicion. He didn't know why he would need it-- he just knew that the more he knew the more he could manipulate the world in his favor. Knowledge IS power. While Ender is just playing the game, readying his army to defend Earth against the alien invasion, Bean is a black hole of knowledge that figures out the reasons why things are done in Battle School. Ender's Shadow gives the reader gets an accelerated view of what really happened in Ender's Game.