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Shadows in Flight

(The Shadow Series #5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  14,841 ratings  ·  1,043 reviews
Ender's Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel...

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no ava
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Tor Books (first published 2011)
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Jan 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, sci-fi-fantasy
What could have been an epic reunion between Bean and Ender that wraps up the final mysteries of both Anton's Key and the language/biology of the Descoladores instead quickly spirals into a blatant re-hash of previous works, except without the depth and psychology of the original novels.

We begin on the generation ship Bean and his 3 Anton-turned children fled earth upon. The children, two boys and a girl, are named Ender, Sergeant, and Carlotta. Sergeant is overly vicious and desperate for appro
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Over time, the Ender novels have become a series of diminishing returns. Orson Scott Card breathed a bit of new life into the series by going back to its roots and examining the saga from Bean's point of view, but after five books I find myself once again suffering series fatigue.

The latest installment Shadows In Flight isn't necessarily a terrible book. It's just a pale shadow (pun fully intended) of the first novels in this series. Bean and three of his children have launched themselves into t
Jul 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Submitting this review of "Shadows in Flight - Enhanced Ebook edition" as a warning to those interested in purchasing this novel for their ebook readers. First, the enhanced edition has pretty pictures, which are illegible on typical black-and-white ereaders. Second, the enhanced edition is an abridged version of the hardcover novel, with less than half the text of the paper version. Third, the "non-abridged" version of the original is only available as an ebook as of 2013. And fourth, I paid th ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read the book in one sitting. It's very thin and has lots of space between the lines on a page. It was more of a novella than a novel. That being said, it should probably have been a short story. Maybe a longish short-story.

I'm a big fan of the Ender series and Orson Scott Card in general but there was nothing to this story for me.

It was a travelling story where (and I'm going to not spoil anything here so bear with my vagueness) some people are going from point A to points unknown and they s
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
At the end of Shadow of the Giant, I couldn't wait for this one to be released. That was a couple years ago, and when I heard that it was finally written, I pre-ordered it. I'd been disappointed in Ender in Exile, but that hadn't been terrible (just forgettable). I was excited to see how this finally ended, and hoped Mr. Card had returned to form.

Dear Lord, were those hopes misplaced. I noticed right away that the book was short. I don't have it in front of me, but I think it barely reaches 300
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card, as reviewed here is an uncorrected proof of a book that will be published in January, 2012. This novel does not have a stand-alone plot. Card is tying up one of the last loose ends in the universe that he first created in Ender’s Game back in 1985.

Picking up where he left off, Orson Scott Card immediately reminded me why I was drawn to his writing originally. A true “Hard Sci-Fi” novel, is centered around a plausible and explained future. Card proves himsel
Sam Blake
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was thoroughly prepared for the possibility that this book might not be as good as the incomparable Ender's Game, the masterful Ender's Shadow, or the other books in the Shadow series.

I was not at all prepared for the actuality that this book was not only awful in its own right, it actually retcons the original books to the point of making them worse by association.

No one who loves Ender's Game should read this book under any circumstances.
Andrew Kurth
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shadows in Flight
Orson Scott Card

-Julian Delphiki, Bean and Giant-- The father of Cincinnatus, Carlotta and Ender
-Carlotta-daughter of Julian, with the intelligence to pass any engineering degree
-Cincinnatus-son of Julian, one of the greatest military minds in the known world
-Ender Delphiki, son of Julian, smart enough to earn a doctorate

-Shadows in Flight starts when Julian and his three kids leave Earth forever, in a starship traveling near lightspeed. Julian, and his three kids, have a certai
John Keegan
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was ok

It's almost ridiculous to call this a true novel. It barely qualifies as a novella. Imagine taking a normal length Enderverse novel, cutting out all of the characterization and most of the plot details, and calling it a new volume in the saga. That's more or less what this book is, and it's ludicrous that the book is being sold at full price.

Unlike the previous books in the "Shadow" arc, Bean might as well be absent, for all that his character does very much. He becomes important towards the end
John Slife
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best Ender sequel since Ender’s Shadow. This book is closer to an extended short story than a full novel, but I liked it better than any of the novel sequels to Ender’s Shadow because, starting with Shadow of the Hegemon, this series sort of lost its way, becoming more about geopolitics than the character driven stories that made Ender’s Game and its immediate sequels so great, as the character development and character moments, while still there, took a back seat to warmongering and wartime ...more
Lisa Reads & Reviews
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of the Ender series
First off, the sci-fi element is grand. Wonderful detail concerning mechanical and biological systems, as well as logistical solutions. Well written and easy to read and understand.

Second, OSC had to write genius interior and exterior dialogue - some from adolescent POVs. That could be difficult to pull off, but I bought it. Some of the quips were funny.

I'll stop counting now -- reading sci-fi stimulates my left brain. I have read most of the Ender series, so this installment made sense and ad
Alex Tamayo
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had to be written, I get that. And I had to read it, not denying it, but it is so short, and really just such a... fall from the rest of the series, I kind of wish it was not written.

I love the Shadow series. They are a very interesting departure from regular science fiction and feature one of the greatest science fiction characters I have ever read, but this book does the series an injustice. This may seem contradictory, but this ending was written solely to end the series.

Sequels sho
Denise Eggleston
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. I've entered more of the giveaways than I care to admit, and this was my first win. My only problem; this is Book 5 of a six part series. I have never read the first books or even the Ender's Game books also by Orson Scott Card that preceded this series.

So, I read synopses of each book on Wikipedia, which gave me enough background to understand what I was reading. Despite my ignorance of Card's arguably most famous books, I still enjoyed reading it.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wasn't sure if this was the book that was supposed to tie the Ender and Shadow serieses together. (It's not.) I'm glad I read it since it ties up some loose ends, but I expect so much better from OSC.

-I felt like Bean's three kids were just a rehash of Ender, Valentine and Peter, which felt unoriginal and like a ripoff.
-The ending felt really rushed.
-I skimmed over all technobabble, which is surprising for me. I could not get into it at all.
-I missed having the intros to each chapter.
-The book
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Lots of spoilers here, though I leave out some specifics. Fair warning.

I have to admit to very mixed feelings on this one. I love Bean. I wanted more Bean. BUT...I can see why Card had to mostly move on to the lives of the children. So it's bittersweet to get the bits of Bean perspective we do.

This was definitely not what I expected--a character study of immature geniuses trapped on a small ship. I hadn't expected Bean to be so big and trapped in the cargo hold to stay alive. I just hadn't expec
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, recent-books
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Benjamin Thomas
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, sci-fi
This is a short novel; only about half of a standard OSC novel so was a pretty quick read. It centers around Bean and his three children, all of whom share the same genetic defect that he has, an inability to stop growing in size, thus rendering the body too large for the organs to support and thus dooming them to early deaths. I found the first 3rd of the book very hard to get through as it focuses on the children who are whiny geniuses. I feel it's probably very accurate in the way 6 year old ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, science-fiction
Looking at the reviews for Shadow of the Giant, it's clear that a lot of people thought that it was the last book in the Shadow series. It really should have been, because this was a disappointing footnote. It's more of a novella than a novel, and it doesn't really serve any new purpose in the Ender's Game universe. The writing is really clunky and juvenile, and it seems to be Card's way to make sure that we really, really understand the messages that his other books were trying to tell us. Ther ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
There probably isn't a book in the Ender's Game series that I won't read and enjoy. This one is no exception. That being said, this book exemplifies some of my frustrations with the "Shadow" branch of the Ender series. OSC uses the Shadow branch as a means of changing the story in the Ender series and this book includes some of the most radical changes yet. Perhaps it's because I feel closer to Ender, who seems more real, more human, and more sympathetic than Bean, that I am protective of the En ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: osc, scifi-fantasy
This is another of the sort of follow up books to the Ender/Shadow series. It is a direct sequel to Shadow of the Giant. It follows Bean and his three antonine/leguminote children (meaning the children with the same genetic abnormality as Bean) on their near lightspeed flight through space. I didn't like it as much as I liked Ender in Exile, but it was definitely fun to read another story set in one of my favorite fictional universes. It felt more like experiencing a set length of time in their ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I haven't enjoyed the last few additions to this series, but I can't tell whether that's because I've changed as a reader or because Card has milked this saga too far.

This novella felt extraordinarily repetitive: Bean's leguminote children (Ender, Carlotta and Sargeant) are little, supersmart versions of good ol' Ender, Valentine and Peter. We get new discoveries about the Formics that feel just like the old ones. I wish I cared. The ending was powerful but it doesn't make up for a very weak boo
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
A slow start, a misleading jacket description, way too short!, but a good addition to the Ender series.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Space opera, part of the Ender's Game universe.

Bean's kin, those which have been afflicted with a tailored gene (Anton's key) that makes them geniuses albeit with the side effect of gigantism leading to early death, are moving away from earth at near light speed. This, after the events of Shadow of the Giant, is Bean's bid to use time dilation to give earth time to find a remedy to Anton's key. However, his brood of three young (all about 6 years or less in age) offspring are starting to realize
Alyssia Cooke
I quite enjoyed this but it does feel like a self indulgent interlude from Card, rather than actually being written for the fans to answer any of the remaining questions they might have. It was quite interesting to see this additional glimpse into one of favourite characters life but it was written more like a thin fanfic rather than a true instalment in this deep series.

This is also almost too short to be categorised as a novella; it’s more of a cut away of a snippet giving us a brief glimpse o
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not worth reading. This is the story of Orson Scott Card's feelings of mortality after his stroke, projected onto his characters.

There was a chance here for a good philosophical look at incest taboos vs survival of an endangered species, but he threw it away. The changes he made in this book to Formic society cheapen the previous books. The Formic queens are bad, no wait they are innocent, no wait they are bad. Without the redeeming good-world-building, Card's sexism was more overt and difficul
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just finished the audiobook and I thourougly enjoyed it. The voice was decent as was the acting, but I think it was the anticipation of the events that made this experience so emotional. I also appreciated the ending note by Card at the end. Bean, you will be in my heart forever.


Me after finishing Shadows in Flight: That. Was. Beautiful. *bawls*

After that, I began to think about the events in the novel, marvel at the genius of Orson Scott Card, develop my own theories, and s
Eclectic Indulgence
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy

This will be more of a mini-review, since it's been a few months since I read this novel with a few other books read in between.

A bit of background. This is one of the many sequels to Ender's Game, which is divided into two sagas:

Ender's Game Saga:
Ender's Game (1985)
Speaker for the Dead (1986)
Xenocide (1991)
Children of the Mind (1996)
Ender in Exile (2008)
Earth Unaware (To be released July 2012)

Ender's Shadow Saga:
Ender's Shadow (1999)
Shadow of the Hegemon
Kathy Davie
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, sci-fi
Fifth in the Shadow and twelfth in the Ender's Saga military science fiction series revolving around a small group of boys who saved our world from insect-like aliens.

There is a note on the cover that this story is the sequel to Shadow of the Giant (Shadow, 4; Ender's Saga, 9).

My Take
I had no idea I had gotten so far behind in following Ender! I think the last book I bought was Shadow of the Hegemon . I suspect it was because Card seemed to be wandering off in odd directions and I lost intere
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The Shadow Series (6 books)
  • Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series, #1)
  • Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series, #2)
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  • Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow, #4)
  • Shadows Alive (Ender's Shadow, #6)
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