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After twenty-three years, Orson Scott Card returns to his acclaimed best-selling series with the first true, direct sequel to the classic Ender's Game.
In Ender’s Game, the world’s most gifted children were taken from their families and sent to an elite training school. At Battle School, they learned combat, strategy, and secret intelligence to fight a dangerous war on behalf of those left on Earth. But they also learned some important and less definable lessons about life.
After the life-changing events of those years, these children—now teenagers—must leave the school and readapt to life in the outside world.
Having not seen their families or interacted with other people for years—where do they go now? What can they do?
Ender fought for humanity, but he is now reviled as a ruthless assassin. No longer allowed to live on Earth, he enters into exile. With his sister Valentine, he chooses to leave the only home he’s ever known to begin a relativistic—and revelatory—journey beyond the stars.
What happened during the years between Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead? What did Ender go through from the ages of 12 through 35? The story of those years has never been told. Taking place 3000 years before Ender finally receives his chance at redemption in Speaker for the Dead, this is the long-lost story of Ender.
For twenty-three years, millions of readers have wondered and now they will receive the answers. Ender in Exile is Orson Scott Card’s moving return to all the action and the adventure, the profound exploration of war and society, and the characters one never forgot.
On one of these ships, there is a baby that just may share the same special gifts as Ender’s old friend Bean…
369 pages, Hardcover
First published November 11, 2008
• The one breeding kink chapter. Like... why? The chapter had absolutely zero impact on the rest of the book, was narratively useless. But for some reason, we apparently HAVE to have at least ONE scene of a woman throwing herself at a super-smart man and begging to have his super-smart babies. Card needs to get over this kink, or at least confine it to his FetLife account and not his published writing.
• The subplot near the end with Bean's lost son just seemed extremely empty. You're telling me this kid is Bean-smart, has reached the age by which Bean had created order on the streets of Rotterdam, gone to school, defeated the Formics, helped Peter take over half the world, and started a family, and the best Achilles/Randall/Arkanian can do is write angry posts on the internet? Very strange. How did he not figure out by now that his mother's stories were all insane lies?
Also, the confrontation is just strange and anti-climactic. Why can't Achilles kill Ender? Because he's Bean and Petra's child? Last time I checked, they were both fully capable of killing people they considered to be their enemies. It just seems like Card's pernicious genetic determinism coming out again. If Achilles had had a son, would he have been genetically doomed to be a psychopath and a serial killer because "its in his genes"? This perspective is just plain wrong.
• Valentine was criminally underused. She was such a potent relationship for Ender in Ender's Game while not even actually present for most of the book; since she's actually HERE during this book, it just feels wrong to have her spend most of her time as a nearly offscreen presence. She only shows up really to misread Ender's actions and intentions and hastily accuse him of doing things he's not actually doing. This makes her look stupid, and is just a waste of her character. Isn't she a certified genius? Can't she give Ender credit for also being a certified genius?