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Ender in Exile

(Enderverse: Publication Order #11)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  45,871 ratings  ·  2,152 reviews
Orson Scott Card's The Last Shadow is the long-awaited conclusion to both the original Ender series and the Ender's Shadow series, as the children of Ender and Bean solve the great problem of the Ender Universe - the deadly virus they call the descolada, which is incurable and will kill all of humanity if it were allowed to escape from Lusitania.

One planet.

Three sapient sp
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by St. Martins Press-3PL
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Jrzy it's part of Ender's series, which include the first Ender's Game, Ender in Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind…moreit's part of Ender's series, which include the first Ender's Game, Ender in Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind(less)
Jessi chronologically it is 2nd, but written later. I would suggest reading it after finishing the Shadow series as it wraps up some issues from Bean's stor…morechronologically it is 2nd, but written later. I would suggest reading it after finishing the Shadow series as it wraps up some issues from Bean's story. (less)

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Roy Pérez
Nov 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: A mormon.
My Amazon review (yeah, I was pretty pissed):

Subj: Deeply alienated by Card's recent work.

A disappointing, socially unimaginative flattening of a character and a world I once loved very much. This novel was rife with ideologically and spiritually conservative addresses to the reader that seemed to diverge from the far ranging and broad discourses of the other books, at least the way I read them so many years ago. I felt alienated by the Wiggins of this novel, theirs and the narrator's presumptio
Ahmad Sharabiani
Ender in Exile (The Ender Quintet, #1.2), Orson Scott Card

Ender in Exile is a science fiction novel by American writer Orson Scott Card, part of the Ender's Game series, published on November 11, 2008.

One year after the Buggers (Formics) were defeated and the Battle School children have returned to Earth, Ender is still unable to return with them because there would be wars over which country would keep Ender to use for its own ends.

Ender is offered the Governorship of the first human colony t
Mar 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: craptacular, sci-fi, space
I think that Orson Scott Card and George Lucas must have had a meeting at some point and came up with all the ways you can destroy a franchise by adding on useless and clumsy story to your original work.

Card wrote one of my favorite sci-fi books, Ender's Game, and then ruined every good feeling I had towards him by a parade a horrible sequels and tie-ins that either have nothing to do with the original story or repeatedly revise and rehash the original material so much that it's in danger of bec
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s saga holds the distinction of being one of the only series to win back-to-back Hugo Awards. Both “Ender’s Game” and “Speaker for the Dead” deservedly picked up Hugos when published and now, 30 years and several sequels later, Card revisits the time period between “Game” and “Speaker” in his latest novel in the Ender storyline.

After creating the parallel novel, “Ender’s Shadow” and the subsequent series about Bean, Petra and Peter’s rise to power in the world, Card shif
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ender in Exile is what I wanted as a sequel to Ender's Game when I read Speaker for the Dead many years ago. Instead, Speaker for the Dead seemed to have a completely different Ender and the storyline through the following books (Xenocide and Children of the Mind) was written for people who swim in the deep end of the Sci-Fi genre.

I swim in the shallow end, with the occasional foray into the deep end. Ender's Game is a book I would recommend to anyone, even those who have not even gotten into t
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Whenever anyone asked me what science fiction books were worth reading, I'd always recommend Ender's Game. It is quite simply a magnificent book, well-plotted, full of action, angst, political maneuvering and brilliant characterizations. I felt that way about the second book, Speaker for the Dead as well. So along comes this book 23 years later promising to be a direct sequel to Ender's Game, and tell the story of the "lost years" between the two books. Woo hooo! But wait, all of the plot of End ...more

Once upon a time a writer created a quartet of brilliant novels that explored a future where the human race for the first time encounters another intelligent race. And, in the quartet so many intriguing issues are explored about sentience and understanding beings so different that there's no point of reference. And, then, once upon a time, that writer loved his series so much that he returns to it and fills in the gaps between book one and two, gaps spanning thousands of years and th
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Not sure what this (somewhat recent) addition brings to the Ender Series. I enjoyed the sequels to Ender’s Game which had begun with Speaker for the Dead (and now begin with Ender in Exile). I really enjoyed Ender’s Shadow (if not the Bean sequels which followed that). Ender’s Shadow provided something new even if it was a parallel story to Ender’s Game. In an Afterword, Card explains that Ender in Exile eliminates inconsistencies from the conclusion of Ender’s Game. While I was okay with anothe ...more
Kevin Xu
May 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: re-read
This a prime example of how everything that Orson Scott Card has written since Shadow of the Giant is terrible and going down the tubes. He does not write the way he use to with emotions of characters that you really cared about. I felt no connection to any of the characters, even Ender seemed flat and lifeless in this book. He is know I feel writing to the masses to make a couple of dollars. He is now for me one of the most dissappointed author I have ever read. Shame on him. I feel like I shou ...more
Spider the Doof Warrior
May 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Chad Warner
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'll admit that I had high expectations for this book, since I loved the other Ender's Game series books I've read: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. While I did enjoy the book for the additional history and details it provides, I can't think of anything remarkable it contributed to the Ender storyline.

Although it's called a direct sequel to Ender's Game, most of this book actually takes place between chapters 14 (Ender's victory) and 15 (Ender on a colo
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to K.D. by: Aaron Vincent
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
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Nov 12, 2008 rated it liked it
What sets Ender in Exile apart from the the rest of the series is this: it is less than the sum of its parts.

A handful of its chapters had already appeared in short story form on Card's online sci-fi zine, Intergalactic Medicine Show. These stories were interesting and self-contained in their own right. But within the context of a novel, they strike me as being Card's Tom Bombadil: incidentally enriching to the established universe, but irrelevant to the narrative at hand.

The narrative at hand i
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2008
I was skeptical going into this - In fact, I only read it today because it has to go back to the library soon and I didn't want to return it unread. I kept thinking that it couldn't possibly be interesting since we already know what happens. Could it really be worth reading about events that were already discussed in other Ender books? Of course, I had the same type of reservations about Ender's Shadow and ended up being wowed by that one.

Ender in Exile isn't the same sort of homerun that Ender'
Nov 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Card, Orson Scott. 2008. Ender in Exile.

Ender in Exile is the "new direct sequel" to Ender's Game. And in a way, that's true enough. The novel begins with Ender on Eros. His brother, Peter, and sister, Valentine, are on Earth. One lobbying for his return, the other arguing that he should not be allowed to come home. At all. Ever. If Ender was sent home, so the argument goes, he'd be a pawn for governments and militaries to fight over. He'd be targeted by power-hungry individuals for the rest of
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I first read Orson Scott Card’s most recognized novel, Ender’s Game, in my freshman year of high school, and immediately fell in love with it. It’s one novel that withstood the test of time when I read it again as an adult, as it was after all meant for an adult audience, despite the young characters. I eagerly read the rest of the series, but only Ender’s Shadow came close to recapturing characters I loved so much. I picked this up from my library with the hopes that a younger version of Ender ...more
Kevin Xu
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I have no idea what this book is. Orson Scott Card needs a direction/categorize for this book like he did with the other Ender books. The basic fact is that he took out all the moral/emotional fact from the original books was what made this book more like any other novel out there. He just needs to clear his head before writing anything now a days. He has lost his magical touch since writing Shadow of the Giant, which to me is his last great book.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
Part of me is nervous every time Card goes goes back to the Ender well, but again I was not disappointed. This book not being a Bean based book, although I have enjoyed those as well,it was nice to be back with the boy the created the universe. This book takes place between chapter 14-15 of Ender's Game and does a very nice job setting up the following trilogy more than the book alone did twenty years ago. I will say that this book was not truly necessary, it did flush out a little more of Ender ...more
Neal Shusterman
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After having been asked to contribute an Essay on the Ender Universe to an upcoming collection of Essays, I realized that Ender in Exile was the only Ender book I hadn’t read, so I picked it up right away. Orson Scott Card can’t write a bad book. At least I haven’t come across one. Ender in Exile follows Ender Wiggins’ “missing years,” and ties up some loose ends that I’m sure have plagued Card for years. For instance, he must be asked constantly by fans “why did the formic queens all gather on ...more
Mar 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
I am really angry that OSC got me so hard, so early, with Ender's Game, such that I want to read about the Wiggin siblings and their world even well past the point where it has become apparent that Card no longer writes books I will enjoy. I think this one, with various meandering digressions (at least one of which I found offensively misguided), lack of emotional payoff at any point in the story, and characters whose behavior seems inconsistent with my memories of them in earlier books, may hav ...more
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
I’ve heard how much Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic, but I haven’t read it yet. My introduction to Orson Scott Card came through a graphic novel I found in one of my bargain book hunts. Originally published by Marvel Comics as a five issue miniseries, this book collects those issues in hardcover.

Set after the events of the first Ender novel, this was touted as a direct sequel to Ender’s Game. It was a great way to know Ender Wiggin. Here, he was already a battle scar
Salman Mehedy Titas
First of all, Ender in Exile is not a sequel Ender's Game, that title solely belongs to Speaker For The Dead, it is a rewritten version of the last two chapters. A novel length rewrite, I must add.

When the war ended, everyone at Eros went home one by one. Except for Ender. When the war ended, he had turned into a superweapon in the minds of the politicians, to be used by America against her enemies. Therefore it was in the best interest of everyone that he be made the governor of a colony. The s
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book serves a weird role in the Ender series. It's both a direct sequel to Ender's Game and the conclusion to the Shadow series, tying up some threads left by Bean, Petra, Peter, and Virlomi. It contradicts the last chapter of Ender's Game, which Card acknowledges in the afterword and future editions of the book will have a revised final chapter. But it also expands on that final chapter, to give more backstory to Speaker for the Dead and more fully explain Ender's time as the governor of ...more
Card can write fantastically in his sleep, although I kind of feel like he snored right through this one a little too much. It fills the same role in the Enderverse as Back to the Future II: a good story in its own right, but kind of just something to fill in the holes between his really great works. It feels like about 3 or 4 short stories that were smooshed together like play-doh.

Card makes Ender too much of a Mary Sue character here. He's always right, always has a plan, and is smarter than e
Dan Hancock
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'm honestly not sure this book needed to exist. While it does tie up all the dangling plotlines from the Shadow series, the book as a whole doesn't really have any driving conflict. It's more just "here's what happened to Ender in the immediate aftermath of the Bugger War." There are two seeming conflicts in the book, but they both seem manufactured, just to give Ender something to do.

Thrilled as I am to have another Ender book, I think it would have been better if the Bean stories had just bee
Blake Petit
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Continuing my chronological reread of the Ender books, I've reached this "direct" sequel to the original ENDER'S GAME. It was an enjoyable read, but as a book, it doesn't have much of an identity in and of itself. Much of it is a detailed expansion and revision of the last chapter of ENDER'S GAME. Other parts serve as an epilogue to SHADOW OF THE GIANT, picking up on a dangling plot thread remaining from Bean's series. Still more of it works to justify some of the major cultural changes in the ' ...more
Bradley Woodall
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Tyler Sampson
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely not my favorite of the “Ender” books but still tells an interesting story. It gives an interesting look at Ender post “Enders Games” but while still young and not quite the adult found in “Speaker for the Dead”. If there is still more to come in the series, I welcome it.
Shane Ver Meer
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have much to say about this one, other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The work provides more depth to the Wiggins as a whole, and the pacing was excellent. I particularly liked the Toscano sub-plot. Good book. ...more
Emily Allen
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.

Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th

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Enderverse: Publication Order (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
  • Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2)
  • Xenocide (Ender's Saga, #3)
  • Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4)
  • Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series, #1)
  • Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series, #2)
  • Shadow Puppets (The Shadow Series, #3)
  • First Meetings in Ender's Universe (Ender's Saga, #0.5)
  • Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow, #4)
  • A War of Gifts (Ender's Saga, #1.1)

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