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Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
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Sep 10, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in September, 2009

This book takes place between Ender's Game and the Xenocide series, covering what Ender did while the events of the Shadow series are happening. This makes it more like a direct sequel to Ender's Game than either of the other series are.

The bulk of the book covers Ender's decision to leave earth and his trip to the first and second colony he visits. Some reasons for Ender's being stigmatized by society and labeled the Xenocide are made clear and what happens to characters after the events of the Shadow series is mentioned obliquely.

The actual content of this book is interesting enough, but the events don't have any real impact on the larger story, so it all ends up seeming sort of throwaway. Ender solves a couple of problems by out-maneuvering his opponents, as you would expect, but the triumphs don't have the same impact as similar situations in the Shadow and Xenocide books. There just doesn't seem to be a very good reason for this book to exist.

Good enough for Ender's Game fans, but not as good, in general, as the rest of the books.

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