Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ender in Exile

Published by:  TOR
Release date: November 11, 2008

rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read Ender's Game in October, I really liked it. I'm not a big sci-fi fan though, so I didn't think I would be picking up anymore books about Ender right away (although we own them all thanks to my hubby!). But, when I got a chance to review Orson Scott Card's latest release, which just happens to be the direct sequel to Ender's Game from 24 years ago, I jumped at the chance. I couldn't wait to read what the author had in store for Ender during the "lost years" after Battle School. And, now I have the advantage of reading the whole series in chronological order!

Ender in Exile picks up right after Chapter 14 of Ender's Game. There is some debate over whether or not Ender will be allowed to return to his family on Earth based on political maneuvering and legal implications. But Ender knows he has much more to do with his life, influenced by his obsession to learn more about the formics (formerly known as buggers).

At the close of Ender’s Game, Andrew Wiggin -- called Ender by everyone -- knows that he cannot live on Earth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: He is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony.
He is offered the choice of living under the Hegemon's control, a pawn in his brother Peter's political games. Or he can join the colony ships and go out to settle one of the new worlds won in the war.
The story of those years on the colony worlds has never been told... until now.
As much as I did enjoy Ender's Game, reading Ender in Exile has only encouraged my interest in continuing this series even more. Ender is more grown up and more thoughtful. He's not just reacting to his circumstances, he's taking charge.  I love the personal interactions Ender has as he tries to navigate his new life while approaching adulthood.  Although not a lot actually happens in this book, Card's exploration of the motives behind human behavior was something that I found fascinating.  This book will make a great holiday gift for the sci-fi lover in your life, or anyone who wants who hasn't yet experienced the world of Ender. 

Enjoy the trailer:

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Thank you to Julie from FSB Associates for the chance to read and review this book!


bermudaonion said...

My son loves Orson Scott Card's work, so I'm sure he'd love this.

Booklogged said...

I'm so glad you read and reviewed this book. I finished Ender's Game this year and have been planning on continuing with Ender's Shadow. Didn't realize Card just released this book, so I'll probably read it next instead.

Thanks for the heads up!

Booklogged said...

Whoops! I meant I was going to read Speaker for the Dead next.

Corinne said...

I hadn't heard this was coming out!! I'm glad you liked it :)

Serena said...

It's funny that Cowboys are part of my tradition because I'm originally from New England, but my favorite team has always been the cowboys and my parents hate watching football...I would make them watch it.

stacey @ bookthirty said...

Glad you liked it! Card's talent is amazing, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

:-) i m not a sci-fi fan either :)

Happy Thanksgiving to u and yur family:)