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Ender in Exile (Ender Quintet #5)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Great, but not necessary

Ender in Exile answers many of the questions at the end of Ender's Game. As Orson Scott Card exxplains in the epilogue, most of the book happens in between chapter 14 and 15 of Ender's Game. If you have just finished Ender's Game, i suggest that you read this book bef...
Ender in Exile answers many of the questions at the end of Ender's Game. As Orson Scott Card exxplains in the epilogue, most of the book happens in between chapter 14 and 15 of Ender's Game. If you have just finished Ender's Game, i suggest that you read this book before you move on to Speaker for the Dead. But, if you are like me and are already further into the series, it is not completely necessary to read this book.

posted by DJ_Dinosaur on July 30, 2009

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11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Buy this book if you really liked Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars episode 1

In trying to fill up every single gap between Ender's Game and Children of the Mind, Orson Scott Card has done to his signature series what George Lucas did to Star Wars.

The 3 original books were excellent, although the first was the best.

The subsequ...
In trying to fill up every single gap between Ender's Game and Children of the Mind, Orson Scott Card has done to his signature series what George Lucas did to Star Wars.

The 3 original books were excellent, although the first was the best.

The subsequent book exploring Bean's story was still readable, but got less interesting the futher we moved away from the core plotline of Ender.

This book is an abomination on the order of Jar Jar Binks or possibly Godfather IV. In order to create plot devices to move the story along, Card actually contradicts what he wrote in his existing books both in small details (the principles behind superlight flight) and in core plot devices (the hive queen). Ender in Exile doesn't add to the depth of the sage - only to its length. A lot of pages on details, but not a lot of new depth to the character or storyline.

In fact, the only character whose depth was enhanced by this book was Colonel Graff, although readers who has read Ender's Shadow would already appreciate his larger-than-expected role in Ender's universe.

Reading this book is like watching the character of Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars. It's hard to understand why the creative mind behind a classic would even write in this monstrosity.

posted by Plato90s on November 18, 2008

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Not the best in the series

    Card himself notes that although the main story that emerges from the narrative is this two-year journey across to the new colony, the true purpose behind writing the book was to fill in many of the gaps from the other books in the series. Honestly, I found it a little boring, and although Card's ability to intricately weave a web of strategy and psychological battle, there's not enough going on in the meta-narrative to keep my interest. With many of the other books in this series, there are great wars being fought on the outside as well as the battles between characters on the inside. This one is largely lacking the great wars being fought on the outside to keep the tension high. The psychological interplay is interesting, but not enough to keep me turning from page to page as fast as possible. Also, it's good that Card is filling in some of the gaps, and that will make this an interesting read for lovers of the Ender series and Ender universe, but on their own, the shorter stories aren't that engaging. -Lindsey Miller, lindseyslibrary

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Not as deep as "Ender's Game" but fun to read.

    If you always wanted to know what happened to Ender after he fought the buggers then you'll really enjoy this book. It's nowhere near as deep and thought provoking as "Ender's Game" though. It basically takes place between the last two chapters of that book. So it explains a lot of his thinking. It's a full story in its own right and a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It just isn't one I'll read again and again. I've read "Ender's Game" at least six times over the years. One of my favorites.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Readable

    Not nearly as good as Enders Game.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

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    Ender is back!

    I was excited to learn of the return of Ender Wiggin. Ender's Game is one of my all-time favorites, and the Bean series wasn't bad. Overall, Ender in Exile doesn't live up to the earlier books in the series, but it's still better than much of what is out there today. Definitely read it if you're an OSC fan. If you're unfamiliar with his work, this is not the book to start with.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    Is this just a reprint of the short story about Jane, or is this actually new?

    I love this series but if this is just already existing short story material condensed into a book with a new name I'll be very disappointed. I've already read the story of Jane, so whats the deal here? Cards' last few novels have been sub-par at best and I really don't want to lose any more faith in one of my childhood favorite authors.

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