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“As in most great speculative fiction, Card mines the depths of humanity's philosophical and political ideas through Ender's trials and discoveries. Ender in Exile brings together many drifting story lines from a number of other books in the series…. For those who are familiar with Ender and his world, this is a wonderful treat to be devoured whole in a gulp and then returned to later to digest at leisure.” School Library Journal
“Threads from all the other books in the series flow through this narrative…. Ender's angst, combined with his handling of the intrigue swirling around him, ensures the depth for which the series is famous.” Booklist
“Series fans will enjoy this thoughtful take on the life of a young man who has already accomplished his destiny.” Library Journal
This new tale in Card’s ever-expanding Enderverse tackles Ender in the months following his saving Earth and his eventual exile by those he saved. As he reconciles his act of “xenocide,” Ender re-establishes his relationship with his sister, Valentine, while also trying to create stability on a newly established colony planet. While Ender finds himself with many potential enemies, they pale in comparison to his own inner antagonist. Though Stefan Rudnicki dominates much of the text, additional cast members embody different narrative voices within the story. Rudnicki performs well; his knack for sliding between prose and voices, both male and female, is aurally hypnotic. His deep, resonating voice skillfully employs timing and emphasis to elicit great emotion from the text. Card reads the afterword, in which he explains that though this book contradicts Enderverse continuity, this still remains the “real story.” A Tor hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 29). (Nov.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
VOYA - Sarah Flowers
Margaret Edwards Award-winner Card's latest entry in the Ender series goes back to the first book, Ender's Game (Tor, 1985). In fact, this novel essentially takes the last chapter of Ender's Game and expands it to novel length. Ender is thirteen, the hero of the world for destroying the formics. But where does a thirteen-year-old hero live? Ender and his sister Valentine, who has just retired as the demagogue Demosthenes, go to a colony planet where Ender will become the governor. Ender is obsessed with the formics, particularly with wondering why the hive queens allowed him to destroy their planet. At the same time, he must deal with human concerns, such as the power-hungry captain of the ship that is taking him to the colony world and the Italian girl and her mother who see Ender as a "young man with prospects.o Card does not disappoint as he explores ideas and human nature through Ender's eyes. Much of the novel consists of dialogue and e-mails, and these devices keep the book moving along at a rapid clip. Even though readers of Ender's Game and its other sequels and companion books will not be in doubt as to the resolution of this book, Card keeps the tension going. Fans, especially those who enjoyed the first Ender book and the Shadow companion books, will be delighted to learn more about the teenaged Ender and his journeys. Reviewer: Sarah Flowers
The war against the insectoid formic aliens is over, the definitive battle won by 13-year-old Ender Wiggin through virtual technology and real-time game simulation. Now "Admiral" Wiggin has no home. Though called the Savior of the Earth, he is also a boy responsible for the genocide of an entire race of beings. Instead of living in protected isolation, Ender decides to travel colonized space accompanied by his sister Valentine and an artificial intelligence that would one day be known as Jane. Returning to one of his most popular series, Card fills in the gap between the original award-winning Ender's Game and its sequels, taking up Ender's story immediately after the war's end. Series fans will enjoy this thoughtful take on the life of a young man who has already accomplished his destiny.
School Library Journal
Here is Card's answer to all those readers who asked, "What happened to Ender?" between Ender's Game (1985) and Speaker for the Dead (1986, both Tor), a gap that covers nearly 3000 years. Twelve-year-old Ender Wiggin should be coming home to a hero's welcome after wiping out the dreaded buggers-aliens who have twice defeated humanity in the past-in a fierce space battle. He is instead proclaimed a dangerous weapon and appointed titular governor of a colony world to keep him as far away from Earth as possible. His beloved sister Valentine joins him on the colony ship but is unable to penetrate the barriers he has erected around himself. Wracked with remorse at his genocide of the buggers, Ender searches for the reason the aliens allowed him to defeat them, knowing the answer will give him direction. As in most great speculative fiction, Card mines the depths of humanity's philosophical and political ideas through Ender's trials and discoveries. Exile brings together many drifting story lines from a number of other books in the series, so it's not for the uninitiated. For those who are familiar with Ender and his world, this is a wonderful treat to be devoured whole in a gulp and then returned to later to digest at leisure.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI