Shadows in Flight (Ender's Shadow Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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Ender’s Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel...

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten--a fading ansible signal ...
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Overview


Ender’s Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel...

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten--a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders--the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship’s colony. Shadows in Flight is the fifth novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.

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Editorial Reviews

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In this long-awaited sequel to Orson Scott Card's 2005 Shadow of the Giant, Ender and three of his children flee to the outskirts of the universe in search of a cure of their accelerated life cycle. No encouraging answers come from Earth's scientists, but when the Delphikis come upon a deserted Formic colony ship deep in space, they make discoveries of their own that could change everything. Bound to be a bestseller. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Card’s fifth novel narrated by Julian “Bean” Delphiki (after Shadow of the Giant) mingles transcendent strangeness and didacticism. On a spaceship cut off from the rest of civilization, Julian is raising his three remarkable children, doomed to die young by the engineered genes that also make them inhumanly brilliant. Triplets Cincinnatus, Carlotta, and Ender (named for Bean’s old classmate) are only six years old and already smarter than nearly any adult, but just as emotionally immature as any children. Bean tries setting them up as an incestuously reproducing super-race who will be parents at age eight and dead at 22, but when an unidentified alien ship appears, the children eagerly embrace a less depressing way to prove themselves. Bean’s endless lectures make him appear a mouthpiece for the author; his children’s snarky resentment of being talked down to will similarly ring true for readers. Agent: Barbara Bova Literary Agency. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"Card's latest installment in his Shadow subseries…does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult…. Card makes the important point that there's always more than one side to every issue. Fans will marvel at how subtly he has prepared for the clever resolution." 

Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Shadow of the Giant

Shadow of the Giant is a fitting and satisfying continuation to the Ender series, although it is not a conclusion. Card...seems to indicate that he will at some point return to follow Bean's family and the other Battle School Children as they expand throughout the galaxy.” 

—SF Site.com

“Once again, Card keeps the action, danger, and intrigue levels high...paves the way for further Ender-Bean developments; and leaves his readers eagerly awaiting them.” 

Booklist on Shadow Puppets

Library Journal
Julian "Bean" Delphiki, a friend of the legendary Ender Wiggin (Ender's Game) from the Battle School during the war against the alien Formics, has left Earth along with his three children to spend the remainder of their artificially short lives among the stars. Bean and his children all have Anton Syndrome, a condition defined by hyperintelligence and gigantism that results in a life span of under 25 years. Hoping to use their knowledge to discover a cure for their condition, the space travelers encounter an alien ship that may contain a surprising answer to their problem. Picking up where Shadow of the Giant leaves off, Card deals with the repercussions of bioengineering for the human species. VERDICT Card's graceful storytelling gives this narrative the feel of a parable or a futuristic myth; it is bound to please the author's fan base and readers who enjoyed the first book.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Julian "Bean" Delphiki's story continues in this thrilling installment of Card's acclaimed sci-fi saga. More than four centuries have passed since Earth's scientists first activated Anton's Key, a double-edged genetic mutation granting both hyperintelligence and a painfully fatal form of gigantism. On Earth, the once-desperate quest for a cure has been forgotten. Hurtling through space at light speed, Bean and his three infected children still seek a solution. They find it aboard an abandoned Formic colony ship. In studying a mysterious plague that appeared to have killed the ship's previous inhabitants, the children believe they've discovered how to alter their own cellular structure so as to keep their intelligence while doing away with the more undesirable side effects of Anton Syndrome. Only time will tell if their experiment will be successful. Card's storytelling and world-building are fantastic, and fans of the series will surely be pleased. However, the story is complex and only minimal background is provided. Familiarity with the previous books is required to appreciate the intricacies of this one.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Warning: Do not attempt to appreciate this book without at least some familiarity with Card's child-warrior Ender series. Previously in Shadow of the Giant (2005), military supergenius Bean fled Earth with his three surviving children aboard a starship; at the relativistic speeds of which the ship is capable, time-dilation effects may enable them to stay alive long enough for medical researchers to find a cure. They all have Anton's Key, which gives them tremendously accelerated and enhanced growth and intelligence, the profound drawback being that they never stop growing and will die before reaching the age of 30. Bean is already more than 14 feet tall and so debilitated that he can survive only in microgravity. The children—they call themselves "leguminotes"—biologist Ender, engineer Carlotta and warrior Sergeant, are 6-year-old late-adolescents and far smarter if no less quarrelsome than any other human. But they need a purpose other than mere survival—Ender, keyed into the latest research via ansible, the instantaneous communicator Card and others borrowed from Ursula Le Guin, suspects that a cure may not just be improbable, but impossible—so fatherly Bean has secretly steered them towards a surprising, not altogether unexpected but certainly intriguing confrontation. No further characterization is practicable without giving away what little plot there is, but don't worry, plotting has never been what Card is all about. The author has always superbly written about children, and here he's in top form. The original Ender, still roaming the galaxy in search of redemption, rarely gets a mention: bad news for Enders, good news for leguminotes. If you still prefer Ender to Bean after this, you're really hardcore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466843936
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Ender's Shadow Series , #5
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 17,366
  • File size: 215 KB

Meet the Author

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it’s many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past.  Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender’s Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien “Buggers”.
Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender’s Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of  the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers’ workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series “The Tales of Alvin Maker” (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart’s Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card’s recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.    Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card,  He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

Biography

Any discussion of Orson Scott Card's work must necessarily begin with religion. A devout Mormon, Card believes in imparting moral lessons through his fiction, a stance that sometimes creates controversy on both sides of the fence. Some Mormons have objected to the violence in his books as being antithetical to the Mormon message, while his conservative political activism has gotten him into hot water with liberal readers.

Whether you agree with his personal views or not, Card's fiction can be enjoyed on many different levels. And with the amount of work he's produced, there is something to fit the tastes of readers of all ages and stripes. Averaging two novels a year since 1979, Card has also managed to find the time to write hundreds of audio plays and short stories, several stage plays, a television series concept, and a screenplay of his classic novel Ender's Game. In addition to his science fiction and fantasy novels, he has also written contemporary fiction, religious, and nonfiction works.

Card's novel that has arguably had the biggest impact is 1985's Hugo and Nebula award-winner Ender's Game. Ender's Game introduced readers to Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a young genius faced with the task of saving the Earth. Ender's Game is that rare work of fiction that strikes a chord with adults and young adult readers alike. The sequel, Speaker for the Dead, also won the Hugo and Nebula awards, making Card the only author in history to win both prestigious science-fiction awards two years in a row.

In 2000, Card returned to Ender's world with a "parallel" novel called Ender's Shadow. Ender's Shadow retells the events of Ender's Game from the perspective of Julian "Bean" Delphinki, Ender's second-in-command. As Sam to Ender's Frodo, Bean is doomed to be remembered as an also-ran next to the legendary protagonist of the earlier novel. In many ways, Bean is a more complex and intriguing character than the preternaturally brilliant Ender, and his alternate take on the events of Ender's Game provide an intriguing counterpoint to fans of the original series.

In addition to moral issues, a strong sense of family pervades Card's work. Card is a devoted family man and father to five (!) children. In the age of dysfunctional family literature, Card bristles at the suggestion that a positive home life is uninteresting. "How do you keep ‘good parents' from being boring?" he once said. "Well, in truth, the real problem is, how do you keep bad parents from being boring? I've seen the same bad parents in so many books and movies that I'm tired of them."

Critical appreciation for Card's work often points to the intriguing plotlines and deft characterizations that are on display in Card's most accomplished novels. Card developed the ability to write believable characters and page-turning plots as a college theater student. To this day, when he writes, Card always thinks of the audience first. "It's the best training in the world for a writer, to have a live audience," he says. "I'm constantly shaping the story so the audience will know why they should care about what's going on."

Card brought Bean back in 2005 for the fourth and final novel in the Shadow series: Shadow of the Giant. The novel presented some difficulty for the writer. Characters who were relatively unimportant when the series began had moved to the forefront, and as a result, Card knew that the ending he had originally envisioned would not be enough to satisfy the series' fans.

Although the Ender and Shadow series deal with politics, Card likes to keep his personal political opinions out of his fiction. He tries to present the governments of futuristic Earth as realistically as possible without drawing direct analogies to our current political climate. This distance that Card maintains between the real world and his fictional worlds helps give his novels a lasting and universal appeal.

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    1. Hometown:
      Greensboro, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richland, Washington
    1. Education:
      B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
    2. Website:

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Shadows in Flight (Chapter 1)

The starship Herodotus left Earth in 2210 with four passengers. It accelerated nearly to lightspeed as quickly as it could, and then stayed at that speed, letting relativity do its work.

On Herodotus, just over five years had passed; it had been 421 years on Earth.

On Herodotus, the three thirteen-month-old babies had turned into six-year-olds, and the Giant had outlived his life expectancy by two years.

On Earth, starships had been launched to found ninety-three colonies, beginning with the worlds once colonized by the Formics and spreading to other habitable planets as soon as they were found.

On Herodotus, the six-year-old children were small for their age, but brilliant beyond their years, as the Giant had been when he was little, for in all four of them, Anton's Key had been turned, a genetic defect and a genetic enhancement at the same time. Their intelligence was beyond the level of savants in every subject matter, without any of the debilitations of autism. But their bodies never stopped growing. They were small now, but by age twenty-two, they would be the size of the Giant, and the Giant would be long dead. For he was dying, and when he died, the children would be alone.

Shadows in Flight Copyright &copy 2012 by Orson Scott Card

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Not the full text!!

    Beware! You are not looking at a full text version of the book. It is abridged, hyperlinked and illustrated. I feel like I've been had.

    34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Shadows in Flight - impaired edition

    I feel deceived. This is not the book I intended to purchase but, rather, some sort of young adult version with pictures and text that is only one quarter the length of that in the original novel.

    25 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Not full edition

    It's a good book, but beware that this is not the full version available in text. This is only 80 pages long instead of the 400 pages in hardcopy. Not sure why this is called an enhanced version. Buyer beware!

    21 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Can't believe OSC pulled this...

    Should have read the reviews first, but didn't feel it was necessary for an OSC release. 80 pages for $12! My respect for OSC just plummeted. Enhanced edition? What a joke.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    BUYERS BEWARE

    This is not the full book! I found this out moments after purchasing this product. I have been waiting for this to be released as an ebook, so i was obviously thrilled to see it and bought it immediately. I had no idea that enhanced version meant only a portion of the book. So do NOT purchuse this product if you want to read the full book.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    I don't think I've ever been this mad in my life. What a ripoff!

    I don't think I've ever been this mad in my life. What a ripoff!! 13$ (after txs) for a book with pictures!! and only 74 pages long!? Cmon Really!? I've been waiting for this book for what seems like forever and I'm quite upset. They should put in the title, OR ATLEAST in the description!!, that this isnt the entire book! I'm very disappointed!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    I want a refund

    ABRIDGED. Do not buy.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    When is the full ebook version of this coming out?

    Not a good option unless you are a child.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Beware Nook owners. If you click on the Buy Now button for the N

    Beware Nook owners. If you click on the Buy Now button for the Nook version, you end up buying the "enhanced version". Fix it Barnes and Noble, cause I really want to read this book on my Nook...not the enhanced version.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Wow first time I don't bother reading reviews. I've loved the En

    Wow first time I don't bother reading reviews. I've loved the Enders game books since I read them as a kid and was looking forward to the newest one in the Bean series. Finally saw it available in E-Book so I bought it right away. Little did I know that this wasn't the real book. DO NOT GET THIS! While the product description says 157 pages it's only 73. It's NOT the actual story! Total rip-off for $11.99

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    I want my money back. I didn't realize I wasn't getting the ful

    I want my money back. I didn't realize I wasn't getting the full book. "Enhanced" is not the correct term.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Get the real version.

    Heavily abridged, poorly edited, and full of typos. Why? Not like having the full version of the novel included in this ebook would have cost them more to print.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    As many have written and I did not read until too late, this is

    As many have written and I did not read until too late, this is not the full addition. This is an extremely abridged version with a lot of pictures. I guess it is my own fault for not reading the reviews but I was so excited to see that the next book was out I bought it. I do still feel cheated though.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Maybe I expected too much?

    Like the previous books about Ender and Bean the imagery that came out of the writing is very good. Unfortunately, for me, "Shadows in Flight" seemed like it should be the middle two or three chapters in the middle of a really good novel. Instead, on its own, it read as a short story. I loved all the other "Shadow" books and most of the "Ender" books but this left me feeling like the author did not want to spend the time to write a complete story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Barnes and Noble get your sh*t together. When you click on the &

    Barnes and Noble get your sh*t together. When you click on the "NOOK book" link of the regular version of this book, you then get hyper linked to this "enhanced version."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Worth the wait!

    If you've followed Car'd ender series and his Shadow series then it shouldn't be any surprise that this book will not answer all the questions about the final outcome but then as Card himself has said it wasn't meant ot be. I enjoyed the way Card continues the series in this short novel. In this novel we follow Beans 3 childeren that he has taken with him in his quest to lengthen his life due to the giantism disease he was born with due to Antons key being turned. The three children with have the same genetic problem so he has taken to space at relativistic speed in order for the cure to be found on Earth. The happen to stumble on an ancient Formic Arc. They decide to board the ship and what they find may surprise even the hardcore ender fans. This is a perfect set up for the final book. (Shadows Alive - no release date set yet) It will be interesting to find out how Card will be able to tie both series together. Anyway he does should be worth any wait. I strongly suggest that if you are an Ender/Bean fan at any level you read read Shadows in Flght!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Too short

    This was a waste of money. I was so excited to read this and on my nook it ended in 137 pages. VERY disappointed and this is one of my favorite series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Almost $8 for just a measley 75 pages????

    Almost $8 for a measley 75 pages???? "Enhanced edition"??? The *only* 'enhancement' is the pictures and 'excerpts'! I've paid as much for five times as many pages! I think all who have purchased tjis 'enhanced edition' should either be refunded $7.00 or allowed to dowload the UN-enhanced version for FREE!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Ripped off...only 75 pages with lots of kid pictures and some ex

    Ripped off...only 75 pages with lots of kid pictures and some extended chapters at the end....should have read the other reviews and not purchased this since it definetely isn't the full text printed edition. Wish I could get my money back since paying $7.99 for less than 1/4 of a book. Please fix B&N.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Disappointed

    I've been waiting for this part of the story for a while and was very disappointed in the length of the story. I was hoping for a much bigger story. I think this was an ok book but definitely not worth the 11.99 I paid for it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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