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Shadows in Flight (Ender's Shadow Series #5)

Shadows in Flight (Ender's Shadow Series #5)

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by Orson Scott Card

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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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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

Meet the Author

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.

Scott Brick first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, AudioFile magazine named Brick a Golden Voice and "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy." He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert's bestselling Dune series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. Brick has narrated for many popular authors, including Michael Pollan, Joseph Finder, Tom Clancy, and Ayn Rand. He has also won over 40 AudioFile Earphones Awards and the AudioFile award for Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense 2011. In 2007, Brick was named Publishers Weekly's Narrator of the Year.

Emily Janice Card has read a number of audiobooks, including Ben Bova's The Aftermath, Orson Scott Card's Ender in Exile, Lisa Gardner's The Neighbor, and several titles by Kimberly Willis Holt. Card is an actor, singer, and writer from North Carolina. On screen, she's appeared in The Delivery. Her stage work includes The Importance of Being Earnest, Bye Bye Birdie, The Fantasticks, and Once Upon a Mattress. She also adapted and starred in the play A Sepulcher of Songs, based on a short story by her father, Orson Scott Card.

Brief Biography

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

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Shadows in Flight 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Bullitt5094 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
troymcmeans More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 $11.99
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ABRIDGED. Do not buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever been this mad in my life. What a ripoff!! 13$ (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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a good option unless you are a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want my money back. I didn't realize I wasn't getting the full book. "Enhanced" is not the correct term.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
gschndlr More than 1 year ago
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.
SeveredFred More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't realize this wasn't the "real" version until after finishing it. Unsure about weather to read the full version now that I know what happens. Feel cheated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beware - if you order the Nook version here, you're still getting the "enhanced" edition (i.e., much shorter than the print version). When are Nook readers going to be able to get the full text version of this book?
tiver01 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish I had seen the other reviews. 10 cents a page is ridiculous
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It's so good but it leaves you wanting so much more!!! Kind of like the life an antonine. The inner monologues of the children are kind of long sometimes. Like most of the later Enders game books. But the story is so fascinating that it really doesn't matter. I was hooked.
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