Ender in Exile (Ender Quintet Series #5)

Ender in Exile (Ender Quintet Series #5)

by Orson Scott Card
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Ender in Exile (Ender Quintet Series #5) by Orson Scott Card

After twenty-three years, Orson Scott Card returns to his acclaimed best-selling series with the first true, direct sequel to the classic Ender's Game.

In Ender's Game, the world's most gifted children were taken from their families and sent to an elite training school. At Battle School, they learned combat, strategy, and secret intelligence to fight a dangerous war on behalf of those left on Earth. But they also learned some important and less definable lessons about life.

After the life-changing events of those years, these children—now teenagers—must leave the school and readapt to life in the outside world.

Having not seen their families or interacted with other people for years—where do they go now? What can they do?

Ender fought for humanity, but he is now reviled as a ruthless assassin. No longer allowed to live on Earth, he enters into exile. With his sister Valentine, he chooses to leave the only home he's ever known to begin a relativistic—and revelatory—journey beyond the stars.

What happened during the years between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead? What did Ender go through from the ages of 12 through 35? The story of those years has never been told. Taking place 3000 years before Ender finally receives his chance at redemption in Speaker for the Dead, this is the long-lost story of Ender.

For twenty-three years, millions of readers have wondered and now they will receive the answers. Ender in Exile is Orson Scott Card's moving return to all the action and the adventure, the profound exploration of war and society, and the characters one never forgot.

On one of these ships, there is a baby that just may share the same special gifts as Ender's old friend Bean

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765344151
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Series: Ender Quintet Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 468
Sales rank: 102,526
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.24(d)

About 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.


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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Ender in Exile (Ender Wiggin Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 206 reviews.
DJ_Dinosaur More than 1 year ago
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.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
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
Karen Farris More than 1 year ago
Just when you think youve taken everything you can from the Ender series, a new analysis, a new character, a new story comes to life. Card has never let me down.
roeandnoir More than 1 year ago
Orson Scott Card is an amazing sci-fi writer. I suggest all of the Ender/ Bean series. This was just as enjoyable as the rest of the series.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Where did Ender disappear to after he saved planet Earth from the formics? What happened to Peter and his bid for world domination, to Valentine in Peter's shadow, and to the human race and its government between ENDER'S GAME and SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD?

Finally, Orson Scott Card provides the missing story in the ENDER series that readers have been waiting for! Card writes with his characteristic straightforward style that, though simple, belies the hidden ethical dilemmas presented to the characters every step of the way. And through it all, the story is as gripping as ENDER'S GAME and will keep you up all night until you reach the book's AWESOME conclusion.

Having saved the world from a race of super intelligent and ruthless fighting formics, Ender is exiled to the far reaches of space under the pretension of governing and developing a new colony for humans on a new planet. As always, the government plays an underhanded game in sending him off and all his doings, as Earth and its countries are still at war and unsettled after Ender and the other children of his Battle School won the war. Seen as "Earth's most deadly weapon," Ender soon guesses he will never return to Earth, his family, or any semblance of the life he once knew.

Instead, he begins to research his new obsession, the formic race he destroyed. The new colony he is going to is built on an old formic planet, so Ender goes willingly into hyperspace, aging only two years while everyone on Earth ages forty years. Valentine escapes the plans of Peter on Earth to join Ender in space and secretly, Ender is relieved to have someone he can trust. While Ender indulges in every spec of information on the formics and on the people of his new colony, Valentine waits patiently for Ender to confide his new plans to her while also beginning a series of historical novels on Ender, Battle School, and the Earth wars.

Upon landing on the new colony planet, Ender is hailed as a hero and a welcome source of leadership. He is also confronted with the best discovery he could have asked for - a species of creatures is found deep in a cave, hybrids between formics and a native creature. This is the closest Ender or anyone else has come to studying the actual formics themselves! Through his mental and telepathic communications with these creatures, Ender learns more than he could hope for about the planet and the formics history.

One day, Ender and a native person named Abra go off to explore the planet to find a location for a new colony. On this adventure, Ender discovers the answer to the question he has silently asked himself since he found out the game he played was really a war - "Why did you [the hive queens] let me kill you?"

The truth is more exciting than I can spoil for anyone who has breathlessly awaited this novel.

As always, Orson Scott Card intertwines the story of emerging governments, political struggle, and personal and moral dilemmas as the story of Ender unfolds. Kudos to him for not only continuing a series for over twenty books, but for doing so with inventiveness, brilliant writing, and a compelling story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Jason Cook More than 1 year ago
I have never read an Ender book I didn't thoroughly enjoy. I highly recommend it.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised to find this on the bookshelf, and I am continually surprised by Orson Scott Card. He seems to have a solid grasp on human nature and bends it to his will in all his characters. I am glad that Card decided to go back and write about the teenaged Ender. I am also pleased that he tied this to his parallax Shadow series. While this is not as thought-heavy as the other novels, revisiting Ender's world is always a treat.
Big_Stu53 More than 1 year ago
This 5th in the quartet (a la hitchhiker's guide) fills in a very large gap in the original series and expands Ender's universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as Enders Game.
SnapeLover More than 1 year ago
Card never disappoints me. This was a nice link to Speaker For The Dead. I will admit, I have not yet read SFTD. Card, admits in the afterward, he had some help with this book. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters better. Card is a master at character development. While I would not think this is a necessary read for the ENDER series, if you are a fan go for it! Again, Card does not disappoint and it is an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never as good as Ender's Game. To me, all it was was a bridge, between the former book and the next one. Not one of Card's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really is quite good i like the other books after enders game because the philophy of it all but its really fun going back to ender as a kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was excellent. It kept me interested throughout the entire novel. Ender's Game was definetly the best in the series, but this is a close 2nd.
Lavenderbeard More than 1 year ago
In Ender's Game you get the impression Ender's parents are of average intelligence while the kids are super geniuses. This is a great back story about what is REALLY going on back at home. It turns out like all kids, the Wiggens siblings only think that. In reality the parents are way ahead of the sibs and are quietly manipulating things from behind the curtain. Being a former parent myself, yes I said former parent, I got quite a laugh out of this little factoid.
BigBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Honestly I did not think I would like this book that much before I started reading it...Ender's Game was one of the best books I have ever read and all the books after that have really kept me interested...this book takes place between the first and the second one but also answers a lot of questions from his shadow series! The book is actually pretty good and I definately recommend it to anyone that has read the other books....if you are just starting the series I would actually read this one directly after you finish Ender's Game!!! Enjoy the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ariencel More than 1 year ago
After reading the other sequels to Ender's Game, (and having read Ender's Game twelve years ago), it was very refreshing to get back to the young Ender Wiggin. Back when he was still a strong, clever hero. OSC, my favorite living author since I was eight years old, has not forgotten the Ender we all know and love. This book is everything I wanted it to be, and it was very satisfying. I didn't realize how hungry I was for more Ender until I picked up this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember loving this series when I was in high school, and was happy to read this new book in the series. I was very happy with the plot and writing of this novel, and it makes an excellent addition to the Ender Series. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the rest of the series, though I would not really recommend it as a standalone novel since you will miss out on much of the plot if you have not read at least Ender's Game if not the rest of the series as well.
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Answers a lot of questions about what happened between Ender's Game and Speaker, and of course, in Card fashion, masterfully done. Introduces some new characters and adds depth to characters that were already mainstays (i.e. Graff and Valentine). A page turner, immensely enjoyable and a must read for Ender's fanatics!
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
The first thing I have to say is that I'm so confused by the reading order of this series. I've seen several different numberings for how to read the books, and I'm afraid I'm not reading them right. In any case, aside from that I'm enjoying the series. This book in particular goes back and tells a bit from Ender's Game only in a different perspective and with a bit more information. We also get to see what happens when Ender goes to the new colony. I liked learning about some new characters in this one as well. I've been listening to the audio books (except for the tales from enderverse book) and I like how there are different voices and accents throughout the reading. My kids, ages 10, 11 and 13 have all been enjoying the books as well.
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