Ender's Shadow

Orson Scott Card


This book is about a child that is about 4-5 years old who is called "Bean." He is called this because of how small he is. Bean lived on the street from around the age of one until he is around 5 or 6. He is extremely small he is nothing but the skin sticking to bones like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth. nothing was large about him except his brain and his distended stomach. He realizes he needs to find a way to get food and protection. He the finds the most vulnerable "gang" to carry out his plan. The plan works but not exactly how he would have liked it to. They get food everyday from a homeless kitchen and also get taught about God and other religious matters. The woman who runs the kitchen happens to have connections with the Battle School (a place where kids and teens who show outstanding features go to become military leaders and soldiers). Bean takes the tests given to him by the Woman and shows top notch intellectual abilities scoring so high on the tests that the director of the battle school thinks the scores were faked. He gets into Battle School and while on the shuttle he realizes how highly he scored and how much trouble that will bring him. Bean becomes Ender's (the main character in Ender's Game the first book of the series) right hand man. At the end of the novel Nikolai (a kid Bean met in battle school) and Bean were brought to Greece by Sister Carlotta where Nikolai was reunited with his mother and father. Nikolai's parents just so happen to be Beans biological parents. So bean was reunited with his brother, father, and his mother.


I chose this book because i saw the movie Ender's Game and decided the sequel should be pretty good. The book was not as good as the movie. It was pretty dry and had some action but not very much until towards the middle of the book. My favorite part of the book is when you find out Bean is the smartest kid that will be going to battle school.overall this book would be a good read for anyone interested in futuristic novels. I would rate this book a two and a half.
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