I was discussing the Ender's Game series the other day with a friend and I found us reflecting on the psychology of the characters as if they were real people. Why would Ender skip ahead 3000 years with no record? What happened as he was growing up? My friend then informed me that there was a new book in the series that was supposed to fill in all the details. I bought it online and gobbled it right up. The new book, Ender in Exile, helped me learn more about Ender the "person."
Orson Scott Card, the author, again delivers a novel that makes me believe that his characters are living. Certainly, talented authors do this regularly, but the story in Ender in Exile seems to breathe more life into people that I thought I already knew.
Card frequently uses letters sent from one character to another to fill in gaps and build the story line. This technique is effective in filling in much of the detail I desired, but felt a bit tired by the end. Instead of telling a story, the letters are more like an encyclopedia's account of the facts. As readers, we'd be better served with a few extra pages that tell the story instead of recounting it like a tired journal.
For people who love the Ender's Game series this book does a great job of filling in the missing years, but it left me a little wanting for more. It doesn't quite fill in all the answers between book 1 and 2. Although I thoroughly enjoyed book, I kinda felt like Card was leaving room for another book. I don't object to that strategy and I'll buy the next one, but I finished this book a few minutes ago and I feel a little shortchanged.
Although I'm anxious for more, I loved the book and recommend it to all.
NOTE: If you are new to the Ender's Game series, it is okay to read this book second and then continue onto the remaining books. The series was originally written without this book, but reading it doesn't spoil the other storylines.
Also, please note that chapter 15 in Ender's Game is inconsistent with Ender in Exile. Card acknowledges these inconsistencies in Ender in Exile and has re-written chapter 15 of Ender's Game. The new chapter 15 is due to be released for free on the Internet. At the time of writing this review, I could not yet find it on Card's Web site.
After finishing Ender's Game, a commenter informed me that the next book in the series, chronologically, was Ender in Exile. Thankfully, I did not read any of the other books in the series, and this one was read within a few months of finishing Ender's Game. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins has led the Earth's forces to victory over the formics. Now, as his friends leave Battle School for Earth and the soldiers populate the former worlds of the formics, Ender finds himself in an interesting … more
It was through the Twitterverse that I found out that Orson Scott Card had written another installment of Ender Wiggin's life in the book Ender In Exile. This is described as "the lost years", the time after Ender left battle school and started to come to grips with exactly what he had done in terms of destroying an entire species. While I liked Exile for what it was, I realize that this would have been best read shortly after finishing (or rereading) Ender's Game. I felt the same way here as I … more
Ender in Exile is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, published on November 11, 2008. The book takes place in between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. Ender in Exile begins one year after the Buggers War and the Battle School warriors return to earth.