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Ender in Exile

A book by Orson Scott Card

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What Happens Next for the Victors?

  • May 7, 2009
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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 position - he can't go home to Earth. America wants him to lead their armies and other factions want to assassinate him. Further, if he did go back to Earth, what would he do? His experiences in Battle School aren't easily transferable to civilian life. Ender is given a position of Governor of one of the new colonies, and starts a life of travel to the many worlds that are now being inhabited by humans. However, this allows Ender to learn more about the species that he wiped out, which weighs heavily on his mind.

Reading this book shortly after finishing Ender's Game increased the enjoyment. It is a an excellent sequel, as it shows the ramifications of war from several viewpoints; Ender, who is trying to live with what he has done, the soldiers, who are trying to find a "normal" life as settlers, and Ender's superiors, who attempt to live in a time without intergalactic war. I think that Card has done an excellent job of describing the issues facing every warrior, but does not focus only on one character. Most of the major characters from Ender's Game are in this novel, or their lives after Battle School are described. While there are more entries in this series, Card does an excellent job by resolving some major issues from Ender's Game; Ender's relationship with his parents, Peter's rise to power, and Valentine's need to be with Ender. Card's Afterword is a very good explanation of his motivation for this book and also to tell faithful readers of coming changes in his other books. While it may be seen as "revisionist," Card does the reader a huge favor by creating a better flow within the Ender series as well as resolving some of the contradictions between the novels. Overall, a very satisfying novel.

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review by . July 20, 2009
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."   …
review by . March 01, 2009
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 …
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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.

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ISBN-10: 0765304961 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780765304964 (hbk.)
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Date Published: November 11, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7653-049604
Format: Hardback
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