Best to reread Ender's Game first if it's been awhile since you did...
Mar 1, 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 felt after reading many of the follow-up novels in the series... too much time had passed for me to remember the nuances of the original story line, and I didn't get as much out of it as I could have.
Ender's main quest in Exile is to understand the Formic race, and to figure out why they seemingly let him destroy their species in the Formic War. While he can understand that they were bent on the destruction of earth, he feels there was something more there, something they were trying to communicate before they were annihilated. To learn as much as he can, he decides to move to a new colony on a planet once inhabited by formics. It's there that he finds the answers he's looking for, and it also shapes the path that he wants the rest of his life to take.
I like the way that Card adds so much texture to the person that Ender has become. The interplay between him and his sister Valentine is excellent, and probably kept me more interested in the book than I otherwise would have been. This is definitely a welcome addition to the Ender series, and does help to fill out the story. I just wish I had reread Ender's Game before starting this one, as it would have helped with some of the context.
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." … more
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
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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.