Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets

Card, Orson Scott

Book 3.0 of Ender's Shadow

Language: English

Publisher: Orbit

Published: Jan 1, 2002

Words: 98050
Pages: 375


Bestselling author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth and The Shadow Series. Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School. But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless, brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our future. *Shadow Puppets* is the continuing story of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. ** ### Review #### *A Reading Guide for Ender's Game.* **THE ENDER UNIVERSE** **Ender's Series**: Ender Wiggin: The finest general the world could hope to find or breed. The following Ender's Series titles are listed in order: Ender's Game, Ender In Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind. **Ender's Shadow Series**: Parallel storylines to *Ender’s Game* from Bean: Ender’s right hand, his strategist, and his friend. The following Ender's Shadow Series titles are listed in order: Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Shadows in Flight. **The First Formic War Series**: One hundred years before *Ender's Game*, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. These are the stories of the First Formic War. Earth Unaware, Earth Afire. **Ender Novellas ** A War of Gifts, First Meetings. **The Authorized Ender Companion**: A complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things, and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe. ### Review In *Shadow Puppets*, Orson Scott Card continues the storyline of *Shadow of the Hegemon*, following the exploits of the Battle School children, prodigies who have returned to an Earth thrown into chaos after the unifying force of the alien invasion they stopped in *Ender's Game* and *Ender's Shadow* has dissipated. Foremost among these whiz kids is the brilliant Bean who, in *Shadow of the Hegemon*, rescued his comrades from his nemesis--the dastardly Achilles. Now, the down-but-not-out evil genius is again scheming towards global domination and vengeance against the irrepressible Bean. It's up to Bean and his newfound love, Petra, to outwit the young psychopath and save the world. Meanwhile, the other Battle School children are called to serve again as an expansionist China threatens the stability of post-Bugger War Earth. *Shadow Puppets* is, for better or worse, exactly what readers have come to expect from Card. There are thought-provoking musings on geopolitics, war, courage, arrogance, good versus evil, and the concept of children wise beyond their years dealing with grave responsibility. Unfortunately, many of these furnishings are looking a little frayed around the edges, but fans will enjoy an exciting, fast-paced plot and a suspense-filled conclusion. *--Jeremy Pugh*