Shadow of the Hegemon Mass Market Paperback – Dec 9 2001
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Orson Scott Card finally explores what happened on earth after the war with the Buggers in the sixth book of his Ender series, Shadow of the Hegemon. This novel is the continuation of the story of Bean, which began with Ender's Shadow, a parallel novel to Card's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ender's Game.
While Ender heads off to a faraway planet, Bean and the other brilliant children who helped Ender save the earth from alien invaders have become war heroes and have finally been sent home to live with their parents. While the children try to fit back in with the family and friends they haven't known for nearly a decade, someone's worried about their safety. Peter Wiggins, Ender's brother, has foreseen that the talented children are in danger of being killed or kidnapped. His fears are quickly realized, and only Bean manages to escape. Bean knows he must save the others and protect humanity from a new evil that has arisen, an evil from his past. But just as he played second to Ender during the Bugger war, Bean must again step into the shadow of another, the one who will be Hegemon.
In Shadow of the Hegemon, Card can't help but fall back into old patterns. But while the theme is the same as in previous books--brilliant, tragic children with the fate of the human race resting on their shoulders--Shadow of the Hegemon does a wonderful job of continuing Bean's tale against a backdrop of the politics and intrigue of a fragile earth. While the novel is accessible, new readers to the series would be wise to begin with Ender's Game or Ender's Shadow. --Kathie Huddleston --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
From Publishers Weekly
This fine follow-up to Ender's Shadow features that novel's hero, Bean (now a young man), wrestling with Card's trademark: superbly real moral and ethical dilemmas. In a world between wars, filled with ambitious countries jockeying to carve up their neighbors, the children of Battle School are the strongest asset a nation can possess. The greatest of the children, "Ender" Wiggin, has gone off to colonize a new world. The second best, Bean, is hunted by a young psychopathic genius, Achilles, who schemes to conquer Earth with the aid of Ender's soldiers. Peter, Ender's brother, who was too ruthless to make it to Battle School, also works to rule the planet, but through more peaceful, political means. Bean must decide if becoming Peter's shadow and guiding him to become Hegemon will help defeat Achilles, and if one boy's megalomania will make a better world than another's. Children playing at war as if it were a game recalls Card's most famous work, Ender's Game, which won both a Hugo and a Nebula award. The complexity and serious treatment of the book's young protagonists will attract many sophisticated YA readers, while Card's impeccable prose, fast pacing and political intrigue will appeal to adult fans of spy novels, thrillers and science fiction. (Jan. 2) Forecast: Card is immensely popular; this is one of his best novels. Like Ender's Game, it will soar on genre lists and should flirt with, and perhaps woo, regular lists. Tor will ensure this through a $300,000 ad/promo campaign including a nine-city author tour.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
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Card's handling of politics between countries makes the book engaging, as it revolves around a kidnaping of Petra by Achilles and Bean efforts to save her. We even get to see what Battle school graduates are doing after Battle school. They are at the heart of military strategies in the book, sometimes to the chagrin of adults. It you truly believe in the child geniuses being brilliant strategizers then the books work. People who have read Ender's Game and accepted a six year old killing another bully of a six year old seem surprised with the maturity of battle school graduates. The whole point was to make them grow up faster and draw out strategies for war. It stands to reason that they could plan wars on planets or space since their training would have started with the history of wars on Earth and then branched out into space.
Bean is more human in this book. He shows more emotion for people and he interacts more with his environment. Peter's role in this book was surprisingly small, but he is sure sure to play a larger role in the future books.
It is well worth the read. It continues in the Ender tradition, but it 100% new events as opposed to Ender's Shadow.
Card's first book of the Ender quartet, Ender's Game, was a great hit. His combination of genius children, evil I.F. leaders, and space combat made a book that would make you think, but still be a fun read. The second book of the quartet, Speaker for the Dead, took a gigantic leap from action to science/discovery; and yet, for how much it changed, it still had the same feel to it and was very enjoyable to read. After completing his last two books(Xenocide and Children of the Mind)he took another huge leap and created a parallel story: the story of Ender's right hand man. Ender's Shadow(the story of Bean) was quite an origanal novel, even though it was a parallel to Ender's Game. It was a great book, and just begged for a sequel. Card, most likely knowing that he most likely could not create another like it, chose to write a more political book, instead.
He titled his book Shadow of the Hegemon. His book focused on a world about to be torn apart by war. Russia has aquired Aqullies, a psychotic teenager with a hungry need for power. Ender's jeesh are starting to disappear and China is starting to again look like a super-power. Indian's and Thai play a huge role as well. This book is a must buy. Its political and moral dilemmas have again succeded in making this book an "On-the-edge-of-your-seat-thriller". Buy it!
Most recent customer reviews
Not as good as Enders Game and the Shadow, but as entertaining. Complex, yet plots inside plots that in the end weave together to complete a nice story. Read morePublished on March 29 2014 by ET
This was an ok book...definitely NOT one of Card's best books. I enjoyed Ender's Shadow and I guess in a way, it was interesting to see what happens to all the Battle School kids... Read morePublished on June 3 2005
I enjoyed Children of the Mind very much. In this book you can see the aftermath of the Bugger Wars. You can see a better look at Bean,Petra, and Achilles. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
This book by Orson Scott Card, is a very good sequel to Enders shadow. It gives more depth about the character known as bean. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by the norious
It's rare for me to only give a Orson Scott Card book three stars, but Card seems to have really stumbled with this one. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Amazon Customer
I am sure that I am not the only one that suspects that Card wrote Ender's Shadow to take one final squeeze out of the cash cow that is Ender's Game. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by kankan
I have read through other 2 books in the Ender's series including Ender's Game and the Speaker for the Dead. Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by charlie c