Monday, 14 December 2009

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Ender in Exile - Orson Scott Card


At first, Ender believed that they would bring him back to Earth as soon as things quieted down. But things were quiet now, had been quiet for a year, and it was plain to him now that they would not bring him back at all, that he was much more useful as a name and a story than he would ever be as an inconveniently flesh-and-blood person. At the close of ENDER'S GAME, Andrew Wiggin - called Ender by everyone - knows that he cannot live on Earth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Saviour of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living under the Hegemon's control, a pawn in his brother Peter's political games. Or he can join the colony ships and go out to settle one of the new worlds won in the war. The story of those years on the colony worlds has never been told ...until now.


Fan’s of Card have long called for a direct sequel to Enders Game which he has finally been released by his UK publisher Orbit. Whilst it is, as promised a direct sequel, the novel is one that deals with a great many lose threads from other novels in the series as well as giving the reader the chance to get to know the characters on a more personal level. Each one jumps from the page with the guilt suffered by the principle protagonist weighing heavily on his mind for the Xenocide (Alien Species Genocide) of Earth’s Enemies. Beautifully written it’s a tale that really will give the readers contemplative thoughts about mankind’s attitudes as well as getting to know the emotional contexts faced by survivors of a war that they never wanted to fight. It’s a great offering and with Card’s humour wrapped into his gorgeous descriptive pieces its definitely been one of my favourite acquisitions of the year.

1 comment:

Selestial said...

I have to admit, while I love the man's work, his political rants make me less willing to put money in his pocket. If/when I can find this one used, I'll pick it up, but not before then.