Wednesday, April 14, 2010
If you haven't read Ender's Game, go read it. And then you have two choices of follow-up novels - Speaker for the Dead etc, or Ender's Shadow etc. I followed Ender's Shadow and truly enjoyed the geopolitical sci fi exploration of what happens after a unified earth loses its distant planetary enemy. I understand that the Speaker for the Dead sequence is a lot more philosophical and esoteric - I'll have to be convinced to try it.
Anyhow, Ender in Exile is a bridge between the two. It takes place within the last two chapters of Ender's game, where Card gave a quick "and this it what happened to the main character" summary. This book is an interesting exploration of that. Card's very good at writing very smart people acting very smartly. This turned out to be scientific, sociological, psychological smart pulp. I enjoyed it very much, and it kept my brain interested. He also kept the book emotionally interesting, when it'd be easy to keep very smart young people unemotional. But it's really only interesting if you read Ender's Game and wondered what happened to Ender, and don't feel like cracking open Speaker for the Dead.