I know to myself that I’m not a sci-fi reader or anything related to spaceships, solar system and aliens. I didn’t grew up with Star Wars or Star Trek even. When I was a kid, I find it absurd to believe on things like those so, I never gave it a chance. After Ender’s Game review from Carina, I think I’ll give it a chance (I trust Carina’s taste on books, you know) and luckily found a copy of Ender’s Shadow by the same author!
Ender’s Shadow is another book from Orson Scott Card after his best-selling popular book, Ender’s Game. It is NOT a series, just like the author’s foreword said, it is a companion or parallel book, or in literary term, a Parallax. So, it’s no more a problem if you didn’t read the Ender’s Game book. Because the book Ender’s Shadow alone works best in telling its story. Let me introduce you to Bean, a homeless kid of 4 years in a body that looks like a 2-year-old kid that observes the life in the streets of Rotterdam in order to survive. A Precocious kid that taught himself to think fast, read and of course, get food to live. His extraordinary capabilities are noticed by Sister Carlotta and sent him to the Battle School, where smart kids with extraordinary skills and abilities are brought to train for the future war with the Buggers (yes, aliens). As space-time pass, Bean developed the sense of relationship, learned to trust people which is totally unknown to him (since he’s a street-smart kid, he really don’t trust anyone, even the teachers). Card made us feel what Bean feels and as read what Bean thinks. This is a heart-warming story of courage, leadership, and trust/love for family and friends.
It took me almost two weeks to read this book, understandably because it is a thick and long book. The downside for me is that, I lack imagination to things like spaceships and asteroids because I don’t have a background on these. But I tried my best to re-read the parts and imagine what is totally going on in their battle. In the end, it’s an easy read, actually. You will be attached to the characters like I did. I adore Bean! :)
I highly recommend this to you, readers! It’s worth it.
“To hold your stupidity inside you is to embrace it, to cling to it, to protect it. But when you expose your stupidity, you give yourself the chance to have it caught, corrected, and replaced with wisdom. Be brave, all of you, like Nero Boulanger, and when you have a thought of such surpassing ignorance that you think it’s actually smart, make sure to make some noise, to let your mental limitation squeak out some whimpering fart of a thought, so that you have a chance to learn.” – Dimak
Book #36 for 2010