Shadow of the Giant

This is the 8th overall book in Card’s Ender universe, and the fourth book in the Shadow series that revolves around Bean.  The main regret that I have with reading this book is that I didn’t read it immediately after Shadow Puppets with Bean supporting Peter in trying to unify the Earth under one government.  Alas, it was still an enjoyable read, on with the review.

Book Stats

367 pages

Science Fiction

8th book in the Ender universe, 4th in the Shadow series

Characters

All of the characters from the previous shadow books were also in this book, and they were all just as well written as they were in the previous books.  The one character that I’m going to talk about here is Virlomi, one of the graduates of Battle School who was ahead of Ender’s Jeesh.  At the end of the previous book she was in India working to rally the common people to help fight against the Chinese and Muslim governments.  In this book she’s taken her role a bit farther to the point where she thinks she is a goddess.  I love books where the characters are insane and don’t realize it, and this book was no exception.  She really threw a wrench into everyone’s plans, and it was interesting to see how they reacted to it.

Setting

Same as Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets.

Plot

Their are two plots in this book, both of which are continued from the previous books.  The first is the ongoing struggle that Peter has in trying to unite the world under one government, and the second is the continuation of Bean and Petra’s storyline with their children.  If you’ve read the entire series up to this point, you know how Peter’s storyline ends up.  Bean and Petra had their own problems, there were 9 fertilized eggs from them, the one that impregnated Petra and the 8 that were stolen by Volescu.  The larger part of their story involves the search for their children who were birthed from other mothers, as well as deciding what to do if any of their children have the same condition as Bean.

Enjoyment

While Bean and Petra’s storyline has changed slightly over each of the past 3 books, Peter’s storyline was essentially the same.  A lot of this is a matter of taste, but I would have preferred it if the book focused more on Bean and Petra and less on Peter.  But having said that, the political intrigue going on in this book is just as well done as in the previous books, and maybe a little more interesting through the addition of a psychotic character.  There were also a couple of very loose ends to some aspects of the story, but I know there are several other books in the Ender universe that cover some of those loose ends, so I suppose I’ll let it slide.  I also have to say that I really enjoyed the final scenes of the book, they really do a nice job of bringing the end of Ender’s Game and this sequence of events to a fitting conclusion.

Overall Grade

Finishes the story that Card started to tell in Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets, but leaves some room for other stories as well, I enjoyed it.

7/10

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