Ender in Exile
by Orson Scott Card
Review by Tom Easton
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765304964
Date: 11 November 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Review by Sam Lubell / Show Official Info /
Is it any good? Well…
The time is immediately after the defeat and eradication of the alien buggers. His fellows from Battle School are returning to Earth to be fought over by governments. Ender himself is a prize and a threat, tainted by his reputation as a killer of other children. When he is offered the chance to travel to the stars and be the (very young) governor of Shakespeare Colony, he takes it. His sister Valentine joins him, leaving Earth to the tender mercies of their brother Peter, once known as Locke. On the voyage, she will write the history of Battle School, while Ender deals with an ambitious ship captain and a woman who wants her daughter to marry a young man with prospects, wins over his fellow passengers, and gets to know the colony's situation and needs. On arrival, he plays the people around him like the master manipulator he is. In due time, he moves on to another colony world, where he finds something that will shape his ensuing career, much of which has already been covered in previous novels.
There is some nice characterization here. There is some gap-filling and some much-belated foreshadowing. There is also an immense amount of talk-talk-talk. If you are an Ender fan, you'll love it. If you're new to the series, it will make you say, "Eh!" I doubt it will create new fans.