Ender's Shadow

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Ender's Shadow
Ender's shadow cover.jpg
FIrst edition
AuthorOrson Scott Card
Cover artistLisa Falkenstern
CountryUnited States
SeriesEnder's Game series
GenreScience fiction
PublisherTor Books
Publication date
September 1999
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages379 (Hardcover)
480 (Paperback)
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3553.A655 E58 1999
Followed byShadow of the Hegemon 

Ender's Shadow (1999) is a parallel science fiction novel by the American author Orson Scott Card, taking place at the same time as the novel Ender's Game and depicting some of the same events from the point of view of Bean, a supporting character in the original novel. It was originally to be titled Urchin, but it was retitled Ender's Shadow prior to release.[1] Ender's Shadow was shortlisted for a Locus Award in 2000.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Bean, the main character, is a homeless child living in the hellish streets of Rotterdam in roughly 2170 after escaping as an infant from an illegal genetic engineering laboratory. Highly intelligent and extremely young, Bean is mainly concerned with his need for food. He joins a large gang of children led by a girl named Poke and sets up a system in which they can all receive nourishment at a local soup kitchen. Specifically, the group gets a bully, Achilles (pronounced 'Ah-Sheel' [French Pronunciation]), to be their protector. However, Achilles is increasingly ruthless, protective, and methodical.

Luckily for Bean, his incredible mind, creativity and determination bring him to the attention of Sister Carlotta, a nun who is recruiting children to fight a war against the Buggers. At the training facility, Battle School, Bean's intelligence becomes apparent. Not only is he smarter than average, he is smarter than any other child at Battle School, including Ender Wiggin. Despite Bean's intelligence, Ender has been chosen to save humanity from the Buggers. Bean begins to uncover secrets and truths about the school and struggles to understand what quality Ender has that he does not, until he is assigned to draw up a "hypothetical" roster for Ender's army and adds himself to the list. At first, Ender does not appear to recognize Bean's brilliance, but time shows that he was grooming Bean as his tactical support, putting him at the head of an unorthodox platoon challenged to outthink the teachers who designed the game and defeat their attempts to tip the balance of advantages towards Ender's rivals.[1]

Throughout the book, the main theme rests on Bean's struggle against the IF administration, which seems bent on breaking Ender, even if it means murder. Throughout all of this, Bean has to contend with the reappearance of Achilles and his own struggle to understand what makes Ender human.

He also makes friends with an older boy named Nikolai who is drawn to Bean because of their similar looks. It is soon discovered, through Sister Carlotta's research, that the two boys are genetic twins, except for Bean's genetic enhancements. Back in the lab, the scientist Volescu had turned Anton's Key, which meant that Bean's body would never stop growing - including his brain - until a premature death between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. Sister Carlotta ensures that Bean will get to live with Nikolai and his parents after the war. In addition, the book depicts the first of Bean's encounters with Achilles. At the end of the story, after they defeat the buggers, Bean is united with his real parents and Nikolai.[1]

Ender's Shadow is the first of a series that includes Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Shadows in Flight, and Shadows Alive.


A five-issue comic book limited series based on Ender's Shadow, called Ender's Shadow: Battle School. was released on December 3, 2008. It was written by Mike Carey, with art by Sebastian Fiumara.[3]


The novel has received numerous awards, including:


  • China Chinese: "安德的影子" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • Czech Republic Czech: "Enderův stín" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • Israel Hebrew: "הצל של אנדר" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • Netherlands Dutch: "Enders Schaduw" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • Poland Polish: "Cień Endera" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • Russia Russian: "Тень Эндера" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • Spain Spanish: "La sombra de Ender" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • Romania Romanian: "Umbra lui Ender" ("Ender's Shadow").
  • France French: "La Stratégie de l'Ombre" ("The Shadow's Strategy")
  • Germany German: "Enders Schatten" ("Ender's Shadow")
  • Hungary Hungarian: "Ender árnyéka" ("Ender's Shadow")
  • South Korea Korean: "엔더의 그림자" ("Ender's Shadow")
  • Bulgaria Bulgarian: "Сянката на Ендър" ("Ender's Shadow")

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Card, Orson (1999). Ender's Shadow. Tor Books. pp. 379. ISBN 0-312-86860-X.
  2. ^ "2000 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  3. ^ Enrolling in School: Carey on Ender's Shadow: Battle School, Newsarama, December 2, 2008
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ender's Shadow". Retrieved 2009-09-19.

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