Genre: Fiction—Science Fiction
Completed: 20 March 2015
Summary & Review:
With the threat of Achilles neutralized, the new powers of the Earth begin to tear the world apart. The united Muslim empire under Caliph Alai holds onto a rebellious India being led by Virlomi, while a rejuvenated Chinese empire led by Hot Soup looks to make its mark. More than ever, the need for a united world under the leadership of Peter Wiggin as Hegemon is apparent. Thankfully, he has the brightest mind in the world at his side: Bean. But, the genetic manipulation that has given Bean his superhuman intelligence is also his death-sentence, leaving him with only a few years to live. Will there be time for Bean to help Peter achieve the dream Ender fought for: A peaceful, united Earth?
This is the fourth book in the Shadow Series and I think, overall, this is a stronger group of books than the original Ender Quartet. That is probably due to the more cohesive nature of the storylines. Each book in the series flows naturally from the previous one, unlike in the Ender Quarter where there is a three-freaking-thousand-year-gap(!) between books 1 and 2.
Bean is an excellent character. I liked him in Ender’s Game and loved Ender’s Shadow. It has been very worthwhile for Card to explore and develop this fascinating character.