The Last Shadow By Orson Scott Card

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The Last Shadow (Ender Sextet) By Orson Scott Card

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Book/Novel Author: Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card’s The Last Shadow is the long-awaited conclusion to both the original Ender series and the Ender’s Shadow series, as the children of Ender and Bean solve the great problem of the Ender Universe—the deadly virus they call the descolada, which is incurable and will kill all of humanity if it is allowed to escape from Lusitania.One planet.Three sapient species living peacefully together. And one deadly virus that could wipe out every world in the Starways Congress, killing billions.Is the only answer another great Xenocide?At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Beautiful tie up to the whole ender series. Very nicely done and well written as mr card always produces. Thank you
This book is more or less a tangent Mr Card goes on after reading a book about…. talking birds. He handicaps his known characters into whiney caricatures and introduces new ones that are just as horrible. I can accept the idea of the descolada being a chance mutation, but the execution was so haphazard that this appears rushed, like it was ran by nobody familiar with the series at all. For an ending thats been building over decades, this book couldnt be any less satisfying. Luckily, OSC is usually open to fan suggestions and revises works often. Hopefully thats the case here.
I’ve been an Ender fan for most of my life, and I was excited to see a book that would finish out the story. What I read was a book where nothing happens, other than the characters stand around and talk about how smart they are. At the end of the story when things are wrapping up, one of the characters says (and I kid you not), “Well that was fun, but it doesn’t count until it’s written up and peer reviewed!” While I very much support the science, it’s not the sort denouement you expect to see in a series that began with a pre-teen blowing up a planet. This book is like if Marvel made an Avengers movie where all the Avengers did was talk about theoretical uses of their powers, why they are superior to man kind, and maybe occasionally talked to a bird. If Orson Scott Card wasn’t who he was, this book never would have been published.
Starts out a bit stuffy and hard to get into. Becomes much more interesting. Starts to become exciting but doesn’t really peak. Takes a while to end. Worth a read if you’ve read the rest of the Enderverse.
Ender’s Game has been one of my favorite books since childhood having gone through several copies of the book since then. This newest addition (I haven’t finished yet) really sets about culminating the Ender side and the Shadow series together for a finale. I’m a bit into the book and find that there are some details that I need to brush up on so, I’m going to reread both series and finish this book so it’s all fresh in my mind. However, it’s not really necessary as the book isn’t so deep in details of the previous titles, it is easy enough to follow on its own.
I picked up this book at the library because I saw the author’s name and I had really enjoyed Ender’s Game. I didn’t realize that this book is the culminating volume of a long series of books. I chose to read it anyway. The first 130 pages were without enjoyment for me. I didn’t know the characters, and all of them seemed to be crabby and dislikable. Toward the middle of the book, a few wondrous things began happening, and I enjoyed that part. Then the end of the book, which wrapped everything up (I guess) was also incomprehensible and uninteresting to me. IMO, books like this should not come as stand-alone products, because they don’t stand alone. Read it along with the rest of the series, or don’t bother. IMO.

 

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