Review of Ender’s Shadow: Orson Scott Card

Now this book won’t make any sense unless you read Ender’s Game as this is a book that takes place at the same time as Ender’s Game, but just from another perspective. This is from the perspective of the character Bean who was by far my favorite, even more so than Ender.

LOVED this book! But obviously read Ender’s Game first. 5 stars and recommend.

Amazon lists this as Book 5 in the Ender’s series, but my friend suggested I read this one next. I then went on to read the entire Shadow trilogy as the Ender books after Ender’s game take place about 30 years after the first book. Anyways, good book and I would suggest to read this one right after you read Ender’s Game.

Amazon Summary:
Welcome to Battleschool. 

Growing up is never easy. But try living on the mean streets as a child begging for food and fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn’t hesitate to pound your skull into pulp for a scrap of apple. If Bean has learned anything on the streets, it’s how to survive. And not with fists. He is way too small for that. But with brains.

Bean is a genius with a magician’s ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weakness.

What better quality for a future general to lead the Earth in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race, known as Buggers. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander – Ender Wiggins – perhaps his only true rival.

Only one problem: for Bean and Ender, the future is now.

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; 1st edition (May 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765342405

Review of Ender’s Game: Orson Scott Card

So yes, I am WAY behind on some of the big trends. Like I just read Ender’s Game and it was a hit in the 80’s.
Me however? I was born in the 80’s and had never heard of it until my dear friend who was born in the 70’s told me to check it out because they were making a movie of it and it was going to be epic.

So read it I did.

And you know what? It was awesomely popular for a reason! I loved it! I even got my husband to read it.

A lot of people are immediately turned off if a book as anything to do with space and to this I say get over yourself and read this book before the movie comes out!

5 stars and recommend

Amazon Summary:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. 

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.


  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (July 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550706

Review of Deep Sky by Patrick Lee

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DEEP SKY by Patrick Lee

SUMMARY:

The anomaly called the Breach is the governments most carefully guarded secret.

But there is another secret even less known . . . and far more terrifying.

As the U.S. President addresses the nation from
the Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins

Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangentis calling the total destructive might of a shadow government down upon them. For Travis Chase has a dark destiny he cannot be allowed to fulfill . .

THOUGHTS: This was another great book in the Breech series!

FIVE STARS
RECOMMEND

Review of A Million Suns: Beth Revis

This is the second book in the Across the Universe series and the crazy thing is I think I liked this one better than the first, which is not normally the case in a second book. You need to read the other recommendation to get a feel for this book, but if you already read Across the Universe, get this book stat!
I just really liked this one and I give it 5 stars and totally recommend it!
This is a GREAT series and I can’t wait for the next one to come out in January 2013 (so… far… away…)

Amazon Description:
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship

  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514398X

Review of Across the Universe: Beth Revis

Okay, I am not that much of a traditional sci-fi fan. I mean, sure I love Star Wars and even the Star Trek movies, but I’m not one to pick up and read too many alien books, or what I perceived to be alien books. These were not alien books. Actually there are no aliens in them to date, so get that out of your mind if you have doubts. Don’t get me wrong, it is sci-fi: there is a space ship and other space stuff,  but no aliens. Not that I don’t like aliens, there just aren’t any so far.
This was one of those books that at least for me, when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about when I could read it.
I REALLY loved it because it incorporated sic-fi, dystopian, fantasy and romance.
I’m giving this one 5 stars and recommending it!

Amazon description:
Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone. Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her; and more if she’ll let him. But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide…

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595144676