Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2007
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Earth and its society has been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics - the unity enforced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School. But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless, brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our future. Here is the continuing story of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.
Publisher: New York : 2007. Macmillan Audio,
ISBN: 9781427228390
Branch Call Number: AB CARD
Characteristics: 1 playaway (approx. 11 hr.)


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Feb 23, 2015

It's hard to believe that Shadow Puppets came from the same author as two of my favorite books, Ender's Game and Pastwatch. Card's characters behave so oddly that I was frequently jolted out of the story. Bean and Petra fawning over each other? Petra desiring Bean's babies? The latter is somewhat touching if shown as an internal monologue, but no, she can't stop saying it to his face. WTF? How old are they? I don't care how intellectually gifted you are. Nobody sane acts like this. Orson Scott Card's was not on his game this time around, and I think the major culprit is that he let his conservative Mormon beliefs slip through the cracks too much. Was it intentional? Card is a brilliant writer and a huge contributor to the annals of science fiction lore, but if you pull back the curtain too far, reveal the storyteller too much as what happened in Shadow Puppets, you risk plainly seeing a man with unsettling views on abortion, marriage and homosexuality.

Side note: The audiobook performers have been mostly the same since the start of the Shadow series, but their pompous tones have never been more off-putting than now. I fault the writing over the recitation. Everyone sounds so smug it's irritating. Since I am determined to finish this series, the best I could manage was to grit my teeth and power through.

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