Ender’s Game is a top 3 book for me (right up there with Ready Player One and Moby Dick). I’ve read Ender’s Game more than once, I’ve read Ender’s Shadow and I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a couple of years. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. I knew it wouldn’t be anything like Ender’s Game, and it wasn’t, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book.
Shadow of the Hegemon reads kind of like a Tom Clancy novel. It’s as if the author took all the battle school kids and put them into a Rainbow Six novel. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, Tom Clancy is a fantastic author, however I just enjoyed the other two books more.
Bean was probably my favorite character from Ender’s Game, which is probably why I enjoyed Ender’s Shadow too. I think that is also why I did enjoy this book. We get to see Bean’s prowess, without Ender. We get to see that potential in him that Graff and Ender knew he had. We also get to see an interesting side of Peter and Ender’s parents. It also answered a lingering question I had after reading the other books. What happens to these children once they have returned to Earth.