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Shadow Puppets - Ender 7 Book Review Summary

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This is the continuation of the "Shadow of the Hegemon". Peter Wiggin saves Achilles from China and brings him in the compound, which drives away Bean, Petra, Virami, and other Battle School Graduates. Peter believes that he can control Achilles, but the other think differently.
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Tor, Aug 2002, 25.95, 344 pp.
ISBN: 0765300176

Ender Wiggins led the victory over the Formics, but his brother Peter is named the Hegemon, leader of the waning worldwide government, a victim of its own success. Peter learns that the Chinese are afraid and weary of his rival Achilles, who has helped them expand their boundaries. They incarcerate the dangerous Achilles, but Peter rescues his enemy only to realize rather quickly that his foe is crazier, deadlier, and more devious than he imagined. Achilles takes power from Peter.

Peter's strongest ally Bean leaves to start a family with Petra before he dies, which is sooner than later. Bean and Petra agree that their children will not carry Anton's Key in their genes, as that is what is causing Bean's premature death. However, Achilles has his own plans for these unborn offsprings that include speeding up the deaths of the parents.

SHADOW PUPPETS is an interesting side installment in the Ender's Earth series though the title character is not the prime player as this novel focuses on Peter, Bean, and Petra. The story line is loaded with action and philosophy with Orson Scott Card contemplating the relationships between parents and children, among siblings, friends, and lovers, and amidst major religions. Though at times pontificating over the need of servicing one's community, the latest entry in this popular series proves the author still holds four aces when it comes to engaging the reader.

Harriet Klausner
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting a personal illness/handicap    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   a teen    -   40's-50's

Setting

Terrain    -   Desert    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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