“Ender in Exile” Was the Ender’s Game Sequel Everyone Had Been Waiting for Since 1985
I was assigned Ender’s Game when I was 12 and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. If Ender was real, I probably would have followed him into battle, which was why the ending of the book and its only sequel at the time, Speaker for the Dead, were so disappointing. Ender turned into a complete bleeding-heart wuss. If it weren’t for Bean’s arc in the Ender’s Shadow series, I probably would have dropped Orson Scott Card for good. But then it happened. Card released Ender in Exile, bridging the gap between Ender’s final battle and the Speaker trilogy and It. Was. Awesome.
Ender is still damaged by the war, but for better or worse, Battle School honed Andrew Wiggin into a commander and even without an army, he can’t help but lead. This is a return to Ender at his finest, manipulating the game behind the scenes, never with malice, but perfectly executed compassion. Ender in Exile also brings a lot of elements from the previous series, answering the question of how Ender became a “Speaker for the Dead,” the role Enders’ parents played, and even what became of one of Bean and Petra’s scattered offspring.