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Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card

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The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more. But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heros; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world. Shadow of the Hegemon is the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.



  • Personally, I'm not a fan of Scott Brick as a narrator for any book. He tends to overly dramatize everything, even bringing unnecessary drama into non-fiction readings. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Ender's Shadow and how easily I could immerse myself in the setting once again. Shadow of the Hegemon also proved to be quite engaging. The main drawback for me lies mostly with the character of Achilles. I was absolutely floored by the consistent mispronunciation of the main antagonist's name throughout the second half of the book. Seriously, what the heck? It was quite difficult to overlook this misstep and fully enjoy the story without constantly being reminded of how ridiculous it was.
  • This audiobook, "Shadow of the Hegemon," offers a captivating twist to the "Ender's Game" narrative. I would highly recommend it as a compelling continuation of the original story. It's so exhilarating that I couldn't bear to pause it, making it difficult for me to step out of my car (i.e., stop listening).
  • Earth is the setting for 'Shadow of the Hegemon', a book that takes place after the Bugger War. The author himself was inspired by the childhood board game Risk, resulting in a global game of Risk being presented to the reader. The main players in this game are Achilles and Peter Wiggen, along with some of the Battle School kids from Ender's Game. The story revolves around political and military maneuvering, and it's evident that Orson Scott Card has put considerable thought into the geo-political scenarios. Additionally, the book delves into the backstories of Bean and Petra, shedding light on their relationship. As the story progresses, Bean discovers significant details about his own background, leading to a fundamental change in how he's perceived. Surprisingly, I found Bean's backstory to be more captivating than anticipated, making it the highlight of the story for me. However, it's worth noting that the recording quality is lacking. While the narrators themselves are good, there are noticeable mispronunciations of certain words, such as "Hegemon". To address this issue, a different narrator was edited in to say the word correctly, resulting in a subpar listening experience. If you can overlook the flaws in the recording and are curious about delving deeper into Bean and Petra's story, I recommend giving this book a chance. However, if you're seeking more space-based science fiction, you may want to explore other options.