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Book review: Shadow of the Hegemon (Shadow Series, #2)

Shadow of the Hegemon (Shadow Series, #2) Shadow of the Hegemon (Shadow Series, #2) by Orson Scott Card

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was underwhelmed by Ender's Shadow, but this book was much better! The characters are more fully developed, and we learn more about their thoughts through their conversations and internal dialogues. There are plenty of action-packed scenes that quicken the story's pace.

This book takes place after Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, when the kids from Battle School have returned to Earth. Now that the threat of the Buggers is gone, the nations have begun vying for political and military supremacy, exploiting the young geniuses from the Battle School. Several of the kids appear throughout the book, but it mainly follows Bean and Petra as they interact with Peter Wiggin and Achilles.

I really liked learning about Peter Wiggin. He's mentioned throughout the Ender books, but his character is only developed enough to fill his role as Ender's brother, and he seemed supernaturally powerful in his political manipulations. In this book, Peter is a teenager struggling with his role as the anonymous Locke, desperately trying to figure out how to return political stability to Earth.

Another part I liked was when Bean meets Mrs. Wiggin, Ender and Peter's mother. She's honest with Bean about how much she knows about her children, and how she feels about them. This was a welcome change from the other books, where you hardly know the Wiggin parents.

This book is a must-read for fans of Ender's Game and the other Ender books!

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