The Last Shadow (Other Tales from the Ender Universe)

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After finding a cure for giantism, the descendants of Julian (Bean) Delphiki were recruited by Jane, Ender’s evolved computer intelligence. They are tasked to conduct research to uncover the origins of the descolada virus. Believing that it was sent from another planet, the Ribeira family continue their ongoing battle with the descolada virus with the aid of Jane, Peter Wiggin, and Si Wang-Mu. The combined research team of the Delphikis and the Ribeiras have traced what they believe to be the descolada’s origins to a planet of Nest, the home of descendants of the Huapaya who escaped during the first Formic war.

Orson Scott Card’s The Last Shadow is the much-anticipated conclusion of both the Ender series and Ender’s Shadow series. Both series begin with Ender’s Game and follow the same timeline, combining the characters and plots works smoothly. As in the previous novels in both series, Card tackles the issues and ethics of xenocide (the genocide of an entire alien species), colonization, genetic engineering, and the struggles of dealing with an ever-evolving deadly virus. Card also continues to develop many of his more beloved characters as well as the introduction of many new personalities. If you are a fan of both of Card’s Ender series, this is a bittersweet ending, but one could hope he expand on the adventures of the descendants of Bean.

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Author Orson Scott Card
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Tor Books
Publish Date 19-Oct-2021
ISBN 9780765304957
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Issue August 2021
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy