Shadow of the Hegemon

Shadow of the Hegemon

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Publisher: New York : Tor, 2000.
ISBN: 9780312876517
0312876513
Branch Call Number: SF/CARD
Characteristics: 365p. 24cm.

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mvkramer Oct 26, 2016

This title is a big shift from both the previous volume. Instead alien combat we have a straight-up political thriller with Bean at its heart. Despite some issues with stilted dialog, I liked this book because I like the characters.

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danielestes
Jan 14, 2015

In Card's last book, Ender's Shadow, Bean was born into such abject poverty and then subsequently rose up out of it against all odds to be one of Ender's most trusted companions that you forgave all of his brainy standoffishness. In Shadow of the Hegemon, our sympathies for Bean's have waned so now he just comes across as a condescending know-it-all. I didn't hate Bean. No, nothing that harsh. But he was so adept at seeing all the hidden sides of problems that the story too often annoyed me. Same with the other too-smart-for-their own-good Battle School graduates. It was like playing Trivial Pursuit and your partner reasons out all the answers before you even get the chance to struggle for the solution just a little bit. I'll admit there was the slightest enjoyment at watching Bean's mind work, but having him be right 99.99% of the time, and about EVERYTHING, feels like amateurish storytelling. Overall, the story was still fun despite Bean being a smart-ass and who doesn't miss the thrills of the zero-g battle room. Shadow of the Hegemon is classic Orson Scott Card at its core. I can picture him writing this novel like he was playing in a sandbox—imaginative play of military strategy, politics and the consequences of nations going to war with one another.

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Dixiedog2
Aug 02, 2014

Orson Scott Card’s Shadow of Hegemon (2000) - Ender Shadow Series Book 2 - continues Bean’s story. Excellent book! Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

Kdmullerspy Aug 01, 2014

Amazing book! I wish Bean had killed Achilles.

Brilliant allegory for some of our modern political posing with the unlikely resolution of world aggression by a troop of children. This series is a study in the psychology of nations and their leaders. Card is an outstanding sci-fi writer and I highly recommend both the Ender and the Bean series to his fans.

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choco_loca_me
Jan 25, 2014

I really liked this book. I like Bean's P.O.V. a bit more than Ender's (though I like his too) because Bean seems a bit more down-to-earth in my opinion (not meant as a pun). I like trying to guess the next move of all the characters and I love understanding the allusions in this book.

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meldaravaniel
Aug 24, 2012

In my opinion, the Bean side of the series is much better than the Ender side. I've only gotten as far as Children of the Mind, but the Ender stuff just got so weird so fast. This book, and the rest of the Bean series are really good. It follows the rest of the Battle School grads and is well-paced. I especially like the email snippets at the head of each chapter to give you a context of what's happening. It gives you a lot more without taking up more pages.

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monikak1
Jun 12, 2012

Bean series, book 2, good

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May 14, 2015

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zenzan
Nov 29, 2011

The continuation of the parallel series, Ender's Shadow. The second installment of the parallel.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

Violence: Children are held captive and sometimes beaten. A woman is shot down from a plane.

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