Shadows in Flight

Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors of all time. So I was very excited when I found Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Series) on hold for me at the library.  I could tell it was a short book, maybe a one or two-day read, so I held it until I was not ensnared in any other book to maximize enjoyment. Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Series) is his newest book.  It is the final chapter of Bean; one of the supporting characters of Ender’s Game (Ender, Book 1).  If you haven’t read this series, it is well worth it.  However, I wouldn’t recommend reading Shadows in Flight first.  Although this series is not linear, but written more like narrative spokes coming out of Ender’s Game,  a lot of the narrative is based on prior knowledge of the series.  And this is definitely not the best entry point.  But if you are already a fan, you will enjoy it.

In this book, we follow the last travels of Bean, self-exiled because of a genetic mutation to a space ship to extend his life.  His children, who share his mutation, travel with him, while researching for a cure.  This is a nice wrap up to his narrative.  As many of his books are, this is a youth novel, with the children as precocious heroes.  The writing is clear and a little simple.  All of his books for teens are written this way.  I found it more obvious in this book where the narrative was less complicated. As always he manages to capture many of the feelings of a child with accuracy.  For example, in this book, one of his characters experience that angry feeling that a child has when he knows he can take more responsibility – if only his parent would notice.  Then, he is confronted by the realization and mixed feelings that develop when the parent does assign a task that is more responsibility than he has ever had.

If you are a parent looking for a book for a kid, this series is a great choice for kids from about the eleven years old and up, especially boys.  There is some violence, mostly between children, which may be a little unnerving for a younger child.  The books do have self-contained morality that is excellence for kids.

Shadows in Flight (The Shadow Series), Orson Scott Card, Tor Books, 2012

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