As you know, the new year brought a new reading challenge for me. The plan is to read my way around Europe with a selection of YA novels.
- Read more about the 2017 Reading Challenge here.
- Follow my progress on Pinterest, where I list all the books I read.
The goal of the 2017 Epic Read project is twofold: a tour of Europe, before Little Englanders try to uproot the country and sail off into some imagined Utopia, and read more children’s books. Yet, I also want to reward myself with occasional books I want to read.
My latest title fits more into the latter category. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card is a direct sequel to the superb Ender’s Game. As Ender is only a youth for this book, then it also almost qualifies as a YA book. Ender in Exile is published by the Orbit imprint. The website describes it as follows:
At the close of ENDER’S GAME, Andrew Wiggin – called Ender by everyone – knows that he cannot live on Earth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Saviour of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony.
He is offered the choice of living under the Hegemon’s control, a pawn in his brother Peter’s political games. Or he can join the colony ships and go out to settle one of the new worlds won in the war. The story of those years on the colony worlds has never been told . . . until now.
I love the Ender books, and the ideas Card weaves into the plot. These are the most creative series of SF books I have read, filled with powerful ideas about politics and tolerance. The characters are wonderful, and feel like old friends after having read so many books in the series. This was an enjoyable book which re-enthuses my love of reading.
Every time I read one book from the Enderverse, I want to launch into the next in the series to continue exploring these ideas. However, this would not progress my Epic Reads project. Thus, I move onwards to another title. My tour of Europe is now reaching Belgium.
- The previous 2017 Epic Reads article was George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
- The next 2017 Epic Read was The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst