The sixth and latest novel in the “Ender’s Game”
series is out in paperback. Read more if you
want to read the review. (Don’t read the back of
the book!)

General Information

Title: Shadow Of The Hegemon
Author: Orson Scott Card
Original Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 0-812-56595-9
Cover Price: $6.99US, $8.99Can

Premise

When I reviewed
Ender’s Shadow
I said the story felt
unfinished. This is the
conclusion I was waiting for.

High Point

This was a really tough call, but I’d have to go
with Petra’s
conversations in chapter 3, 4, and 5.

Low Point

The back of the book. Warning to those who
haven’t picked up a
paperback edition: the outcome of the final
chapter is printed on the
back of the book! Talk about spoilers…

The Scores

As far as originality goes, the general
story has been heard
in other places. However, since it’s unlike
Ender’s Game and
Ender’s Shadow (I haven’t read the other
three yet) I’ll
raise the score to 3 out of 6 (instead of 2).

The imagery in the novel was
utilitarian. You really need to
read the previous books to know what the
characters look like. The
relative locations of buildings and such is well
done, but details of
the buildings themselves are lacking. This may
be intentional, as the
novel is set 200 years in the future. Details
that aren’t given can’t
look dated in the future. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was well plotted, even if
there did feel like a
lull in the middle of the book. Still, it seems
consistent and
carefully planned. I give it 4 out of 6.

The characterization falls into the same
trap as that of most
sequels; the characters are as well described as
they were in the
earlier books, but they aren’t developed much in
the course of the
novel. I give it 4 out of 6.

As for the emotional response, I’d have
to say that I wasn’t
as enthralled as with the earlier books, apart
from the first act.
I give it 3 out of 6.

The editing is connected to the
emotional response this time
around. The first act matched the pace and style
of the previous books, but
that changed quickly and dramatically in the
second act, which then
held until the end of act four. This was a
poorly edited transition,
which jarred me out of the book and I never
really got as deeply into
it after that. If each act is viewed separately,
it holds up well. I
give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, this is not quite as good as
Ender’s Game
or Ender’s Shadow, but still worth
reading for those who
enjoyed them. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Shadow of the Hegemon receives
26 out of 42. You
may notice I’ve become kinder in the past year or
so; Ender’s
Shadow
was a better book, but it received a
lower rating.

Additional Notes and Comments

According to the afterword, two more novels are
on the way.