Shadow of the Hegemon
Ender’s Shadow #2
a sequel to Ender’s Shadow.
All the Battleschool children, except Ender, are back on earth. Achilles kidnaps a bunch of them to take over the world, tries to kill Bean. Bean hooks up with Peter Wiggins, who reveals himself and the world changes.
I doubt I will read any of the novels after this one. Ender’s War and Ender’s Shadow were engrossing, not this one. Just politics “in the future”, oooooohhhhhh.
a renegade geneticist is nearing completion of his plan to ‘uplift’ humanity, with himself in control. A Biohazard Agency agent stops it all from going down. I suspect that Card’s name was on this more for sell’ability than anything else. A nice light read.
Alvin Maker #5
A good ending, imo, to the Alvin Maker series. Alvin has gathered a group of people with knacks who believe in the Crystal City like he does. But the book ends as they are setting out. Card does not make the mistake of actually showing the Making of the City, for that will be Heaven on Earth, and no man knows how to accurately write that out.
Alvin Maker #4
Alvin is well on his way to creating the Crystal City. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop though.
Alvin Maker #3
Alvin’s apprenticeship as a blacksmith, but it is also his apprenticeship as a Maker. Very good story, but a little to graphic right at the beginning.
Alvin Maker #2
This takes the viewpoint of the Indian who becomes The Prophet mentioned in 7th Son. A bit too much of “redman is just SO in touch with the land and practically perfect and the whiteman is nothing but evil”. Other than that, it was a good story.
Alvin Maker #1
an alternate history of the USA. Frontiers time, about a boy who is the 7th son of a 7th son. He can do things, and it becomes apparent that he is to walk a greater path than most. This book ends when he is 10. There are several more in this series, I look forward to reading them.