Ender's Game (novel series)

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Ender's Game series books. Numbers in brackets are years of first publication. Quotations show a short story. Question marks show a work that has been said to come out but not yet published.

The Ender's Game series (sometimes called Enderverse) is a series of books written by Orson Scott Card. There are 2 major series of the Ender's Game series: the Ender series and the Shadow series.

Ender series[change | change source]

The Ender series includes the books Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. "Ender's Game" used to be a short story, but the author expanded it to make the novel Ender's Game.

Shadow series[change | change source]

The Shadow series (also called the "Bean Quartet") starts with Ender's Shadow, followed by 4 other books about the lives of the people Ender left behind. Ender's Shadow occurs at the same time and place (Battle School) as Ender's Game does, but instead in the view of Bean rather than Ender. Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the Giant are stories about world dominance on Earth after the Bugger War in which the children at Battle School and Ender's older brother, Peter Wiggin, are main characters. Shadows in Flight, a sequel to Shadow of the Giant, is planned to come out; however, it will start after Children of the Mind, not Shadow of the Giant, and will combine the two Ender's Game series: the Ender series and the Shadow series. Shadows in Flight has recently been renamed to Shadows Alive.

Stories in the series[change | change source]

There are 11 stories in the Ender's Game series. According to Orson Scott Card, the author, you do not have to read the books in any required order, except that Xenocide should be read right before Children of the Mind.[1]

The books can be read in the order they were written/published in or by date times in the novels.

Publication date[change | change source]

  1. Ender's Game
  2. Speaker for the Dead
  3. Xenocide
  4. Children of the Mind
  5. Ender's Shadow
  6. Shadow of the Hegemon
  7. Shadow Puppets
  8. Shadow of the Giant
  9. "First Meetings" (short story)
  10. A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
  11. Ender in Exile
  12. Shadows in Flight
  13. The Last Shadow

Dates in series[change | change source]

  1. "First Meetings" (short story)
  2. Ender's Game
  3. A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (the same time as Ender's Game is happening)
  4. Ender's Shadow (Ender's Game as seen by Bean)
  5. Ender in Exile (begins at the end of Ender's Game and ends after Giant leading into Speaker)
  6. Shadow of the Hegemon
  7. Shadow Puppets
  8. Shadow of the Giant
  9. Speaker for the Dead
  10. Xenocide
  11. Children of the Mind

References[change | change source]

  1. Card, Orson Scott. ""Question: What's the 'preferred' order of reading the Ender series?"". Frequently Asked Questions. Hatrack.com. Retrieved 2007-05-15.

2. [1]

  1. "Shadows Alive". Ender's Ansible. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2017-09-25.