What order should I read the "Ender's game" series in?

  • Ender's Game is a very large epic science-fiction series by Orson Scott Card. To quote wikipedia:

    It currently consists of fifteen novels, thirteen short stories, 47 comic issues, an audioplay, and a film.

    With so many books, it's overwhelming to know where to start. Especially since the books are not all in chronological order, and are still being written today. The books that are currently out (in release order) are:

    • Ender's Game
    • Speaker for the Dead
    • Xenocide
    • Children of the Mind
    • Ender's Shadow
    • Shadow of the Hegemon
    • Shadow Puppets
    • Shadow of the Giant
    • A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
    • Ender in Exile
    • Shadows in Flight
    • Earth Unaware
    • Earth Afire
    • Earth Awakens
    • The Swarm

    and The Hive, The Queens, Shadows Alive, and Fleet School are planned to be released in the future.

    What is the chronological order of this series? And more importantly, what order should I read them in?

    Meta discussion about suggested-order questions.

  • Riker

    Riker Correct answer

    5 years ago

    In my personal opinion, the best order would be the publishing order. It's the order they were written in and for the most part is pretty straight forward. The main stories, in order of publication:

    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

    However, the in-universe chronological order is a bit different:

    1. Ender's Shadow
    2. Ender's Game
    3. Shadow of the Hegemon
    4. Shadow Puppets
    5. Shadow of the Giant
    6. Speaker for the Dead
    7. Xenocide
    8. Children of the Mind.

    In the end, it's up to you. This list also doesn't include the many other books in the same universe, it's just the main ones.

    My opinion, the order should be: 1. Ender's Game

    I recently bought a Quintet version on Google Play Books, which included *Ender's Game* to *Children of the Mind* in this order, then *Ender in Exile*. It had an afterword by Orson Scott Card which says the *Ender in Exile* is partly a sequel for the Shadow books. I hadn't read these, and the introduction of VIrlomi and Achilles left me a bit annoyed.

    I've downvoted this answer because it's almost totally unsupported: you say publication order is best, but without explaining **why**. Meta consensus is that such answers to suggested-order questions are bad.

    This answer is missing everything that came out since 2005, including six novels which are *specifically asked about in the question*. It's also missing the twelve short stories.

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