Ender’s Game
Ender’s Game
Recommended Reading Order - 13 Entries

Winner of the Nebula and Hugo awards, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game spun off into two distinct sets of sequels accompanied by several shorter novellas and stories.

One way to read them is strictly by the release dates, but this list brings them into more of a story chronology order. Neither way is technically wrong and both should be enjoyable.

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Ender's Game + Ender’s Game
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Original Novel, continues directly into Speaker for the Dead (Sometimes known as the Ender Quartet) 1985
By Orson Scott Card
Ender's Shadow + Ender’s Shadow
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Ender’s Shadow Book 1 (Takes place parallel to Ender’s Game) 1999
By Orson Scott Card
A War of Gifts: An Ender Story + A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
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Novella (Also takes place during Ender’s Game, but non-essential.) 2007
By Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon + Shadow of the Hegemon
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Ender’s Shadow Book 2 (Directly Follows Ender’s Shadow) 2001
By Orson Scott Card
Shadow Puppets + Shadow Puppets
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Ender’s Shadow Book 3 (Directly Follows Shadow of the Hegemon) 2002
By Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Giant + Shadow of the Giant
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Ender’s Shadow Book 4 (Directly Follows Shadow Puppets) 2005
By Orson Scott Card
Intergalactic Medicine Show + Intergalactic Medicine Show
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Short Story Anthology 2008
By Orson Scott Card
Ender in Exile + Ender in Exile
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Takes place before Speaker for the Dead 2008
By Orson Scott Card
First Meetings + First Meetings
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Short Story Anthology 2002
By Orson Scott Card
Speaker for the Dead + Speaker for the Dead
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The Ender Quartet Book 2 1986
By Orson Scott Card
Xenocide + Xenocide
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The Ender Quartet Book 3 1991
By Orson Scott Card
Children of the Mind + Children of the Mind
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The Ender Quartet Book 4 1996
By Orson Scott Card
No Cover + Shadows in Flight
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By Orson Scott Card