My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The story of how Ender Wiggin led Battle School students into victory against the Buggers - from Bean's point of view.
First thoughts: It was hard to believe some of Bean's more precocious behaviors at first, but all was explained eventually. I liked the different perspective - on the story, on Ender, on Battle School - Bean is an odd character, but interesting.
"God raises up the children that he needs, and makes men and women of them, and then takes them from this world at his good pleasure. To him all life is but a moment. All that matters is what that moment was used for." -p208
"Not many people are enemies to anyone. But the ones full of greed or hate, pride or fear - their passion is strong enough to lever all the world into war. -p286 (Thanks, 1998, for knowing the political situation of 2016.)
"One mind can think only of its own questions; it rarely surprises itself." -p402
"...sometimes you just have to tell people the truth and ask them to do the thing you want, instead of trying to trick them into it." -p445
Recommended for: fans of the Ender Quartet, sci-fi buffs, political leaders & wannabes.
Final thoughts: I really enjoyed being back in this world. I'd recommended reading this companion novel right after Ender's Game (or after the Quartet). I was pulled in, even knowing how the story would end.
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