Ender’s Game owned me, but the subsequent Orson Scott Card books didn’t leave me very fulfilled. Ender’s Shadow was written in the spirit of Ender’s Game, and OSC goes back to telling about children.

The book is about Bean, the diminutive genius whose inventive tactics and tough attitude made him one of the more likeable ‘friends’ Ender had. It goes indepth into his childhood, a rough time on the poverty-stricken streets of Rotterdam, where he has to use his brain to literally survive among street urchins twice his age.

It follows Bean through battle school, and gives an excellent outside perspective on Ender. Bean learns quickly that Ender is revered at battle school, and sets out to be his right-hand man.

Worth every penny to those who can’t to this day stop rereading Ender’s Game on occasion.