>This book is a co-sequel to the well known “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. It’s a “co-sequel”, because it tells the same story as “Ender’s Game“, but through the eyes of another character – Bean. At the start of the book Bean is a tiny street rat barely surviving on the streets of Rotterdam. However, he appears to be extremely smart – he learns to read by age 3.
Eventually Bean winds up in Battle School, where he is trained along with other children to be future commanders of the Earth’s space fleet in the upcoming war with the Buggers. Buggers are hive-insect beings that have once attempted to attack Earth, but weremiracously defeated.
In any case, Bean becomes one of Ender’s most capable and trusted lieutenents. And, they both go on to lead the Earth’s fleet to defeat the Buggers. However, whereas Ender thinks the entire campain is just a simulation – Bean early on figures out that in the children are not playing games, but fighting the actual war.
“Ender’s Shadow” stands on its own. You can enjoy it without having read “Ender’s Game”. However, for me it was fun to go back to the original book and re-read some of the sections that covered the same events. I’ve read “Ender’s Game” several times by now.
Besides these two books, there are number of other Ender books and my favorite is the direct sequel to “Ender’s Game“, the book titled “The Speaker for the Dead“. However, I must say that “Ender’s Shadow” comes in a close second.