This book is a back story for Ender’s Game. If you have not read the Ender series, do so, you will not regret it. Victor is a mechanically talented young man in a mining clan thrust into the role of interstellar hero.
Card has the ability to create characters with utter realism. You may even think you have met some of his characters. Stretching the comparison, I was a small independent computer dealer in competition with corporate entities like Compaq, HP and Dell. I often felt the competition unfair and frustrating. In one instance I was selling IBM pcs to a community college and was underbid by IBM direct sales. Since I am a firm believer in no spoilers, you will have to read this book to see why I am reminded of the often cut-throat aspects of small business vs. big business.
Sadly it is too long ago that I read the Ender series. The book did not resonate with those books. It did however stand alone very nicely and should entice an entire new group of readers to Ender’s story.
The afterword, which I often don’t bother to read, provides an explanation for this book and for future and concurrent titles. Again if you haven’t read the Ender series, jump online and buy it now but read this book first.
I recommend it.
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