“Short, Sharp And Secondhand”
This wasn’t what I’d expected. The books in the Ender universe are usually full of fleshed out characters, but this book really just has 4. There are echoes of other characters, but the book has a very enclosed feeling – not surprising given the setting.
It was quicker to read than other Bean or Ender books (and they were never really slow), and it seems shorter than them too. It almost felt like a novella to me, so quickly did I get through it, but it was 300 pages of regular type.
It was a wee secondhand bargain.