Steve Landey
Steve Landey asked:

This book exists because Card couldn't edit Shadow Puppets down to a reasonable length. Less "interesting world events speculation," more "tedious wishful thinking." By the way, did you know that Bean and Achilles were at battle school together? And that battle school children share a special bond?

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Jeff Go Card states that most of his books in the series are written in such a way that a person can pick up a book at any point in the series and not get lost because they didn't read a previous book. My opinion is he isn't as successful at that as he would like to be. But he does include enough information in each book so that we get enough background on the characters as needed.
Jessica Macri ...Are you being sarcastic? Because all of the books include information that Julian and Achilles were at battle school together.

And of course the children would share a special bond. They are the brightest of their generation, and went through hell together.
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