Runner by William C. Dietz

This is a story set in a future where Earth’s technology has allowed humans to colonize the universe for thousands of years, but has also forgotten that technology.  A little boy is identified by his caretaker monks as a reincarnated guru.  The monks hire a messenger to protect him from a rival sect who also identified a boy as the reincarnated guru, and to deliver him to another planet.  There, he will undergo a test to be sure he’s the right guy.  Along the way, the duo is joined by others who join the cause to keep the boy safe.  It was an interesting journey, but really hard to follow.  I also reread Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card, and much preferred those stories.

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