Finished - My biggest elements of criticism are a somewhat awkward imbalance/transition between summary/internal monologue and scenes, and the dead end/unused element of social grouping of the kids in the beginning, and those arenít touched too much by the reviewer.
The main story seems like a reworking of Ender in Exileís main subplot between Alessandra and her mother, but with more of the group dynamic of Enderís Game and Enderís Shadow. It definitely feels like the first book in a series, and Iím really curious to know where itís going overall, since the timeline is parallel to the Shadow books - indeed, some of the main tension comes from characters who show up in the Shadow books.
Iím still bummed that weíre not getting the book/series tying the Shadow books (from Shadows in Flight) to the Speaker books (from Children of the Mind). I mean, Iím really happy to get more books in this world, and OSC obviously still has a lot of ideas he wants to work out, but I have my wishes.
I really enjoyed a lot of things going on, many of them spoilery. The biggest thing I liked, though, was the way OSC created a new Jeesh - not like Bean's, not like Ender's, but a new one.
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I just finished Children of the Fleet. Outstanding story and story telling in the Ender Universe.
I especially enjoyed the psychological aspect of Character development of Dabeet. It was a mindset with which I could personally identify (spoilers withheld) and actually feel like I was undergoing internal improvement in my social approach as I read the book!
I respectfully disagree with the critiques above. I felt that the plotting/transition elements worked well - if one found the patience to be in the mind of the main character. Some challenge but worth the effort.