Children of the Fleet - Orson Scott Card

Children of the Fleet

By Orson Scott Card

  • Release Date: 2017-10-10
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4 Score: 4 (From 15 Ratings)


From Orson Scott Card, award-winning and bestselling author of Ender's Game, his first solo Enderverse novel in years.

Children of the Fleet is a new angle on Card’s bestselling series, telling the story of the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the Ender’s Shadow series.

Ender Wiggin won the Third Formic war, ending the alien threat to Earth. Afterwards, all the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans, and the International Fleet became the arm of the Ministry of Colonization, run by Hirum Graff. MinCol now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies.

Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn’t think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview.

Other Series by Orson Scott Card

#1 Ender's Game / #2 Ender in Exile / #3 Speaker for the Dead / #4 Xenocide / #5 Children of the Mind

Ender's Shadow
#1 Ender's Shadow / #2 Shadow of the Hegemon / #3 Shadow Puppets / #4 Shadow of the Giant / #5 Shadows in Flight

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
#1 Earth Unaware / #2 Earth Afire / #3 Earth Awakens

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  • Very disappointing

    By Xxx543
    Based on previous books, I expected to be be taken to a techno-projected world. Instead all I got was psycho-babble of a puerile mind. Obscene waste of time.
  • Rehash of Ender’s Game, except bad

    By Nxbvvshahnsjsjsh77554
    A few months back, this book was being advertised as a novel featuring the teachers and the Battle School. I was honestly excited— Graff, Dimak, and Anderson are some of my favorite characters. Except this book has nothing to do with any of those characters. (I mean, Graff is here, but his character has somehow morphed into yet another unlikable, flashy smart-mouth, so, not really) The book stars a genius prodigy child who gets into space school, and must fight through authority’s neglect and apathy for their work and their students. Sound familiar? That’s right, this is the same plot as Ender’s Game! Except the protagonist is completely unlikable, the environment is vague, the authorities have no actual reason to risk lives (besides their gambling issues, I suppose), and lots of plot holes so big I could fit my hand through them. It even has the same power-structure-lesson-in-an-airplane scene. The “plot twist” near the end would fit better in a soap opera, and would take a thousand out-of-character moments to actually happen. Which doesn’t mean much, because all the characters’ personalities seem to be flexible anyways. And if these things weren’t confusing enough, the actual character arc is shallow and lazy. It’s hard to believe that the protagonist has gotten over his narcissism when the entire plot actually DOES revolve around him. The only other use of characters is apparently to give him the occasional pep-talk. Hundreds of children and a billion dollar satellite is risked for, what, some sort of test of character? The last thirty or so pages is just shoving in your face how “heroic” this protagonist is. So much for learning to be humble. Somewhere along the line, Card lost his respect for his audience. Or maybe just lost his editors. Not sure.
  • I liked it

    By Mr. Don
    Set in the familiar Ender universe, Orion Scott Card creates a stand alone novel that is fast paced and entertaining. I’m admittedly biased as I’ve read and enjoyed much of his work over his career, but this was a very good book that made me believe the characters, a story that engaged me and left me wanting more (in a good way). This is a great read and I will undoubtedly reread it in the future, the fate of the best books that I buy. Card doesn’t seem to agonize over his writings, it just seems to flow, effortlessly, and yet I know that’s not how this works, but I’ll say his perceived comfort level is very high