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Children of the Fleet (Fleet School) (edition 2017)

by Orson Scott Card (Author)

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Title:Children of the Fleet (Fleet School)
Authors:Orson Scott Card (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2017), 304 pages
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Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card



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I was a bit disappointed by this one. I'm a fan of the Ender series, but this one felt like he took the characters and plot of Ender's Game, changed the character names and background and the date and re-wrote the novel. That's not really a fair assessment, but it is how I felt about it as I read it.

Sometime after the events of Ender's Game, when Ender is off colonizing and the human race is spreading out, a new genius boy by the name of Dabeet Ochoa manages to get into Fleet School, formerly called Battle School. Fleet School now trains leaders to colonize the galaxy. Unfortunately, way too many people are interested in Dabeet and some of them are terrorists.

Unlike Ender, Dabeet is not a natural leader and Fleet School no longer measures students by their performance in the Battle Room, so Dabeet has his own path to stardom at the school, but otherwise everything felt very familiar. Dabeet is an interesting character and the plot reasonable, but otherwise this really did feel like the first half of Ender's Game, without the Formics. ( )
  Karlstar | Sep 29, 2018 |
Orson Scott Card’s Children of the Fleet focuses on Dabeet Ochoa, a 10-year-old arrogant savant living in Indiana who wants to leave the boredom of his life. His mother always told him that his father was in the International Fleet and so, after submitting his DNA for testing, he learns that his parentage entitles him to a place in Fleet School, the renamed Battle School following the Formic Wars, where children train to lead future colonial expeditions. The Minister of Colonization, Hyrum Graff, challenges Dabeet to figure out what he must learn to be a good leader.

Taking place concurrent with the second and third books in the Ender’s Shadow series, the nations of the world are using their children who attended the Battle and Command Schools to prepare for war now that they no longer have the common enemy of the Formics uniting them. The attention on Dabeet makes him a target, leading to his kidnapping. He only convinces his kidnappers to return him by promising to get them into Fleet School at a later date, from which they can pressure the International Fleet to take an active peacekeeping role on Earth. His success at escaping his kidnappers earns him his spot in Fleet School, where he must make friends and figure out a way to prevent the people from kidnapping him from hurting the other students.

The novel takes place roughly concurrent with Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets and, while it is not necessary to have read those prior to this book, it certainly helps to understand the significance of Achilles to the events facing Ochoa (pg. 219). As the sixteenth book in the Ender’s Game series (seventeenth if one counts First Meetings), and following a trilogy about the First Formic War and the first book of a trilogy about the Second Formic War, Card takes the opportunity to help clean up some of the chronology, working in references to the Free Miners and Corporations (pg. 78), to Jukes Limited and its gravitic and Nan-Ooze technology, and to Victor Delgado and Imala Bootstamp (pg. 46). Further references help to tie-in Ender in Exile, as well. Those who enjoy Card’s writing will enjoy this, particularly for how it helps smooth out bumps in the chronology, but it will have less of an impact on the series than Card’s forthcoming The Hive, The Queens, and Shadows Alive. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Sep 4, 2018 |
As always, quite the page turner. I really enjoy Card's stories of children finding their way in an adult world. Good characters. I'm happy to see the #1 indicating this is the beginning of a new series. I look forward to hearing more of Dabeet's story. I read these so far apart that it exercises my brain to try and remember relationships and back stories. This is complete by itself, but I was puzzling over Dabeet's parentage for awhile. It is never discovered in this book unless you remember earlier Ender and Bean books. ( )
  njcur | Apr 3, 2018 |
Not Ender's Game, not Ender's Shadow, but a different sort of young genius, possibly Asperger's, though that's never even hinted, Dabeet Ochoa, is trying to get away from his mother to the Fleet School which has succeeded Battle School only to have his world turned upside down in getting what he wants and finding what he needs. Still, I think the grown ups could and should have come up with a plan be on hand for the central crisis, if only as a fall back, because the justifications for not doing so really are very weak, and the real danger and cost unacceptably high.

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  quondame | Dec 2, 2017 |
Meh. Precociously brilliant children save the world, again. It's OK if you're a diehard Enderverse fan, but we've seen this story before. ( )
  kqueue | Oct 20, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765377047, Hardcover)

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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Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. He's 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. But then Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview, and everything changes.… (more)

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