Children of the Fleet (Preview) by Orson Scott Card

Publication Date 10 Oct 2017

Goodreads Rating : 3.82 / 5

My Rating: 4/5  StarStarStarStar

This book will appeal to anyone who loves a good sci-fi novel. Of course if you are a fan of Orson Scott Card, you should already have the book lying on your bookshelf waiting to be read. If you have never read any of his work before, start at the beginning with Ender’s Game. You wont regret it. Children of the Fleet is a book that runs parallel to 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.

The story starts off with Dabeet’s retelling of Pinocchio in his own quirky way. This already gives us a pretty good idea of Dabeet’s character. His was an interesting perspective to read from, seeing into the mind of a child genius. I had no trouble reading from the perspective of a 10 year old, which can be difficult to portray in such a way that it is not childish. 

Throughout the first chapters Dabeet is arrogant, although it is understandable, I found that he could annoy me at times. At the end of the 7 chapters of the preview we saw the start of a change in Dabeet and this showed me a lot of promise for the rest of the book.  We can never call Dabeet a normal child because his capacity to logically break down and understand the world around him is astounding to read.  Although I only read the preview I hope that the book is filled with excitement as the preview created a good start to the novel and left me wanting to continue with Dabeet on his journey. There are a couple of unanswered questions which I will just have to read the whole book to answer.

I was given an ARC of the first 7 chapters to read from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Author: Gizelle Iworth

I am currently studying Psychology and English at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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