Card has gone a bit too far with his standard formula :super boy genius triumphs over stupid adults. The characterisations are weaker this time and less credible. And the story-line even less likely than usual. The few super genius adults constantly defy their orders and go off to do their own thing, one has to wonder what sort of military one would have were all the units to do the same thing! And in the middle of their successful raids to kill the aliens, they keep interrupting their actions to help civilians. All very sweet but far more lives would be saved by continuing to kick ass.... Fortunately Mr. Card is a great writer and not a military strategist. It seems the profitable Ender series is being rapidly milked for all it is worth in anticipation of the movie release. An enjoyable read and probably just the ticket for any dedicated OSC fans but I won't be buying the next book.