Okay, I've seen kids at my school reading this book, but never talking about it. So when it was on my summer reading list, I said why not and read it. Now, I can see why not. It's because it was almost a good book, but not quite. It almost had realistic characters, but due to them being so young that you feel more irritated and jelous than empathetic. It almost had suspense, but the parts that were supposed to suspensful had you fooled so that you aren't suspenseful at all. It almost had a good premise, but it ended up being "Okay, the world apparentaly has absolutely no good experienced generals, so lets make 10-year-olds command fleets". You never get a real sense of characters besides the Wiggins, but they're so smart I didn't care. The setting changed a bit too much for my taste, enough so it seemed a bit episodic. And the ending...it may set up a sequal nicely, but it was way to crazy for even a story as unrealistic this one and left me annoyed because it said the same values of tolerence and forgiveness that almost every other book I've ever read has. Overall, this book felt like a passable waste of time. Also, do children have no modesty? Why are they naked so much?