I found this book to be quite a departure from other books I've read by Orson Scott Card. The general storyline was interesting, and I'm curious about what will happen in the next book, but the writing and some of the descriptions were really distracting. There were a lot of parts that were about sex or sexual things and really added nothing to character development or plot. They seemed odd and out of place - almost as if he were writing with a directive to "sex things up". It was disappointing, to say the least.