This deep into the series I found myself getting a bit burned out of the Enderverse and had to take a break from this book soon after starting, but once I got back into it I thoroughly enjoyed Shadow Puppets. At times I did feel like the deep desire for babies that Petra had was out of character or out of place in the tone of the series, and made her character feel shallower to me than she had previously felt. That said I'm still going to read the next book too.
Overall I think this is worth reading, if you care about the characters in this series, but Puppets was my least favorite in the Shadow series. There are some memorable moments, but there is also a ton of tiring dialogue and blatant advertising for Card's religiously influenced way of thinking. Gone are the days of Bean and Petra's logical thinking and in are the cliche, fluffy lines of thinking (supposedly because of getting older and becoming parents) that don't seem to match their characters up to this point.
Very good story and I knew once I heard it I had to get a copy for myself... I have listened to this story and the whole series four times at least now
After starting this book, I read a couple of reviews talking about babies and not having gotten to that part, thought they were overreacting. But oh the cringe.. Babies babies babies.. It almost looks forced, and the characters become stupid because of the babies and the story starts resembling a teenage TV show.. Oh and don't get me started on Peter...
So much whine in the performance, the narrator portraying this emo whatnot shift in his character.
Hopefully the following books get back on track.
Excellent job of forecasting what the earth would be like with several powerful and ambitious leaders all trying for worldwide domination.
Worst of the entire Ender series. Disgustingly political in a universe we've come to expect respect.