I just finished it and I really enjoyed it. Here's the "review" I wrote for Amazon (I usually don't bother but I felt like it was getting somewhat unfairly slammed).
"I don't want to write a huge review here, so I will just say I thought that overall this was Card's best work in years. Bean's story was heartbreaking but still a great read. I immediately fell in love with the kids. It's not his best work ever, and it definitely starts to fall into some "Cardisms", particularly at the beginning, but overall I loved it. Enough that I am kind of hoping he squeezes a few more books out of this family before wrapping it all up with "Shadows Alive" (only kind of, I also want to see this series finally reach it's end).
If you are an Ender/Bean fan, and/or a Card fan you will probably enjoy this, if not totally love it. It's certainly worth the price of admission. "
Anyway. Obviously, I liked it. Has anyone else read it yet? What did you think? Also, did it seem like he was hinting that
the new race descended from Bean's kids are the same "alien" race that released the Descolada virus from the original sequel series? Because they were screwing around with using viruses to insert new code into DNA, and isn't that basically what the Descolada did? It's not the strongest connection, but still... Also, the godspoken from Path have had Anton's Key turned, right? It seems so obvious, but since the original sequel series was written years before it's never really been spelled out as far as I know. Just curious of what anyone else thinks of this.