Good but flawed.
Good story, but seems it has some scientific flaws.
- Everything is moving in space, slowing down doesn't make you any safer from space junk.,
-The formics couldn't project noise over all electromagnetic wavelengths and frequencies with out being noticed. I don't see a reason that the free miners or the Jukes couldn't have transmitted a morse code warning with full spectrum white light. Parabolic reflectors to aim the light at Earth wouldn't be that hard to make for someone like Vico or the Juke scientists.
Secundo alone in space
Looking forward to the next book.
This was not a BAD story, but I've come to expect a lot more from Card. Frankly, this novel really smacked of commercialism to me being as short as it was. I get the feeling the mortgage was due and it was time for another book.
- Concise, fast moving plot
- Nearly perfect performance by the narrators
- Short, especially at the climax. Just when it felt like an epic battle should have been starting, the book ends way too fast. Yes, we know this was a prelude and thus the ending was "pre-ordained" but that doesn't change the under-whelming feeling at the end. Even if you went straight to page 1 of Enders Game and read that, you would feel like you missed a book somewhere in between.
- Shallow character development, the "antagonist" was especially frustrating, with teasers of plot development that went nowhere all over the book. The entire sections of shallow Mazer Rackham (sp?) development should have just been left out of the book. They were pointless, went nowhere of substance, and pulled you away from the real story.
- Incredibly cheesy, almost magic "computer hacking." The book would have really benefited from some basic technical consulting. In other genres you can get away from this, but in the hard sci-fi genre of year 2013 it really comes across as a rather cheesy and sloppy deficiency.
The story was interesting. I am used to listening to series, so the fact that this is the start of the saga doesn't bother me. The characters were angst ridden, petulant teenagers. Even the adults. The only ones with any maturity were the military personnel.What would have made this a 4 or 5 star? Realistic and mature characters. I don't mind the young protagonists in the story. But their constant anxiety about their parents or other in authority got in the way of the story, and certainly slowed its pace.
Ender's Game. But it was so long ago that it wasn't memorable; I think for the same reasons. I know that Ender's Game is a modern "classic"; but it wasn't until many years that I was tempted to give OSC another try.
Which one? The fact that there were so many certainly was. Those reading the child protagonist's parts were occasionally overly whiny.
Interesting space opera, which is OK by me. The science around the fiction was convincing.
I may listen to the next in the series at some point, just to see whether there are any improvements the authors made.
Narration with character voices and accurate personalities
Fleshed out details of asteroid mining and realistic limitations on human space travel.
Glimpses of humanity in the character flying the corporate ship.
Not very original story lines - corporate vs. the little guy, daddy war bucks manipulating the lives of his kid and underlings, resentment of the wealthy - but narration and technology details made it worth hearing.
I really enjoyed this book! I should start by stating that I am an Orson Scott Card fan and have reall ALL of his books. I read several reviews stating that this book ended abruptly...and I guess it kind of did, but it isn't like it ended in the middle of a sentence or anything. It was an intro book to a series and ended much like many of Orson Scott Card's series books do. As a fan of the enderverse I really liked reading (listening) to this book. You do not have to have read any of the other enderverse books to understand this one...but I think it would be more enjoyable if you had.
Regarding the book itself...just like all the others it has an allstar cast/performance with the character development that I have grown to love in Card's works. This book tells the story about the lead up to the first formic war. Mazor makes a small appearance but mainly as a namesake...forshadowing that he will play a bigger role in the following books. I for one liked the book and am anxiously anticipating the next one.
I always wanted to read about the beginning of the Formic war that takes place prior to Ender's Game. Orson Scott Card has delivered a wonderful account of the events leading up to the war here in Earth Unaware. As always Mr Card is able to create very believable characters that drive the story. The science is bit contrived and the technology described for the asteroid miners does not always hold together or even make sense (in one scene a space craft is "stopped" so repairs can be made then re-accelerated again). But overall I really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to next book from Mr Card in this current series. Yes, Earth Unaware ends just when things are about to get very interesting for Earth.
Card has given us a view of the opening of the first Formic War by introducing compelling characters and telling a moving story. There was nothing shallow about the relationships between the members of the different ship crews, or the main point of view characters on each ship. The journey each character made from the beginning to the end of the book was rich and individual and authenticly human. It was great to see what may prove to be the origins of the DR Device that was so important in the end of Ender's Game. It was also great to explore the limitaions the absence of the Ancible placed on comunications abilities.
This was a wonderful story, masterfully told, and I believe absolutely properly named. The entire point of the multiple protagonists struggles were that these characters knew something that Earth did not. When one amazingly brave young man puts himself through a 7 month torturous journey to get the warning to Earth only to find himself arrested for breaching typical burocratic noncence, it is only right that the book end with the final act to let the planet know what is coming. Yes, there obviously MUST be a sequal. After all, this was the beginning of the First Formic War and Ender won the Third.
I listened to this in one sitting. I was deeply emotionally engaged, and as key point of view characters gave their last full measure I cried. I truely hope I can live up to the nobility of spirit portrayed in Mr. Card's world.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It is just as good as the books that it is meant to come before in the Ender series. It is very well written and with a very positive and I think realistic view of the human condition.
I loved the part where Wit whips the regular troops using only 9 of his MOPS. This combined with the fact that Wit has rejected the future hero of the Formic Wars, Mazer Rakem, to become a MOP.
The performance of the narrators is excellent throughout the book. They bring just the right emotions and flavor to the story to make things seem even more vibrant that when I read this on my own.
I enjoyed listening to this book a few minutes at a time. It allowed me to savor the experience.
Made this book the first four chapters of the real book about the ant wars. I really thought there must be another download. Then felt like I had wasted a lot of time on this one.
It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.