If you are a fan of the Ender series then you will be thrilled to read about the days before Ender's struggle began when the human species still thought it was the only sentient life in the universe.
That illusion is shattered in this exciting new chapter to the Ender saga!
Yes, good start to Formic War Series
This is fair on action and slow to keep moving compared to later stories
No, I would not try another book from the authors. I fully understand the uses of a cliff hanger and making a living via your writing but this is pretty ridiculous. This is not a book, it is a partial book.
A Great story
the arrival of the buggers
Always good writing by Orson scott card. A great pre-quel to the ender series.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It'll make an interesting addition to the Enderverse after the other books are written. It is a little formulaic for OSC, since one of the main characters is a child genius, but that's to be expected.
I did not want it to end. I am looking forward to many long books till they get to Ender Game.
It is one of the best books by Mr. Card.
Spoiler: in the end when the main character reached moon.
It's a must read for all Ender's game fans.
A different narrator. For me the opening narrator sounded like he was always whining or breathless. I think I'd accept him narrating one of my wife's romance novels but after about 4 hours I called it quits. I just couldn't stand listening to him anymore.
Also, I haven't read any OSC in a long long time. I remember reading Ender's Game right about when it came out. I enjoyed it, but I do remember it was a bit tedious. I never could get into the next few in the series. I thought have it narrated might make it flow a bit more but my previous comment shows it didn't add to the experience.
Once thing that really struck me was that the children act like adults and the adult are very childish. Makes it seem more like a young adult novel because of that; what YA doesn't want to be seen as smarter than an adult?
Less detail in the action; too much detail slows down the action.
Blank out the first narrators performance. Just cut him out of the book. The missing HOURS would be worth not hearing his voice!
Yes, I really really didn't enjoy him. So much so that I think when I'm done here I'll try to find out which of the listed narrators he is so I can avoid anything else he's done.
Can't think of one I'd CUT but change yes.
Whish I could sell my copy. lol
A good book to preface Ender's Game and provide a little insight to the entry of the Formics into our solar system.
The attack on the main Formic ship. Shadows of a hive mind as one Formic sees a previous enemy.
Like several of Card's books I think the ending was lacking. I have heard that this is supposed to be book 1 of a trilogy, but the ending left way to may loose ends. So I hope book 2 comes out soon to help tie up those ends.
Children of the Mind also had too many loose ends. At least we know that Shadows Alive should tie most of those up.
The story was good. It helps set up several key elements for the entire series and was tough to put down.
You will definitely enjoy it!
It will have a strong appeal to the under 25. I have read it at least three times now.
While it does have a relationship to the Ender series it is not part of that series. Orson Scott card has always delivered value in his writings and this is no different. You will enjoy.
Critics are a dime a dozen. I guess I'll be one. I don't like how this book or series was broken up. It ended in the wrong spot. I think the publisher was trying to make it like a television series trying to leave at a cliffhangers. You actually caused a different problem. I guess money is money to them.