The base plot and story is pretty good. Even though I'm pre-informed about the Formic Bugs, I found myself eager to see what happened next. In that sense, it's neat to see the "how it came to be" in O.S. Card's "Ender-verse". There are two reasons I gave the book a lower rating.
1. Someone apparently subscribing to the "Clancy school of Super Ninja-Soldier" fiction apparently decided to interrupt Card's book at random with a corny novella of their own. Maybe we should inform the author?? The sub-plot is a little cheezy and adds nothing to the story. These interruptions were (to me) irritating and left me struggling to change gears back to the story I WANTED to read. And this is coming from a fan of military fiction.
2. The other reviews are right. The cliffhanger tone to the ending on this book was VERY VERY VERY overdone. It's like passionate lovemaking where the intensity builds.. then abruptly the couple stops, gets out of bed and wordlessly leaves the room. The ending is THAT jarring and unsatisfying.
My recommendation to others: Don't buy this book until the sequel comes out, When it does, get them both. Taken together, this and the next book would get a higher rating. As it is... "Earth Unaware" was a bit disappointing.
I have to throw my voice in with the other reviewers that found this book a bit dreary and depressing.. I think it's departure from Baxter's normal theme of original ideas and hard science is explained by the kitschy environmentalist subtext. It's his way of joining into the global warming clique....
My recommendation to shoppers would be to skip this book... You don't need it as background for the sequel "ark".... which begins before the chronology of "flood" ends.
The author tries way too hard to make the "most awesomest super action superhero" The character development is like somebody throwing every type of cheese you can imagine onto a pizza. Eventually, it got cheesy enough to kill the lactose intolerant. The plot sounded cool, but got corny and predictable pretty quick.
That said... The book may have entertainment value if you're into the comic book theme. It just got too much for me . I can't get more specific without spoilers, so----
This is not an actual sequel to the first book in the series. It runs concurrent with the original so anybody hoping for a continuation of the story will be seriously disappointed..
Overall this is a pretty good dystopian tale. The originality of the silo habitat throws some fresh air into the genre, and some new twists to keep it interesting. There is one thing that readers may struggle with...
On a sentimentality scale of 1-10 with 1 being Vin Diesel and 10 Being Richard Simmons... the male characters in the story would score a 12. The weepy emotionally fragile men become a distracting influence on an otherwise great story.
I was excited to get this book because of the abrupt, unsatisfying end to the first in the series... but this book took that to an extreme. By ending this book at the plot's climax... O.S.Card is treating his readers like a dope dealer treats a drug addict. In other words: "keep them hooked but unsatisfied and they'll be back with more money"
I don't believe in refunds because "I didn't like the book"... but I will be returning this because I feel seriously ripped off.
The title is very misleading! This is NOT the 2nd book in the lost fleet series. Its a whole new chronology after the syndic war... perhaps I'm an idiot, but I felt chumped after realising the mistake
. Well... this book should have a "do not operate machinery while listening" disclaimer. It's almost like the author intended the book to be as dull and boring as possible. I gave it two stars because there is about 2hrs on the second part that actually followed the summary... the rest? I actually fell asleep listening.
This is one of those books that grabs you from page 1, and never lets go. VERY engaging characters and peppered with my favorite foul mouthed sarcastic form of humor. The narration is spot on.... and I dearly hope that the term "pirate ninjas" becomes a standard unit of measure for space exploration. Lol. I can't wait to see more from this author on audible.
The word "awe" isn't hyperbole. When I READ this book, I used a sick day so that I could keep reading. The story is that riveting. But a history lesson robs Shackleton's saga of the human angle of the story. This book brings the legend to life... and no dry textbook will bring across just how amazing the story is..
Whuh? This can't be how the book was written. Imagine a book made up of hundreds of files played in sequence... now imagine setting the device to shuffle. And listening to the files in random order. Hearing major plot developments. And character details in the first 5 minutes has totally ruined the "what happens next?" Allure ....
I'll resserve judgement in case a twist comes up and clears the confusiin..... but so far im very disappointed in what s seemed like a really good story.
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