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Earth Awakens: The First Formic War, Book 3 | [Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston]

Earth Awakens: The First Formic War, Book 3

Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.
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Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship pulled into Earth orbit, and began landing terra-forming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.

©2014 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Charles Rohrig 06-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sets the Stage for Ender's Game"
    What did you love best about Earth Awakens?

    Powerful ending, gets you charged for the Second Formic War! Keep in mind, there is still one more war before Ender - but the story concludes with a believable resolution and connects some of the dots between a pre-Formic era and that of Battle School.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing Mazer develop and witness his initial recognition of the unique value that (gifted) kids can provide. Some of the tenets of Battle School gain their origin in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the band was finally all together. After two novels of parallel story lines I was eager for them to be in the same room planning for an attack. All history of "only being a free miner" or a "corporate snake" is at last left behind with all focus on a high risk mission.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lem's holo to Victor; after all they had been through together and against each other - admitting that he truly appreciates and respects him.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the conclusion to this story arc. Being former military, and having directly worked with several other countries militaries, the bureaucracy is totally believable. I know the science is probably a bit much for academics to accept but if you have read the other 15-ish books in this series you should be beyond that. There are two reasons that this story did not get 5 stars: 1. There's only so many times that I can hear "I can't let you risk your life" and actually believe it. The characters are always in dire situations and I'd think by the time it's do-or-all-humans-die it's total war time and everyone is all-in, just accept the help and MOVE!2. I have been to China and know how prideful and protective a society/government they are, but the thought that they would STILL not ask for help after millions of their civilians are butchered by aliens is a stretch. If nothing else at least the Russians and maybe the North Koreans would be welcomed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Austin, TX, United States 06-15-14
    Ralph Austin, TX, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good read but not his best"

    Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite writers, but in these books, he seems to be giving his cowriter too much room to screw it up. Don't get me wrong, this is a must read for all Ender readers and its pretty good. But here's the main issue, although all of his books are a little loose with the science, in these three books, science is thrown out the window in places to add drama. There is plenty of Drama with the bugger invasion without upsetting readers who recognize when the science if off.

    The books are great and I look forward to the next set where Mazor confronts the Bugger fleet but there are some inconsistencies you won't find in Cards earlier Ender books. Also, most of the narrators add to the book but some of the narration is overly dramatized and it can be a bit annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    physicistProgrammer 06-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A masterpiece! One of my favorites"
    What did you love best about Earth Awakens?

    The book is full of the type of characters that you can really cheer for. Sound minds face seemingly insurmountable challenges and their solutions are so wise, you can almost learn life lessons from them. O ya, and there is a ship load of thrilling action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mazer Rackam is my hero. (So is Col. Graff but he isn't in this book.) He is tough as nails, teachable as a child, innovative as Ender, and yet he still develops and progresses in the book.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Lem Dukes' voice is something special. His oily self righteous personality is all over his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were quite a few heart wrenching cliff hangers of especially potent strength. And at the chant of WE ARE THE SONS OF U.D.T.... I am so glad I chose to get this as an audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allie 10-21-14
    Allie 10-21-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Not the best but I liked it"

    I read everything OSC puts out these days. This book was not his best but I still enjoyed it. I would recommend it to any OSC fan. If you are new to OSC though he has many other books I would start with.

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    Saud 09-10-14
    Saud 09-10-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Good Finale"

    After the first two installments of this trilogy, this one delivers. You get all the action and tension you could hope for, and then some. My only complaint is that the final few chapters feel rushed, and the conclusion could have been better by mentioning things such as Battle School and what they plan to do next.

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    K. Bjørnholdt 08-26-14
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    "A great finale on the first formic war"
    What did you love best about Earth Awakens?

    Great story and finale on the first formic war. Orson when he is at his best.
    Good action and a good story line. Couldn't wait to finish it.


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    Jeremey 08-22-14
    Jeremey 08-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Edgy Series in Ender's Universe"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely love this book. I would definitely recommend to a friend. There was one particular portion of the audiobook that skipped over a few words, but it did not affect the quality of the audiobook overall. I love how every series has the same performers. It gives a sense of continuity that would not otherwise occur.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mazer is by far my favorite. Then Vico, and then Lem. I love that we get to see Mazer fighting in the Formic Wars. Vico is hard to not love. His drive, and loyalty are phenomenal. Then there is Lem. He is a child of privelege who has a "father wants to control everything" complex.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I think as far as narration is concerned everyone did a wonderful job, but I really liked Lem and Vico's performers. Even though Vico's performer was obviously much older than Vico's character was supposed to be, he gave perfect intonations for every mood Vico would have given off, and the age wasn't noticeable. Lem's performer was perfect as well. You could feel his pain in the dealings with his father. The performer elevated the story and made Lem a more likeable character than he would otherwise be.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was action packed, and genuinely believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love that the characters' performers are the same in all of the Ender's Universe books. I can really appreciate the story line so much more with the consistency in this area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 07-17-14
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2006

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "Good finish, overall solid trilogy."

    Semi-spoiler alert here... but I think it will actually HELP you enjoy this book. There will most likely be another series of books that will get us from where this one ends to where I and probably a lot of other people expected this series to end. If you know Mazer's story from Ender's Game, then you know what I'm talking about. Contrary to what I thought going in, this series does NOT end with the events told in that story. That's actually a good thing though because Card has left a lot more room for additional content and more Ender's content is always a good thing.
    Despite being somewhat baffled all the way through this book at how they were going to get from Point A to where I KNEW Point B had to be, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. Card did an amazing job with the plot and the narrators did a great job too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 07-16-14
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "this series is going downhill"

    the actual writing still feels like OSC, but the imagination put into this book doesn't feel remotely close to the first ender series. it's at the point where despite reading the original and a few of the shadow series books, i'm not even sure i'll listen to book #4. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Faith Meehan Orlando, FL United States 07-10-14
    Faith Meehan Orlando, FL United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Review for all 3 books"
    Would you listen to Earth Awakens again? Why?

    Yes. I love Cards writing style, his insight into human motivations and intentions. Great tale spinner. The performance by the usual cast does not disappoint. Great performers all


    What did you like best about this story?

    Telling a story that you know the ending of, in a way that keeps you enthralled, is not easy to do. Card does this splendidly! Loved all the story arcs


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reading a book is like reading a manuscript to a movie...this is "watching" it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeah, wanting to and being able to are very different things. Sure, I wanted to, but could not


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended if you like Sci-fi. Personally, my overall favorite auther....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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