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
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.
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.
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.
Lem's holo to Victor; after all they had been through together and against each other - admitting that he truly appreciates and respects him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lem Dukes' voice is something special. His oily self righteous personality is all over his voice.
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.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
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.
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. :(
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
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
Reading a book is like reading a manuscript to a movie...this is "watching" it.
Yeah, wanting to and being able to are very different things. Sure, I wanted to, but could not
Highly recommended if you like Sci-fi. Personally, my overall favorite auther....
I absolutely love this audio book. Listening gave me the freedom to picture the characters better than print would have. The voices the narrators used were also amazing and really got me invested in the story. It was difficult to "put the book down"
Viktor was definitely my favorite character. His ingenuity and strength of character even in the toughest of times was inspirational. His willingness to go into danger was alarming.
The voices that the narrators used made each of the characters feel like a real person with real struggles. It literally gave each of them a voice, and the tension in a scene could be heard in the voices of the narrators. I was so invested is was difficult to stop listening.
The part towards the end where the captain is picturing his entire life as he is dying is incredible. I cried. To come from such simple origins and to have such an immense impact on humanity is a beautiful message.
HUGE fan of this series and the Endverse in general. I would highly recommend the Shadow series to anyone who appreciated Ender's Game.
The story now being mostly based out of the Moon and on Earth, all the fun seem to have been left out in the asteroid belt. —could someone please give the whining spoiled rich kid a kick in the rear? Earth Awakens will not help keep you from falling asleep.
SCIFI DVDS RULE
Yes. To refresh my mind when the next trilogy comes out in a few years (follow up to this). And it is an excellent listen.
When Victor was walking around the formic mother ship right in front of the enemy. Danger Danger Danger!
Even though the character not most likeable, Lem is fantasticly weasally sounding.
Victor and his Mom reuniting.
Can't wait for follow up to this series which will be The Second formic war series. Have listen to about 12 Ender-related OSC books and they are mostly excellent.
Vico - I'm Italian
The diversity - shifting with the point of view/characters
The rescue of Vico
It hurts me to give anything less than 5 stars in this series. What was left to tell between Earth on Fire and Ender probably restricted creativity. Still, it was a great prequel series for one of the best sic-fi epics of all time.
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