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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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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 07-16-14
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2015
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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. :(

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    Charles Rohrig 06-23-14 Member Since 2013
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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 2014
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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.

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    physicistProgrammer 06-14-14 Member Since 2015
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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.


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    Michael 04-24-15
    Michael 04-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Card's purchase for Ender's world!"

    Card and Johnson masterfully introduced a world shaped by Formic invasions. In Card-like fashion, the reader/listener emerges in a new world with graceful immersion into their nuances. After reading the Ender's and Shadow series, this trilogy reminisced of the war and geopolitical tones that endeared this reader to Ender's Game and the Shadow series. So good that I purchased the audiobooks after reading them.

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    Jesse Ali PALMDALE, CA, US 04-08-15
    Jesse Ali PALMDALE, CA, US 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't you dare say "Rena" again"

    While I'm sure the pronunciation of the name "Rena" was correct... I listen to Stefan Rudnicki narrated books because they help me sleep.

    There is nothing more jarring in any book I have ever listened to, than the word Rena said loud and clear with a rolling tongue.

    I had to skip every chapter about Rena because her name is said every few seconds the whole way through. I seriously wanted to punch someone each time I heard "Rena"

    Very disappointing because I really enjoyed the story and all the other narrators -I wish I knew what happned

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    CHRISTOPHER B HENDRIX ADKINS, TX, US 03-30-15
    CHRISTOPHER B HENDRIX ADKINS, TX, US 03-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it"

    Have read it three times and still love it. Can't get enough OSC! Narrator is great too.

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    Michael Carr 03-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Back to Quality"
    If you could sum up Earth Awakens in three words, what would they be?

    Excitement, Satisfaction, Heroic


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    After being bored with the 2nd book of the 1st Formic series "Earth Afire", I was pleased to see OSC bring back the excitement for this book "Earth Awakens". Exciting, Heroic, Interesting, and Satisfying. Looking forward to the 2nd Formic series!

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    Peter Fratarcangelo Norwalk, CT United States 03-14-15
    Peter Fratarcangelo Norwalk, CT United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent pre-Enders Game story"

    By itself it stands on its own, which was difficult with the enormity of the Enders Game and sequels that have followed.

    Without question this is an Excellent pre-Enders Game story

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    Scott Middleville, MI, United States 03-01-15
    Scott Middleville, MI, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Why didn't I wait?"

    The ender universe and the dune universe are two of my favorite stories to read. Half way through, while talking with a co-worker, I discovered there was another book in the series. Infuriating, now I have to wait to finish the story. I am looking forward to the next book(s). I can't wait to see how things tie together.

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