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
I found the story very entertaining, but it lacks the depth of OSC's older work. It's a linear action plot, like the two books preceding it, but this one had more holes it it. It does give you a sense of closure, like ending the first chapter of the series, and I may take the opportunity to bail. The voice acting has its ups and downs. Having multiple dramatic voices is cool, but some of the accents are just outright terrible.
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.
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
Excitement, Satisfaction, Heroic
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!
Author - "In Plain English
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
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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