The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.
El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.
They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. The first Formic War is about to begin.
©2012 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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I have been completely drawn into the Enderverse and was starting to get into what was going on in this book when it all ended abruptly. I thought that perhaps my download ended at a very bad point when I get to the interview of Orson Scott Card. Obviously this is the setup to the next book, and I will get the next one when it comes out, but I just felt the story was ripped out from under me. If I knew this I could have waited and got the entire series all at once. (who am I kidding, I will get these as they come out and wait almost patiently until the next installment) Other than all that I am ready for what happens next. The Formics are on their way to Earth after deadly encounters with miners at the fringe of the solar system. Where is Mazer when you need him?
I love this series but this book was like a long intro. I agree with the other reviewer, I thought my download was messed up and there was another part to the book. I was rather disappointed due to the high quality that typically comes from Card. I honestly felt like I wasted 14hrs getting ready for a book that has yet to come. The book is like a typical "sequel book" where you know the next book is going to be great but you have to get through this one. I would wait before purchasing this book until the next one comes out. The title is extremely misleading because there is absolutely no war at all in this book. They spent an entire book trying to set up a plot for a book that doesn't exist yet. No climax or resolve in this book at all. It reminded me of the 2nd to last Harry Potter movie where all they did was wander around in the forest for a while - in watching it with the last movie it was good but as a stand alone bad. Have I mentioned how disappointed I am yet??
Actually have a book instead of just an intro.
The narrators were wonderful as usual.
From my reading history my perfect book would include; a space ship piloted by Ender Wiggin, that is infested by Zombies, who are being hunted by Drizzt Do'Urden and Lestat, while Joe Ledger and Amy Harper Bellafonte try to keep the ship from distroying Middleguard. The Sequal would be from Bean's perspective, with an epilogue by Malcolm Gladwell.
The publishers summary was a bit misleading.so if you want a break down on what the book is about without any details here you go.
This is not a book about the first formic war. This is a book about people before the war. 99% of the book is about space miners. 1% is about military people on earth.
They should change the tittle to something else and add Book 1
The first chapter was horrible. It felt like a soap opera so I almost deleted the book. It got better later in the book so overall it was an ok book.
Each chapter was essentially read by a different narrator. I felt that this was rather jarring and interrupted the flow of the story.
After the first chapter it was an ok book to listen too.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
I didn't think I'd enjoy the prequel to Ender's Game, and it doesn't come close to it. I need to put it out of the way.
That being said, this is a story that stands alone pretty well on its own. The multiple narrators, especially when they keep switching mid-chapter, can be confusing. And some narrators are more invested in the narration than others.
Card has given us a view of the opening of the first Formic War by introducing compelling characters and telling a moving story. There was nothing shallow about the relationships between the members of the different ship crews, or the main point of view characters on each ship. The journey each character made from the beginning to the end of the book was rich and individual and authenticly human. It was great to see what may prove to be the origins of the DR Device that was so important in the end of Ender's Game. It was also great to explore the limitaions the absence of the Ancible placed on comunications abilities.
This was a wonderful story, masterfully told, and I believe absolutely properly named. The entire point of the multiple protagonists struggles were that these characters knew something that Earth did not. When one amazingly brave young man puts himself through a 7 month torturous journey to get the warning to Earth only to find himself arrested for breaching typical burocratic noncence, it is only right that the book end with the final act to let the planet know what is coming. Yes, there obviously MUST be a sequal. After all, this was the beginning of the First Formic War and Ender won the Third.
I listened to this in one sitting. I was deeply emotionally engaged, and as key point of view characters gave their last full measure I cried. I truely hope I can live up to the nobility of spirit portrayed in Mr. Card's world.
The story line and production of this book are so sadly inferior to the Ender series that it is misleading to even mention the Ender series when "selling" them. The reader for Viktor, one of the main characters, has a high pitched voice and adds such a sardonic tone to all his narration that I ended up listening to over half the book in double time just to make it tolerable. I loved the Ender series so much and wanted so to learn the backstory that was promised, but only the last 2-3 chapters of the book really held any substance. It's hard to believe that this was written by the same author.
Written a better script. There is a lot of insignificance that I suppose was to create empathy for the characters .. only it didn't.
Dump the reader for Viktor first of all. His voice is high pitched and his tone is full of contempt. Other readers whom we've heard in OSC's books are starting to sound tired and bored. I'd rather have had a single good reader than a tired cast.
The last chapter gave some promise for the next book, which I'd already bought because I "trusted" the Ender author to give me good quality.
This is SUCH a disappointment!
this book is well written and i get the feeling that i'm going to love the sequel, but the story of this book standing alone didn't do it for me.
i won't ruin anything for you, but it seems like very little happens in this book. it is pretty much a build up for the sequel.
one of the things that i didn't like was how OSC seemed to spend too much time reviewing what characters think. i usually like that stuff, but i found myself at times wondering why OSC felt the need to put so much in. you are privy to the decision process of some of the characters and it gets old because it didn't strike me as interesting or creative. and many scenes had a surplus of it. i'm not sure what to suggest in its place, but that's how i felt listening to it.
having said that, i'm still excited to listen to the sequel and i hope i love it as much as i liked the ender's series.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It is just as good as the books that it is meant to come before in the Ender series. It is very well written and with a very positive and I think realistic view of the human condition.
I loved the part where Wit whips the regular troops using only 9 of his MOPS. This combined with the fact that Wit has rejected the future hero of the Formic Wars, Mazer Rakem, to become a MOP.
The performance of the narrators is excellent throughout the book. They bring just the right emotions and flavor to the story to make things seem even more vibrant that when I read this on my own.
I enjoyed listening to this book a few minutes at a time. It allowed me to savor the experience.
Made this book the first four chapters of the real book about the ant wars. I really thought there must be another download. Then felt like I had wasted a lot of time on this one.
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