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
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 know the current trend is to break a book into as many parts as possible so that publishers can make as much money as possible, but nowhere does it say that this is only part one. Everything is left hanging. I would have waited until the other parts were available. If you are going to do this at least give us warning please.
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.
Retired but still consulting.
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.
It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I'm a long time SiFi reader-55 years of SiFi from the old masters to new SiFi tech but I never got into the Ender-World. I really didn't enjoy the series offerings in SiFi after reading a couple of long, multi-book SiFi / fantasy books.
That means I came to this book with no sense of need for it to fulfill some unknown 'history' in the Ender-verse. I got to read/listen to this novel and take it on its own not as a prequel to a series I'd already read.
The writing is underwhelming though the narrators tried to salvage what came off as a real YA entry into SiFi. Much was devoted to the romantic longings of a pair of youngsters from the mining ships whose draconian "Marry the woman off no matter what her desires" sounds like it came from pre-feminist authors. Hasn't Card learned that women arent chattel? I found this verging on offensive and having a woman 'Captain' didn't help at all.
Does it lead me to buy the follow up book? Well, reading reviews I saw that both books needed to be taken as a single book so yes-I'm already listening to 'Earth Afire'.
"SPOILER AHEAD" I really hope some character development is shown with one of the 2 remaining characters (a teen from one of the destroyed mining ships and the spoiled son of a mining corporation)END SPOILER
I'll see what happens and then decide on buying the Ender books but for now-I'm unimpressed.
I listened to all 14 hours of this book in two days. It starts out slow, but once the narrative gets into your system you won't be able to stop. Your family will find you curled up on your front porch with a rubber band around your arm and a needle pumping Earth Unaware directly into your veins.
A prequel to one of the most famous science fiction novels of all time, Earth Unaware details the events leading up to The First Formic War. The tension slowly builds until it is so thick you could climb it like a staircase. A finely crafted universe will engross and envelop you completely. An array of memorable characters grant you multiple perspectives into the events. You will share their terror, celebrate their bravery, feel their pain.
The narration is the weakest element of this audiobook. The book is narrated by an ensemble cast, but not in the way you might think. You won't have a conversation between X and Y where one narrator reads X's lines and another reads Y's lines. Instead, one narrator reads each chapter that takes place from X's perspective and another reads each chapter that takes place from Y's perspective. This is jarring and I found myself taking a few minutes to adjust each time the book switched narrators.
Eventually there are more perspectives than narrators and you start to get narrators re-used for different perspectives, which is even more jarring.
For the most part, the narrators are not masters of their craft. They are passable, but not exceptional. Most of them have very limited range, unable to use distinctive voices for different characters. Several tend to use strange accents for their characters; one in particular sounds a little too close to Droopy the cartoon dog. The narrator for Victor is almost fine, except that when he's reading narration (as opposed to voices) he tends to slowly drop his pitch over the course of each sentence, as if he is perpetually disappointed.
These aren't Card's most interesting characters - some of them tread a little close to having stock personalities - but I think that works with the narrative because it shows us ordinary people in extraordinary situations.
Oh this book is so easy to listen to! the narrator's do a fantastic job splitting up the scenes to let you easily know where you are (good because there are a few different stories going on at the same time). There was one part where you're in the perspective of a teenage girl and it honestly gets a little annoying with how much she complains, coupled with the narrator being very good at mimicking a teenage girl complaining. It's only about 10 minutes and if you power through that 10 minutes it's an amazing story! can't wait to listen to the next in the series!
Filling in the backstory from the First Formic War
Mazer Rackam performed by Stefan Rudnicki
The narrators pronouncing some of the in-universe words or names differently than other narrators was off-putting.
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