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
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!
I only wish that they didn't end the first book the way they did. Without the second book, the first is just beginning. there was no real resolution to the real conflict. I will keep listening.
To sum up how stupid this book is (please note, I am an Ender fan, and generally like Orson, who in this case probably just got paid to lend his name ) multiple times they feel the need to stop a spaceship so that they can get out and fix it.
Laughably stupid, badly written and poorly narrated. Shame to ruin a great possible prequel.
Whitman College graduate... Enjoys History and Science Fiction
If you a re familiar with the Enders series this is essentially a prequel to those novels. It follows the first war, in which Mazer Rackham takes it to the buggers! The story is great, and is really completely separate from the Enders series... this first book was setting up the story for the next two, which I'm really looking forward to now! The full cast production makes the audiobook much more engrossing. I loved it!
Enders Game, Enders Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon
Before Ender... there was Mazer
This is the start of the war that plays out in the Ender series, must read for the fans
Can't blame the narrators, but I really really do not like it when a book has more than one. Please stop that, Mr. Card.
I really don't like it when the actor-reader is changed mid-book. I understand there are different viewpoints and story-lines, but I really appreciate one actor-reader to play out the book: he/she own it, it is his/her performance. As a listener, I have to get use to a reader, and learn to appreciate their reading cadence. Don't want to go through that multiple times.
This is not a stand-alone book! In other series, every book is a story by itself, with bigger arc across the series. Not this one. Except for the people that die, no story-lines are resolved and it abruptly ends with a cliffhanger for all of them.
Way to much adolescent angst.
Not this genre but Orson's work has a wild card factor to it.
It took a concerted effort to listen to this book and then it was like the ending was just dropped. I have no interest in the next book.
Orson Scott Card should be better than this. Characters are mostly stock and their motivations are generally childish. Instead of hating the primary villain Lem Jukes for his actions, I dislike him for how poorly he's written. The hero, Victor, is a decent character, if not completely fleshed-out. Card and Johnston spend too much time describing unimportant situations (the salvage of the Italian ship, for instance). Mostly, the narrative is heavy-handed and obvious, This book is the first in a series of three, however I won't be continuing the story. The plot seems mildly interesting, but there's not much else here.
The voice actors do a fair job with mediocre material, sometimes hitting the wrong notes. Mostly they're okay. I question the need for so many voices, though. And on more than one occasion it seems like an entire section was intended for one actor, but in post-production another narrator had to reread sections. Too much of a copy/paste feel to the production.
The story builds slowly at first but towards the end, I felt the same way at the end of each of Frank Herbert's Dune novels.
I really liked the end and went straight to Audible to get the second book.
When the corporate ship discovered their systems had been accessed, and the files documenting the bump were taken.
At points, I did laugh out loud. At other times, I felt true anger. I was surprised at this, as this is not normal for me when reading fiction.
One of the main readers had a slight wine when he read that bothered me a little. He starts the book and at first I wasn't sure I could deal with it. But I quickly got over that, and by the middle of the book wasn't bothered by his style any longer.
This book on audio was a slow paced, teen melodrama. A bug-hunt set in space with maudlin ethnic characters, heavy-handed political correctness, and poorly-researched science. I laughed a lot at the idiotic characterizations and artificial plot-thickeners --- reminded me of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Card is by no means my favorite writer, but I am buying the second book to see just how many hilariously moronic plot twists Card can play.
The performers did the best they could with the poorly-written text, but their reading speed was too slow, so I played them at 2x normal speed.
It was action-packed, albeit with meaningless action, and it developed the adolescent and pre-adolescent characters fairly well -- probably because Card identifies best with that age group. The cartoonishly stereotyped characters who rattled around inside a childishly simplistic plot helped me to fall fast asleep on the train or at bedtime.
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