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
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.
This story was a great lead in to the war but I have to say it is frustrating in parts particularly the beginning lead in I was just cringing at the idea of what Victor was now expressing... I just wanted to go alright alright I get it now please stop pushing the flood waters over the dam and let's move on with the story. If you like the Enduro stories you will like this story... I just hate it when we get left in a lurch... I had to buy more credits to continue the series now vs waiting for another month for a new credit
Good enough to make you want to finish it, but it wasn't anything that really captivated me. It had just enough exciting parts mixed in with all the talk about relationships to keep me into it. It was light on the suspense and action.
Excellent characters as usual, excellent performance, but I'm very disappointed at the way they keep stopping the spaceships when they need to go outside.
The author understands horses and cars. Spaceships move differently.
At one point, a character on a trip from the Oort Cloud to Earth stops his tiny ship to go outside and install shielding, spending days decelerating and then accelerating back to speed. If he had 2X extra fuel he could have used it at the start and end to shorten the trip.
Others used magnets to extract metals from an asteroid. Could get iron but not all metals.
Almost all science fiction is pure fantasy - but at least give an excuse such as antimatter fuel or a fancy space drive. These were traditional rockets.
I'm very disappointed in one of my favorite authors.
Are the editors also 3rd grade dropouts?
I went into this audiobook with trepidation. While I enjoyed Ender's Game and Speaker, Mr. Card's political views have made me wary of reading any more of his work. Lo and behold I shouldn't have worried, because the physics in this novel are so wonky I had to stop every ten minutes and say "Whhhhaaatttt?" Some quick examples: why would you come to a "full stop" to go on space walks or eject other spacecraft from your cargo bay? What is a "full stop" anyways? How do these spacecraft decelerate without a turn and burn? Why would someone say a spacecraft is moving at 50% of light speed and subsequently say that it's moving at 70000 mph? Which, for reference, is only 4x faster than the ISS orbits earth.
It's almost as if one of the authors tried to write a hard scifi novel and the other one took a huge hit of nitrous and started editing. I'm not even going to get into the cousin love aspects of this story.
The performance of this sorry book was actually quite good. Unfortunately I cannot recommend the book on the performance alone. If you're looking for good scifi - look elsewhere.
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