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 am a college student and busy mama. I am also a huge Orson Scott Card and Neil Gaiman fan. I enjoy anything science fiction or science fact based.
As a college student who has a never ending stack of textbooks to read, the audio version is very convenient. It allows me to be able to listen to my favorite books while giving my eyes a much needed rest.
Orson Scott Card has a unique way of writing that puts you directly in the characters situation. The main character, Victor, is much like Ender in his selflessness and maturity beyond his years. The details of space and all of the thought put into the tech necessary to sustain life and communication is just astonishing.
The narrators really brought the story to life. It gave a voice to the character without infringing on your ability to use your imagination.
A Post Production professional working in the television industry in L.A.
I completely understand why other reviewers were dissatisfied with this book -- because if you don't realize that this is just the first book in a series about the First Formic War, the book feels like it ends too abruptly.
If the publishers had just added the words "Book One" after the subtitle "The First Formic War" I think all those disgruntled reviewers would be singing a different tune. It wouldn't be a big deal if the war mentioned on the cover actually started in this book but it doesn't -- this is the set up for the war. So the cover is promising something that the story doesn't deliver.
Take note, publishers: people like to know what they are getting into -- trying to fool them will backfire on you every time.
That being said, if one does expect this book to be just the start of a series, then, to judge by this first book, it's going to be one heck of an exciting series!
OSC is in fine form -- the situations feel true and the characters feel very real. You can always rely on OSC for a "ripping good yarn" and this is no exception.
The narration is outstanding as well -- some of the best in the business.
OSC Enderverse fans will not be disappointed -- as long as they realize this is just the first installment in a series and that the actual "war" doesn't really start in this book.
I gave the Overall rating one less star for the misleading aspect of the book cover. Should they ever reprint this with the words "BOOK ONE" on the cover, I'll revise my rating.
i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.
i dont give high rateings easy. if you see a 5 star rateing from me then its a great story.
i love ocs narraters, Stefan Rudnicki i like a lot.
you ca read the info from other reviews and from story info.
i rated this 4 stars on story witch is vary good.
also try the simple to get even more of an ideal and read the reviews.
and remember every one has there own tast in storys.
its a good ideal to find people that has the same tast in storys as you follow them and that will help even more. the one thing i will tell you on the story here is the war dont start yet here just how they meet and the build up start here just before it get to earth.
i think most will like it. the next book will be the first war witch i hate haveing to wait on O.o
but is a good story leading up to it.
I have read other books by Orson Scott Card. I cannot say which is better but I seem to be using Audible now more than reading books. It is in between a movie and a book and can be done during a commute.
The intelligent writing and building of pace.
The battle scene on the alien ship.
As with many good books, the story started off slowly but by the end was gripping.
Absolutly will listen to this book again. Gripping story that draws you into an even deeper layer of the Enderverse. I read Ender's game 15 years ago and have been hooked on Card's Stories ever since. The enderverse will always be among my favorites!
The most memorable moment was when I heard the name Mazer Rackham mentioned, I hadn't read anything about this book and didn't really know what it was going to be about in advance so I was completely blown away when there was a sudden tie in for the Enderverse.
Stefan Rudnicki is one of my favorite narrators, he's read several of Card's books and always brings a great deal of depth to the characters he reads.
Absolutely would listen to this in one sitting if I had the time.
Can't wait for the next book in this installment!
I have read everything in the Ender and Shadow series, and to be fair, I haven't totally loved all of it. I do love the setting and the arching story. I have come to appreciate Card's storytelling, while not simple, and not for everyone, I love the way he does it.
This story does not have a lot of action even though there is much going on, discoveries being made, and pieces of a chess board being moved into place by Card and Johnston.
For fans on the Ender stories, this is a great book, for those not initiated with Ender and the Formic Wars, I suggest starting with Ender's Game, and go from there. I don't think this story would make much sense unless you knew what happens in Ender's Game, like a good prequel should be. Keep in mind, the book ends in a somewhat abrupt manner (although not as bad as some people have made it out to be) but it sets ups the next book nicely (due in June 2013).
The narration is once again wonderful. Using Card and Jonston's text, Rudnicki and cast use a different approach than most audio recordings and it breathes wonderful life and perspective into the story. The narrators take turns reading the chapters or sections to give a unique voice to the perspective of whomever the focus character is for that section, it works well and I wish more audio books did this, but it may take a special literary approach to make it work in the first place (Card writes with performance in mind).
Once again as an extra bonus, Orson Scott Card has a short interview at the end of the book. I love these "Bonus features" and honestly wish there were more!
Great book/story, great performances, and a great setup for a trilogy filling in some gaps in one of my favorite book series of all time.
I would listen to it again in a heartbeat its full of action and difficult decisions. I feel that the characters where developed in an amazing way that drew me in and made me see myself in their place. The book turned into my story, and was truly amazing.
It's unique in the ender universe, but probably is most similar in form to shadow puppets. It takes place primarily in space on ships. It has a lot of the same types of action suspense and character dilemmas.
The extraction of survivors from the ships left behind from the first bugger attack.
Yes, and I almost did.
Loved it and am excited for the release of the sequel!
I've liked the book but it's the first one for more to come. It does not stand for itself, it would have been great reading it and continue reading the "next" chapter in the next book.
Yes, I very much recommend you will wait till the next one will be published.
Finding the ship at near light speed
Yes and compares equally
I was apprehensive of a book before the time of the first bugger invasion. I can't wait for the next one
This books begins to set the background for the course of events that led up to Ender's Game. Far from feeling jipped that this book didn't wrap it all up in one volume, this means I can have many more books to look forward to.
The characters are well developed and they have deal with the same kind of difficult, painful choices all of us face in life, without the benefit of know what the future holds.
Any great crisis begins with just unrelated and often puzzling events. It is only from our superior position of hindsight that we recognize their true significance.
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