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 rank it five for five, so it is among my favorites.
I liked the descriptions of life in the solar system prior to the advances discovered from the Formics.
When the mother ship was first attacked.
I liked discovering the origin of Mazer and the Doctor weapon.
Say something about yourself!
I let this book sit in my cart for almost 2 weeks before I finally decided to buy it. I wasn't sure if I could get around an Ender book with a totally different cast. I was very wrong. It has its fair share of action, a little romance and taboo and corporate scandal with some aliens thorwn in for good measure. The most enjoyable part was everything. I also find a few small but important parallels between Lem and Peter, who was my favorite character from the Ender and Shadow sagas. The entire cast gave wonderful performances.
The Stick Man
Although the book starts slowly, the action and suspense mount as the author's character development and plot expand with every chapter. I have read Orson Scott Card since Ender's Game, and continue to rate him as an intelligent and very creative author in this genre.
I suppose so, the tidbits of interesting sci-fi scenarios were fun to read. But much of the story was laced with a rather cynical and sometimes paranoid view of humanity. That got to me after a while.
The alien species was completely uninspiring. Ants? Really?
Yes, Ender's Game. The narrator is excellent.
No, let it die here.
The author frequently inserted unnecessary moral commentary. He seems to have a score to settle against certain elements of society. As a result, the book felt preachy at times.
I liked it!
Enders Game is one of the best all time sci-fi stories ever written, according to me. Card does a good job of filling in the blanks and fleshing out the foundation upon which Enders Game can now sit on.
I enjoyed the story-scape Card painted for us in this book, setting the stage for Ender's Game. I could feel and see the story happening as I listened. I knew the characters and cared about them and interacted with them.
If you liked Enders Game, these prequels are essential, and in my opinion better than the sequels were.
Stefan Rudnicki is one of my favorite narrators. Card uses him a lot and he is part of the story......I expect the Stefan Rudnicki voice when I hear a Card book......it wouldn't be right without him!
Nearly did.....listened to this book and the second in the series over a three or four day period.
Earth Unaware is the first in a series of prequels to the Ender Series that take us back to the first human encounter with aliens, the "buggers" made famous by Card's Ender's Game. If you are an Ender fan (and who isn't!) you're going to love Earth Unaware. The characters are solid and well developed, as is the asteroid mining culture in which the story develops. There's plenty of action, too, both before and after the alien encounter. The use of multiple performers for this audiobook edition works well, and the performers are uniformly good. (Note that one of the performers, Emily Janice Card, has a remarkably familiar name!) I unhesitatingly recommend this book to Ender fans. In addition, if you've never read Ender's Game, then Earth Unaware is a good way to get some backstory on the aliens. I've already preordered the next in this series.
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.
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