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
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.
The time listening to this book was ONLY well spent due to the fact I listen to them while at work. I used to be a HUGE OSC fan but after this and shadows in flight it has completely occurred to me that OSC is only riding the coattails of the enderverse now. The story could have been finished long before it was and could have ended much neater than it did.
Not OSC. Patrick Rothfus is coming on strong with his new series going to try that one
His voice is easy to listen to, he defines the characters very well. No confusion on who is talking. That was nice.
Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.
I enjoy Orson Scott Card's writing, but this book fell a bit flat for me. As the first in the series it included a lot of build-up but not as much interesting storytelling.
This book is mostly about people arguing with each other. Very little plot line. Almost all personal interraction on a 14 year old level.
Card should write his own books. They were good without Aaron Johnston.
Some other author
Too much high pitched almost anger reading all the time from the one reader.
Would cut out the bits where all the main characters were just yelling at each other.
Waste of good money on this book.
Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.
The base plot and story is pretty good. Even though I'm pre-informed about the Formic Bugs, I found myself eager to see what happened next. In that sense, it's neat to see the "how it came to be" in O.S. Card's "Ender-verse". There are two reasons I gave the book a lower rating.
1. Someone apparently subscribing to the "Clancy school of Super Ninja-Soldier" fiction apparently decided to interrupt Card's book at random with a corny novella of their own. Maybe we should inform the author?? The sub-plot is a little cheezy and adds nothing to the story. These interruptions were (to me) irritating and left me struggling to change gears back to the story I WANTED to read. And this is coming from a fan of military fiction.
2. The other reviews are right. The cliffhanger tone to the ending on this book was VERY VERY VERY overdone. It's like passionate lovemaking where the intensity builds.. then abruptly the couple stops, gets out of bed and wordlessly leaves the room. The ending is THAT jarring and unsatisfying.
My recommendation to others: Don't buy this book until the sequel comes out, When it does, get them both. Taken together, this and the next book would get a higher rating. As it is... "Earth Unaware" was a bit disappointing.
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