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
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.
Narration with character voices and accurate personalities
Fleshed out details of asteroid mining and realistic limitations on human space travel.
Glimpses of humanity in the character flying the corporate ship.
Not very original story lines - corporate vs. the little guy, daddy war bucks manipulating the lives of his kid and underlings, resentment of the wealthy - but narration and technology details made it worth hearing.
I absolutely love listening to books as well as reading print. Audible is crucial to getting through my day.
This novel fills much of what you are left wanting for in Speaker. It's a bit longer and deeper but that doesn't detract from your enjoyment.
It's a new twist on the Alien Invasion theme
I don't think I've heard this narrator before. He's not bad most of the time, but he can get overly excited at times. I don't really care for narrators that think a story needs embellishment with added by the narrator.
An excellent story by Card. I just hope he can resist the temptation to serialize it. It is a cliffhanger but, Card has supplied all we need to supply our own finish.
Not to much to say except well done. I will gladly read as many enderverse books that Card can produce.
The ending. The story started well and continued to develop for about half the book. The story then got fuzzy and tedious. It ended with a dreary conclusion that was not a conclusion at all - merely an introduction to the expected follow-on novel. A bit of a cheap trick in my mind.
Not really. Compared to the author's Ender series, this novel was not bad, just anemic
The various narrators were quite satisfactory although a single male and a single female narrator would have been sufficient.
Don't know. The question should be does it have enough substance to be considered a candidate for a movie.
Card has written some very good stuff. I hope he can again.
I enjoyed the story the very much. I was disappointed where the book left off at the end.
Switching between narrators for the same charactors was very distracting.
If you are a fan of the Ender series then you will be thrilled to read about the days before Ender's struggle began when the human species still thought it was the only sentient life in the universe.
That illusion is shattered in this exciting new chapter to the Ender saga!
Yes, good start to Formic War Series
This is fair on action and slow to keep moving compared to later stories
No, I would not try another book from the authors. I fully understand the uses of a cliff hanger and making a living via your writing but this is pretty ridiculous. This is not a book, it is a partial book.
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