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Earth Unaware | [Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston]

Earth Unaware

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.

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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

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    Compass Four LLC USA, NJ 08-13-12
    Compass Four LLC USA, NJ 08-13-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Books like this are read over and over and over."

    You will definitely enjoy it!
    It will have a strong appeal to the under 25. I have read it at least three times now.

    While it does have a relationship to the Ender series it is not part of that series. Orson Scott card has always delivered value in his writings and this is no different. You will enjoy.

    Critics are a dime a dozen. I guess I'll be one. I don't like how this book or series was broken up. It ended in the wrong spot. I think the publisher was trying to make it like a television series trying to leave at a cliffhangers. You actually caused a different problem. I guess money is money to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Champaign, IL, United States 08-05-12
    David Champaign, IL, United States 08-05-12

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston and/or the narrators?

    NO. Not sure why this story just didn't resonate for me while all the other books in the ENDERverse did. Maybe it was horrible ending, or the confusing story line of the corporate's interactions with the "free-miners" that was contradictory and unrealistic. This is the first of three book, I believe and I probably will NOT buy the sequels, unlike the "Speaker" and "Shadow" series.


    Has Earth Unaware turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes - if the story continues to be this dull.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The action sequences with the MOP was interesting - just wish there was more of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor story line, an overall disappointment to the ENDER-verse.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryant Winters, CA, United States 07-31-12
    Bryant Winters, CA, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "One of Card's Best"

    I am a huge fan of Orson Scott Card, but I, like many of his fans, worry that he's overdoing the series. There comes a point when I hear he is writing a new Enderverse book and I just groan.

    That said, the books are always fantastic, and this one may seriously be my second favorite Ender book (aside from Ender's Game, of course). The characters, the plot depth, it's all vintage Card. I expected it to be rushed, but aside from the ending, it wasn't.

    The producers always get the best out of a fantastic narrating cast as well. Props to them for continued excellence.

    The ending was rushed, yes. We'll have to see in the final two books if the whole thing could have been stuck together in one book, especially considering WE ALL KNOW HOW THIS ENDS. But it wasn't a let down, it's vintage, fantastic Card.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Juan V. PA 07-30-12
    Juan V. PA 07-30-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Hanging on events Enders Wolrd already solved"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Earth Unaware to be better than the print version?

    Sorry personally I only listen to books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The number of Characters, the lead up story to the next book.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Lean Duke, Victor, Chubs


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mine Clash


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed most of the Ender's series, this collection should not disappoint; It just so happens that all the books are not out yet, so it's the waiting game.Yes the book is leading to the first war, so that is kind of publisher over sight that gets in the covers' way. But will be looking forward to the next book - whenever that might be. I would go to say this book was short, but then looked at the play time and it is normal for most books I listen to.Guess that just means I really enjoyed it.

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    Xuunam Philadelphia, PA USA 07-29-12
    Xuunam Philadelphia, PA USA 07-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "one of the best books since Ender's Shadow"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Goodpasture Jacksonville, FL United States 07-23-12
    R. Goodpasture Jacksonville, FL United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2003
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    "If you like Enders series, you will like this."
    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The readers are great. They really make the story come alive with emotion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of the story are very emotional. You feel like you are there.


    Any additional comments?

    Wanted more of the story at the end. Should have been called "First Encounter" or part 1.
    I hope there will be a "rest of the story" soon.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Clifton Park, NY, USA 07-17-13
    Brad Clifton Park, NY, USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Good story but technology is sorely abused"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is a good one but there are a few areas where it is annoying. For instance, the characters can "hack" into any ememie's computer network on a complete whim while at the same time their networks are 100% secure. There are inconsistancies with relativity as well that are bothersome. For example, in one part this one ship had to come to a complete stop in space to do repairs because it was too dangerous for a space walk at their speed. They also mentioned that hitting some debris at their speed would kill a man and that was the justification for coming to a stop. This is absurd. First off, the ones on the walk would be moving at the same speed as the ship regardless of its actual speed. Secondly, while I agree that if you were moving at 70,000 kph and hit something it would be bad but by coming to a stop to prevent that makes no sense - do you realy think everything in space is not moving? Whether you are moving or not, there are plenty of objects out there traveling much faster than you are - so by stopping you really are not doing anything to increase safety.

    Good book, but these type of things bother me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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