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
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.
A Great story
the arrival of the buggers
Always good writing by Orson scott card. A great pre-quel to the ender series.
Overall I enjoyed the book. It'll make an interesting addition to the Enderverse after the other books are written. It is a little formulaic for OSC, since one of the main characters is a child genius, but that's to be expected.
I did not want it to end. I am looking forward to many long books till they get to Ender Game.
It is one of the best books by Mr. Card.
Spoiler: in the end when the main character reached moon.
It's a must read for all Ender's game fans.
A different narrator. For me the opening narrator sounded like he was always whining or breathless. I think I'd accept him narrating one of my wife's romance novels but after about 4 hours I called it quits. I just couldn't stand listening to him anymore.
Also, I haven't read any OSC in a long long time. I remember reading Ender's Game right about when it came out. I enjoyed it, but I do remember it was a bit tedious. I never could get into the next few in the series. I thought have it narrated might make it flow a bit more but my previous comment shows it didn't add to the experience.
Once thing that really struck me was that the children act like adults and the adult are very childish. Makes it seem more like a young adult novel because of that; what YA doesn't want to be seen as smarter than an adult?
Less detail in the action; too much detail slows down the action.
Blank out the first narrators performance. Just cut him out of the book. The missing HOURS would be worth not hearing his voice!
Yes, I really really didn't enjoy him. So much so that I think when I'm done here I'll try to find out which of the listed narrators he is so I can avoid anything else he's done.
Can't think of one I'd CUT but change yes.
Whish I could sell my copy. lol
A good book to preface Ender's Game and provide a little insight to the entry of the Formics into our solar system.
The attack on the main Formic ship. Shadows of a hive mind as one Formic sees a previous enemy.
Like several of Card's books I think the ending was lacking. I have heard that this is supposed to be book 1 of a trilogy, but the ending left way to may loose ends. So I hope book 2 comes out soon to help tie up those ends.
Children of the Mind also had too many loose ends. At least we know that Shadows Alive should tie most of those up.
The story was good. It helps set up several key elements for the entire series and was tough to put down.
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.
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.
Yes - if the story continues to be this dull.
The narrators were fine.
The action sequences with the MOP was interesting - just wish there was more of it.
Poor story line, an overall disappointment to the ENDER-verse.
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