Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender's Game prequel series with this first volume of an all-new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm.
The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster.
Earth has been reorganized for defense. There is now a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line. There's a Polemarch, responsible for organizing all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet. But there is an enemy within, an enemy as old as human warfare: ambition and politics. Greed and self-interest. Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado, and Lem Juke be able to divert those very human enemies in time to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity in the inexorable Second Formic War?
Full cast of narrators includes Susan Hanfield, Emily Rankin, Orson Scott Card, and Aaron Johnston.
©2016 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
Liked best: the parts of the story were those that actually dealt with the Formics strategy and actions, also the politics of the I.F. were interesting.
Liked least: Without giving away too much, there is a character in this book that magically discerns far too much about things that previously only were discovered in the far future according to other Ender/Shadow books. SPOILER ALERT: Specifically, the philotic connections between things; they were just figuring that out hundreds of years in the future according to the Ender/Shadow books, but somehow a person on Earth before the second war theorizes it? Not likely.
Get rid of the above mentioned character that knows way too much about the Formic's capabilities.
The last one (on the peanut shaped asteroid)
Not really. Many times, it felt like the authors are stretching one book into two or three. (seems to be a pattern in the last several books in the Enderverse)
I've listened to and/or read all of the books so I'm sure I'll get the next ones but I sure wish they would finish a story instead of adding filler to sell 2 or 3 books.
It was better than watching TV. A stand alone series would be better than one that relies on other books.
Some good, some not so good
Parts contradict enders game all I will say... good story still but annoying where a contradiction screams out in your mind from even the first Enders Game story the author missed ... honestly I love the prequels but honestly it makes it seem like only a grab for money when the person writing it misses the finer details of the later books in the original story which clearly gives plenty of means to avoid things encountered here.... they still only catch us who have finished the future books where a new person wouldn't go wait a second.
I think what interests me most about Scott Card's books are the ideas or theories he presents and work to help you understand. It is true that sometime the explanations can make to story drag if you aren't interested it them but I am and they make the story that much more interesting. It was predictable what was going to be in the asteroids but was suprised by what else was in them (hope that doesn't give too much away).
Another great book and I can't wait for the next one.
Great story! I've been looking forward to this book since I read the last of the first formic War. I knew I would love it and I did!
If you have read every other book in the Enderverse, then, by all means get this book. But be warned that it goes on for 18 hours and there is little substance. Its mostly character building, which can be substance, but I felt the character building was rather basic.
The think I like about many Enderverse books is how people are put into extremely difficult situations, and by using their minds, flourish. While this happened once or twice, they were short lived.
I was disappointed.
Author - "In Plain English
I recommend this book to anyone who has read the Ender series. I look forward to the next book that will be about Bean's children
The Swarm is a seamless, well-crafted yarn in the very best tradition of Ender's Game. Without space battles near Saturn and no Rackham children we trust what we read was a pre-prequel. Mazer promises to be an even more interesting character than Ender, if that's possible. The child heroes are no disappointments either. Bingwen, who we were introduced to in Earth Alive plays a pivotal role in the story and may be saved from an asteroid explosion thanks to high tech armor and nanotechnology co-developed by Mazar and Victor with input from Bingwen himself..
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