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Earth Afire (The First Formic War) Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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THE ENDER UNIVERSE
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However, just like the previous book, "Earth Unaware", be warned, that this isn't a "Feel Good" book. It is also a "Darker" book. There is alot of sadness since it addresses the "Bugger Wars" from Ender's game. With war comes death, misery and sadness. Additionally, as mentioned by the author, this is the second of three books, and it ends with nothing really resolved. It's like part two of a three part, season ending TV episode, only we have no idea when part 3 will come out. I would have given this book a 5 star had it not left off in such a way, as I hate that. I would almost have preferred to wait until all three Books were released, and then read all three.
However, the big hint is expressed in the title "Earth Afire : 2". OK, the good news is the implication that further books will follow with more story about the First War. The BAD news, and it is the first time THIS trick has been used, is that EA:2 ends abruptly, right in the middle of an impending action germane to the EA:2 entire storyline. Previously, OSC resolved plot points in every book, then started anew with any sequels. This book has reverted to the cheap TV-like "Cliffhanger", except we don't get some resolution Next Week, we now have to wait Months for EA:3 (June 2014, I believe).
Yes, I am still hooked and will continue to read, but I am NOT HAPPY about the cheap tricks.
I even skipped a whole chapter because it was following the surviving women of El Cavador who are still way out in the solar system, nowhere near the Formics, and therefore irrelevant to the plot. The book would have been much more exciting if it had a consistent plot centered around the Formic invasion with a minimum of characters. The individual characters and all the little subplots are well done in themselves, but the overall effect of writing a book this way is to make it seem like a set of barely connected short stories packed between two covers rather than a unified novel. I'm surprised the publishers let Aaron Johnston get away with this. If you love the Enderverse like me, you can make it through this book, but you will probably be annoyed along the way.
I will keep it short and sweet. I found problems with this book. First, the First Bugger Invasion was a Scout Mission mentioned in previous books and mainly out in space and didn't mention things about an invasion into China until the Second Bugger Invasion with the landers. Second, the first Bugger Invasion happened years before the Second and Mazer was never mentioned to take part of it. He was the unlikely hero of the Second Invation. Third, to the book itself; timing sequences seem to be off from when ships first make contact to when they meet at Lunar. Forth, if communications were highly affected by the Buggers how were there formations of multiple ships joining together in space to repel the oncomming spaceships occur, that would take all kinds of inter-communications between the humans. Lastly, it left off at a highly anticipated part. Now it is nice because you want to read the next book and I will but what a spot to end the story.
I will say I love the books and this story by no means is bad, it just does not fit with the continuation of the previous books. Now maybe it can be explained in later books and I cant wait till this story ends and the last Enders Shadow book comes out. I was just a little dissapointed with this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first Orson Scott Card book.
After seeing the recent ENDER movie, I wanted to get into the Ender story universe that Card created, but rather than reading... Read more
This book gives yet another view of the adventures of Earth before Ender's birth. I can't wait to read the next one.Published 4 days ago by Sandra J. Hudnor
If you like Ender's Game this 2d of the 3 prequels is well worth a listen. The readers remain the same throughout the series some it doesn't become distracting.Published 11 days ago by Melissa A. Butterfield
I loved the book, its a great backstory for Ender's Game. What I've been looking for. The reason I gave it 3 stars was the typoes all through the book. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Edward Brunck
A good read but not as compelling as some of Card's earlier work. That said, fans of the series aren't likely to be disappointed.Published 26 days ago by ainadude
The First Formic Wars Series is amazing and the natural linkage to Ender and the 2nd war build so much meaning into the "Ender Series" plus you get the great characters, drama,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ratfink454
Mediocre, PC, Sci-Fi. Presumably what's required for publication these days.Published 2 months ago by jsmith