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Earth Awakens (The First Formic War) [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card , Aaron Johnston
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The story of The First Formic War continues in Earth Awakens.


Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship pulled into Earth orbit, and began landing terra-forming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.

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About the Author

ORSON SCOTT CARD is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow of the Giant, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender's Shadow, and of the beloved classic of science fiction Ender's Game, as well as the acclaimed fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

AARON JOHNSTON is a New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, and screenwriter who often collaborates with science fiction legend Orson Scott Card. He and his wife are the parents of four children.

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  • File Size: 1306 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765329069
  • Publisher: Tor Books (June 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising Plot, Horrible Writing July 11, 2014
This book had the makings of a good read, given an interesting plot. But the writing is just horrible. I can't believe this is Orson Scott Card's work. He was certainly better than that in earlier Ender books, in the Alvin Maker series, and others.

The science is just plain silly, as others have commented. The Formics have interstellar travel, but sailing ship wheels to turn. Vico knows how every control on the Formic ship works even though he spent all of two hours on it, operating none of them, and the Ansible should make all controls un-necessary.

The dialogue is wooden. Lem Jukes is a predictable two-dimensional character who cann't relate to his father, nor accept a single compliment his father gives him. He looks for the cloud in every silver lining. The romance scenes are laughable pre-teen material.

I'll keep reading these because I've committed to the series, but I beg Card to go back to writing them himself, or get a better ghostwriter.
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66 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Earth Awakens but is not much of a morning person June 10, 2014
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Many have criticized the First Formic war for crummy physics, shallow political/cultural analysis, and prose that feels like the novelization of a comic book. Those criticisms will not be deferred by the arrival of this book. Even if, like me, you enjoyed the first installments of this trilogy, I suspect you'll find Awakens to be somewhat of a disappointment.

My first criticism is that it appears that rather than put together an original, or create A unique spin on well-trodden sci-fi tropes, Orson Scott Card (or is that just Mr Johnston) opt instead to fill the pages of Awakens with numerous cliche's. (SPOILERS AHEAD) fighter ships flying into ventilation shafts, scientists inventing counter-agents to the Formic's poison (with high school chemistry). The heroes bravely fighting each other over who will risk their lives to attack the mother-ship. I thought Unaware at least had some originality, and Afire made Earth's situation seem genuinely dire. Awakens felt like I was reading a novel stitched together from Star Wars, Independence Day, and StarCraft.

Perhaps worse than mere cliche's is the lack of real tension in the plot. All the characters simply work from whoa to go, Mazer is the consumate soldier, Victor understands stuff about spaceships, and Lem continues his journey from amoral brat to actually OK guy. Lem's character perhaps presented the most interesting development through the novels, however his personality changes in Awakens are so contrived, his father such a stereotype, that this part of book was sub-par too.

The next frustrating part of the this conclusionary novel is the neutering of the Formic forces.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The plot thickens, but it Card saves it all for the very end.

Card just isn't putting as much time into his narratives and character development as he used to - it shows in his dialogs most clearly where all characters speak with the same voice and cadence. When I can't tell he difference in dialog between Mazer Rackham (a Maori), Wit O'Toole (an American) and Bingwen (an 8 year old Chinese boy) that's when the curtain pulls back and I find myself staring at Card - and no intellectual plot shift or dramatic action sequence can quite pull it back.

Although, I will say the book makes a better movie script than Enders Game ever did. So, is a new movie series what Card's aiming for these days? I think he'll have better success sticking to excellent prose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fair June 17, 2014
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Loved the first two books of the series but regrettably this book is lacking. The characters are one dimensional.
Eight year olds are more brilliant than adults (and they are not named Ender). The whole book serves as a prelude to the next book of the series, and is a filler lacking any real substance. The scenarios were absurd and all characters were interchangeable. It wasn't awful but it was disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABSORBING & ENJOYABLE! June 10, 2014
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Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card with Aaron Johnston is the third book in The First Formic War series which is written as a prequel and set a century before the classic Ender’s Game. This amalgamation of science fiction and fantasy is specially designed for young adult readers while many others from different age-groups will most certainly lap it up with great delight. In Earth Awakens, the aliens have invaded planet Earth and it is up to Mazer Rackham and his Mobile Operations Police team to embark on a suicidal assignment to stop the mass slaughter in China. Victor Delgado is attempting to neutralize the invaders by infiltrating a Formic vessel used by the aliens.

But will things go according to plan? Written by one of the biggest names in contemporary science fiction, Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card is a politically charged work with brinkmanship almost bringing planet earth to total destruction. Though not as absorbing and as enjoyable as Ender's Game, many will still find great delight in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ender saga is becoming complete July 30, 2014
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The books following Ender's Game has always been favourite books of mine. The First Formic War series felt like a fresh re-take compared to the last books published in the original time line, in particular I enjoyed the fist one, Earth Unaware.

Earth Awakens covers how the first Formics were defeated as well as the political games on Earth leading the coalition against the Formics. The political games are focusing on the driving forces behind the scene, driving forces that was more of personal motivation than by the need to form alliances to beat the Formics.

Everything is observed trough the eyes of a few main role players but never through the master minds behind the plans. As a reader one is always aware of the outcome and the fact that at least Mazer Rackham will survive so the reading is to answer the questions how and why things turned out the way they did. As usual in the Ender series we are following the bright and talented persons and as usual the grown-ups are the ones acting stubborn and narrow minded. I would not recommend the First a Formic War series unless the reader is familiar with at least Ender's Game and preferable some of the other books in the Ender series where the political plays in Earth are explained and the reasonings of the Formics.

The surprising thing with the book was that I always kept waiting for the main attack made by Mazer Rackham but it never came. In the few last pages the explanation came.. There is still room for another book but I don't see that it really will add anything compared to what is already known. A few things were left un answered like the fate of Mazer Rackham and Bigwen.
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Kindle book cost!
So true. No cost of printing and materials or even shipping. Ebooks should be a less than a paperback not the price of a hardback.
Jul 23, 2014 by S. Williams |  See all 2 posts
Is this a new book?
This is the final book in the 3-book series The First Formic War.
May 8, 2014 by Michael Keeler |  See all 2 posts
This appears to be the third book in the new series, The First Formic Wars, which goes back before the buggers arrived the first time and tells the backstory of Mazer Rackham.
Apr 11, 2014 by Donna S. |  See all 3 posts
Kindle version price up nearly $2 in one week... Be the first to reply
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