- Series: The First Formic War (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (June 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765329069
- ISBN-13: 978-0765329066
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 438 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Earth Awakens (The First Formic War) Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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In volume three of the the First Formic War series—a prequel series set a century before Card’s classic Ender’s Game—the alien invaders have landed on Earth. Mazer Rackham and his Mobile Operations Police comrades pull off a high-risk mission to stop the mass slaughter in China. Meanwhile, in space, Victor Delgado, who risked his young life in the first novel in the series (Earth Unaware, 2012) to warn Earth of the impending invasion, is risking it again, this time by infiltrating a Formic vessel and trying to find a way to neutralize the alien creatures. But has he been set up by Lem Jukes, the conniving son of a mining-company president who’s feeling mistreated by his powerful father? With a nice balance of violence and political machination, the novel will definitely please readers of the first two books in the series—a series that, it should be pointed out, isn’t merely a spin-off of Ender’s Game and its numerous sequels. Even if there had been no Ender’s Game, the First Formic Wars novels would still pack the same considerable wallop. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Card remains among the biggest names in contemporary science fiction, and his latest will be published to a legion of eager fans. --David Pitt
“The sections that feature highly intelligent, self-reliant children--Card's trademark--are as excellent as ever; elsewhere there's plenty of solid action, well-developed characters….Another solidly engrossing installment, where the aliens are really just a sideshow: What we're witnessing is how and why Ender's child armies came to be.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Earth Afire
“While the reader knows who wins the war, the fate of the engaging characters in this story is up in the air. Thirty-five years after he introduced Ender to the world, it's great to see that Orson Scott Card is still making magic in this imaginative world.” ―NY Journal of Books on Earth Afire
“The pacing and the vivid action scenes will satisfy hard-core military-SF buffs. At the same time, the characters and the ethical foundations under them are at the high level we have come to associate with Card. Laying their own foundations under Card's Ender Wiggins saga, the Formic Wars promise to add to Card's already high reputation and to his collaborator's as well.” ―Booklist, starred review on Earth Afire
“Card and Johnston explore human ignorance and compassion through a tapestry of galactic warfare in the second volume of the Formic Wars trilogy.... Social upheavals and political ineptitude are realized through rich characterization and brisk action.” ―Publishers Weekly on Earth Afire
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I also have a problem with Card's tendency to make children super-intelligent. One of the main characters in this trilogy is an 8-year old boy who speaks, thinks, and acts like a 30-year old genius. I think of my kids when they were 8 years old and as smart as they are, there's no way they'd think or act like said character does. I know part of it is to advance the plot and the reader must provide some willing suspension of disbelief, but it goes way too far in my opinion.
The story is good, however, I read the entire 3 books in a few days. Lots of action, not a whole lot of character development, except for Mazer and the young Chinese boy. So in that respect, the character development is not up to Card's usual.
The battles were great, as was the description of military personnel, like Lieutenant Li, and the Chinese General who was credited for MOP actions.
I was really waiting for them to find a Queen. It was really odd that one was not aboard. The expected scene from Ender's school vids was abscent, and I shall be cery disappointed if it doesn't appear in the Second Formic War.
I was expecting the book to end with something done by Victor, like the first two books. A shame it didn't.
I just hope the second Formic War series is even a fraction as exciting as this book.
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.