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Earth Unaware (The First Formic War) Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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I know this review does not really matter and anyone who has read the other books will read this one too as you should, just keep your expectations low. Or maybe read this one in graphic novel form.
The story is moderately interesting, and the characters are enough to keep you going. However the book displays complete ignorance of the most basic points about physics, gravity, and space flight. (spoilers ahead)
What the heck does it mean to come to a "full stop" in space?
How does it matter how fast you're going when you dock, as long as you're matching velocity?
How can you travel from the Kuiper belt to the Moon in 8 months? At the stated velocity (100,000 mph) it's a 5 year trip. Don't you have Google?
So many many others..
By the way, if you're the mindless appendage of a multi-body organism, why do you snarl in hatred? Do our fingers have expressions? And oh yes, how does a human know that expression is hate?
I am a huge fan of Card's work, but come on, this time nobody even tried. It's OK to stretch the boundaries of science when you write science fiction, but you need to at least consider the actual facts too.
Lastly, Card's work is lyrical and a beautiful read, full of social commentary. This is just a rather poorly written space opera, not much different than the "Bug Eyed Monster" genre of the 1940's. I can't believe Card wrote this; I suspect Mr. Johnson spent most of the time at the keyboard. But Card should have exerted a little editorial control. His name's on the book, and that should be a promise to the reader. Promise not kept!
Sadly, it all starts to make sense when you read the Afterward in the book -- this was never originally intended to be a novel. It was backstory that Card created for Ender's Game. Back in 2009 Marvel Comics made several successful runs of comics based on Ender's Game and the Ender universe. This travesty of a novel is the result of Marvel wanting to do a new series with new characters, but still set in the Ender universe. It was created specifically to flesh out the story so Marvel can create a comic book series.
The book lacks the depth of the rest of the Ender's series and the parallel Shadow series. The world of the asteroid mining culture is fairly well developed, but could benefit by more depth. The culture of earth hardly makes an appearance at all. The story falls short of creating the backstory world the gave rise to Ender and his life. There is actually one character in this story who appears in the Ender's Game series, but he is given a very peripheral treatment. One key element of technology is also introduced. The formics are here, of course, but we learn nothing new.
The parenthetical subtitle, "First Formic War," creates an expectation that is never fulfilled. That's all I'll say about the ending. This was a squandered opportunity to provide us with a deep, rich view of the world where Andrew Wiggin grew up. Where are the insightful commentaries on human nature and society? None of the characters have the complexity of the Wiggins Family or Bean.
The overall structure of the book is difficult to follow. Each of the first three chapters is about a totally different set of characters in different worlds, and the book bounces among them with little natural transition. Of course this is a technique that Card uses in his longer books, but here in this shorter story I found it jarring. Two threads are connected about 2/3 of the way through the book, and the other thread finally comes into juxtaposition , but never fully connects.Read more ›
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