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Earth Unaware (The First Formic War) Mass Market Paperback – April 30, 2013
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Yes, really there was a lot of violence in the book I guess, but given the theme (Earth gets toasted by aliens) what would you expect. It was definitely not gratuitous violence and was handled well.
Great series, interesting plot twists, a few huge technical flaws that are pretty glaring (if you are a physicist or a rocket scientist and are obsessive compulsive about technical details you may want to skip it, drifting up to the alien ship in a cloud of debris while in orbit? Not sure I buy that but it makes for a good story), A lot of the routine technical stuff is detailed in creative ways that I found interesting and probably somewhat prophetic (which I like about SciFi). I really, really liked the character development (again not perfect but creatively done and very interesting). The political, cultural and human commentary I found extremely interesting (which I like about SciFi). Card is really interesting about the human factor and human interaction.
Very interesting story. Good series. I would definitely recommend reading these in order (I didn't and so read the third book again which I thought was the best of the three books).
I started reading these because one of my kids was reading Ender's Game and recommended it to me. He told me that I would really like it and I did. The book (Ender's Game) was much better than the movie, they had to leave way too much out of the movie robbing it of the character development which was unfortunate.
Yes, some of the stuff in his book is a stretch but so what, its fiction remember? The stories and character development and situations are really interesting. One of my favorite authors.
Ships have a maximum speed and can "come to a full stop" using their "retros" (apparently they have front and back thrusters for some reason).
The author makes a big deal about how cold space is. They are in the Kuiper belt, so it is true that they would probably radiate heat faster than they received solar energy, but the book makes freezing out to be a terrible, immediate danger.
One scene where they want to land on a hostile space craft is written like a car chase. They "wait for it to pass", and then "pull up alongside it". After they land on it, they try to cut a grappling arm with shears, but the metal is "impermeable" until they use a "heat extractor" to freeze it.
Hacking is easy for anyone to do--one mining ship downloaded "everything" from a secret research vessel. It took one person less than half an hour to bypass the research vessel's security.
Doing anything on a computer requires programming--they "tinkered with the programming" to filter scanner results.
One final thing that bothered me personally was the scrupulous use of "whom", even in dialogue. I applaud the grammatical mastery, but I found it distracting. I think dialogue and internal monologues should help establish the voice of the characters. Apparently all of these characters are prescriptivist grammarians.
The story line was slow with an awful lots of (what turned out to be) pointless chatter. The characters presented were a bright point...Card can develop a character within the scope of the story line.
The story line.....mmmm...three separate story lines that I guess will fuse in the next book or the one after or the one after that!
The best I can say is I finished the book!
And (love the grammar!) talking of finishes....this book had a 'lost in space' finish....definitely no 'Warning Will Robinson".
IF you are an Enders Game fan...I guess you will read on.....I hope you can say nicer things about this!
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Still a good introduction to the series.