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Earth Afire (The First Formic War #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  6,862 ratings  ·  588 reviews
One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War.

Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that until space stations and ships and co
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Published June 4th 2013 by Macmillan Audio
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Eric Allen
Earth Afire
By Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

A Review by Eric Allen

If you wish to skip straight to the review, the beginning will be highlighted in bold for your convenience. Before I begin, allow me to address the elephant in the room. Mr. Card’s rather outspoken views on same sex marriage. Being a fellow Mormon, I am ABHORRED by his recent behavior, and the way he hides behind religion to support his bigotry. Is this not the same man that wrote Speaker for the Dead? A beautiful book that i
Susan Townsend
Added this note a good bit later: I was in a really bad mood when I wrote this review, but the ending really ticked me off. I stand by what I said about not reading it unless you can go directly into the 3rd book (which I still haven't read.) I still think it's not up to the standard I expect from OSC, but it's probably not as bad as the 1 star rating I originally gave it. I'm willing to update that to 2, maybe 2.5. My comments on the audiobook stand! Except that it wasn't Stephen Rudnecki I dis ...more
Michael Hirsch
Ugh. Probably the worst book I've read of Card's. I'd like to think that it is all the fault of the coauthor, because this book has none of the insights and humanity displayed by everything else I've read from Card. The characters are all one note voices. They have one way to react to everything and they never change. The dialog is contrived and completely unbelievable--especially when it is children talking.

There was nothing clever anywhere in the book. There were a lot of really smart characte
Congratulations! Another entrant into my "too-bad-to-finish" collection!

This book doesn't offend reason or human decency like some horrors I've confronted (Red Mars, Ringworld, or Ancillary Justice all come to mind), but it's a dull, utterly lifeless work.

The characters? I. Don't. Care. Mazer Rackham was at least interesting because, you know, Ender's Game, but he only showed up for one of the 9 chapters that I read and then did absolutely nothing of note in it other than pose in front of plot d
This novel is why I'm a huge fan of Orson Scott Card - but woe to be the second book of a trilogy. I'm begging for the final installment already!
In this instance, the reader should really read "Earth Unaware" - the first in the Formic Wars series. Several references are made in this novel that would make more sense having read the first book.
Weaving in four plot lines is a dauntless task, but Aaron Johnston and Card do a marvelous job of bringing it all together by the end. Follow the story of a
Crystal Watanabe
Good added characters and I liked reading about Mazer. The book suffers the most from the cliffhanger ending for me. If not for that I'd have given it 4.
This one keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The Formics arrive at Earth and bad things happen. Great characters and 3 different story lines are going on: Victor tries to warn of the impending arrival of the aliens; Mazer Rackham locates to China on a peacetime training mission when the Formics arrive nearby; and the free space miner wives and children who survived the battle of the asteroid belt join up with some space scavengers to survive. I only take a star away because ...more
Kelly Flanagan
The mile a minute thrilling second book in the Formic War series. A pre-trilogy to the "Ender's Game" saga. And just as I was helpless to put down 'Ender's Game' as well as the first book to this series "Earth Unaware."
My only suggestion is that these are so good you don't want to stop, therefore wait for book 3 to come out!!
Jessica Lester
Loved it. Would read it again. Would recommend to a friend. I'm a huge fan of the universe and enjoyed the story. There are some nit picky things that bothered me, but didn't stop me from enjoying it at all.
Thomas Edmund
Earth Afire begins immediately after Earth Unaware, Victor is on the Moon trying to convince the world of their impending doom, Rem is out in space continuing to struggle to define himself from within his father's 'long shadow' and a few other characters its hard to care about do some stuff in space.

Afire offers far in terms of futuristic earth, insight into corporate culture, politics and importantly what earthlings think of 'space-born' While I appreciated the effort to create a believable wor
Not until after I finished did I realize I read book 2 of a 3 part mini series. Doh! Being an Ender's Game slut, I will of course read the other two now. This was a good book, but not to the quality of the original Ender books nor the Shadow series.


The book's main failure was the unrealistic nature of most of the characters. It just wasn't believable to me that they would all be so petty in light of the Earth being attacked by aliens.

I thought the book was worth reading for two
Andrew Obrigewitsch
One of the better Sci-Fi book written this year, and considering it's also a one of those dreaded Young Adult stories it was actually pretty good. It stands head and shoulders above other young adult books I've read.
Ethan I. Solomon
I would again like to take this opportunity to mention that I would love if Goodreads had a 1-10 rating system. If so I would give this book 2 out of 10 stars.

This is the second book in the First Formic War trilogy. If you are expecting any sort of greatness, I would restrain myself. Ender's Game this is not. No grand ideas on philosophy and morals are explored here. Once again, the characters are sidelined for the all too predictable story. An exploration of Mazer Rackham's character is barely
This is the second book in the novelization series of the prequel "Formic Wars" era to the Ender Quartet. Pacing is good and characterization's *not bad*. But the reason I can only give it three stars is perhaps personal preference: Unlike the Ender books, which offered a sense of closure at the end of each of the books of that series, the first two books of the Formic Wars series is not really serial in nature but rather episodic, with cliffhangers setting up each installment of the subsequent ...more
Ah. Yet another book by OSC finished. It gives me relief to know there are great writers out there and not just so so ones (even though the so so writers have to be acknowledged all the tremendously hard work they put into their writing). Let us begin by outlining the plot.
Victor, after months on the shuttle, arrived on Luna (the moon, if you couldn't guess) to spread the word of the hostile alien ship. Meanwhile, Bingwen, an eight year old rural Chinese boy who is basically a prodigy, sees a
Alexander Kwok
Aug 09, 2013 Alexander Kwok rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: OSC Fans
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My comments on the first book in the series, Earth Unaware are still largely true here in the second installment. I was pleased to see that Lem did get a bit more development--still true to the character we saw in the first book, but deepened.

All things considered, Bingwen couldn't help but seem like a sort of precursor to Ender--a child genius who draws Mazer Rackem (who of course will one day be Ender's mentor) to conclude (and I thought the conclusion was a bit forced, actually) that perhaps
Kevin Mammoser
the only real reason this got 3 stars instead of 2 is because I lived reading about mazer and I also love the striking similarity between Graff and wit o'toole. hey authors, a bit of undeserved criticism here, did you know its possible to wrap up the majority of actions in a book series at the end of each book and still have the reader hungry for more? see harry potter, and even your own book enders game. you don't have to leave us in the middle of a gut wrenching scene with no inclination as to ...more
David B
The Formics reach our planet and begin their devastating invasion in China. The nations of Earth are fragmented and ineffective, so it is up to the scattered cast of mavericks we met in the previous novel to begin formulating an effective defense.

I have been mostly underwhelmed by the novels of the Enderverse following “Ender’s Game” and “Speaker for the Dead,” but I am rather enjoying this series. Perhaps it is due to the presence of coauthor Aaron Johnson, but it is nice to take a break from O
Martin O'flaherty
Ni bien termine de leer Earth Unaware, no pude evitar ir a Amazon y bajarme Earth Afire inmediatamente.

Todavia no ha sido publicado el tercer libro de esta nueva trilogia que desarrolla los acontecimientos de la Primera Guerra Formic, pero la tension alcanzada en este punto es simplemente magistral.

Como buena prequela, sabemos de antemani que vamos a encontranos con una descripcion de eventos que son mencionados en libros posteriores de la saga de Ender, como "The Battle of the Belt" o "The Sc
Charlotte McKinney
Couldn't put it down

Excellent follow up book in the Formic War series. I can't wait to start the next book. I really love his writing style. I also enjoy the array of characters and how they all slowly come together in one way or another.
Sam Schneider
Again, a decent story if you're an Ender fan. Not on par with OSC's earlier work, but better than a lot of the post-Ender books. All 3 in this series are about the same in terms of entertainment and quality. (Take it out of the library. Don't need to own it.)
This book is excellent all the way through. I've been waiting for this release after reading the Ender's books, the Shadow series books, and the book before this one "Earth Unaware". It's really interesting to experience the events leading up to Ender's Game and to delve further into the backstories of characters like Mazer Rackim. I also really loved the way the author always paints a picture of the world politics surrounding an event such as an alien invasion. OSC always weaves an amazing tape ...more
card has accepted a co-writer on this novel and that might be why the read is less fun. the story line is good, but now it reads a little more like a jack reacher "Describe Your Gun" novel than a chapter from the ender universe. unlike ender wiggin, the child hero in this novel doesn't seem as plausible. there's no real reason to believe in his extraordinary intelligence or composure.

i stepped into this cycle in the middle and will go back and read earth unaware just as soon as i get the opportu
Do yourself a favor - if you're interested in this series, get all the books at the same time and read straight through them. I haven't, and I think it suffers for it. Book two picks up almost immediately after Book one, and doesn't spend much time reintroducing the characters, so if you haven't recently read Earth Unaware, you're likely to be lost. And it includes several Card trademarks - the overly brilliant child that talks like an adult, long-winded conversations that methodically build out ...more
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Jun Ohoh
Here's where the real action begins. Book 1 Earth Unaware was the set up for Book 2, and the race is on. Victor desperately tries to warn any human that will listen to him but he's stuck in the classic chicken little conundrum. He has vids for evidence, but folks have been watching invading alien vids for years, and his vids just get shuffled in a pack of thousands. Millions of hits, but few are convinced it's real.

The inevitable happens with the Formic Colony ship invading Earth, specifically C
Andrew Kurth
-Earth Afire, Orson Scott Card

-Mazer Rackham, a SAS member, and the teacher for Chinese pilots learning how to pilot the Hercules transport unit, but involved in something deeper
-Bingwen, an 8 year old son of a rice farmer in Southern China
-Victor Delgado, space miner that has beat the Formic ship to Earth in an attempt to warn the planet
-Lem Jukes, son of Ukko Jukes, the captain of an experimental mining ship that killed one of Lem’s friends
-Ukko Jukes, huge businessman, owns the Juke Limited C
Kristin Taggart
(Description nicked from B&

“Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.”

Most fans of science fiction and fantasy have read Ender’s Game, and now a new generation of readers is being dr
Andy Davies
This is the second book in the "First formic War" trilogy. It was a quick and entertaining read, if a bit flawed.

I am always a little dubious of prequels, in part because you know where you are going and have the gist of how you got there from previous books. This is another prequel series suffers from the lack of novelty and surprise that is part of the fun of Sci-Fi for me.

Again it felt like I had read part of a book and not the whole thing. The lack of start middle and end was a little frust
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th
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