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Earth Awakens (The First Formic War #3)

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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; eve
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Tor Books
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T. Edmund
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, Ors
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Laura
MORE MAZER RACKHAM! MORE MAZER RACKHAM!

I would like more of a focus on Mazer Rackham ;)
Mandy Bellm
Fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series. So excited to hear there is a trilogy in the works for the Second Formic War. Not going to be able to wait for the year(s) in between each one though!
Jim Kahn
The third book in the prequel series to the original "Enders Game" series, the book is worth the read to fans of the Ender universe but once again it falls far short of the quality of the originals. Card seems to have given up any pretense at writing compelling and realistic dialog: each character has the identical sarcastic / juvenile sense of humor and manners of speaking which makes it impossible to develop any sort of attachment. Card also has given up on any pretense of 'hard' science ficti ...more
Jack Bradbury
I was going to write this long review addressing some of the criticism, but the simple truth is that a) I'm way too lazy for that, and b) I am just in too much awe over this book to do anything but gush about it. Each of the characters really popped off the page. The pacing was quick.

I am just amazed at what Card and Johnston were able to do with this trilogy. They take a pre-established universe and works within it to create a world that doesn't contradict what was previously laid out. Ender's
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Chris Chiarino
I rarely review the books I read but this one was worth the time. Card does a great job giving the reader what they want. It described everything that happen in great detail. I really enjoyed Mazer and Bing it reminded me of Ender's experience with Mazer. Also there was a great plug for the second Formic War. I bet Bing's school will become Battle School!!
Mike
Couldn't wait until this one came out and sped right through it. Just ok and not up to the standards set by the first two books in the series. 2 Stars. It felt mechanical, not original and fresh. The story lines were not as tension packed and interesting as the leading books. Enjoyed it but not near as much as I hoped.
Jarrett Piner
Such a satisfying book! I had major worries when I learned that Card was writing prequels to Ender's Game, and am so glad he (and his co-author) wrote these. An absolute "MUST READ!" for any fans of the Enderverse.

Buy it and read it! ...but only after reading the first two...
Dusty Anderson
Great trilogy from great authors. I love all of Card's Ender/Shadow books...though I'm not a fan of his other works. This series is just as compelling as the rest. If you haven't read the Ender series or the Shadow series, and you like scifi, you need to read all of these books! Start with this trilogy first, then Ender's Game...wonderful read...
Mona Temchin
Another excellent book from Orson Scott Card .

The audiobook was expertly read by his usual cast of audio readers--Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin,
Roxanne Hernandez, Arthur Morey, etc.

This picks up where the second book in the First Formic War Series, "Earth Afire" left off.

It's got the same cast of characters too, along with a few additions.

Victor Delgado and Imala Bootstamp have enlisted Lem Jukes' help to do a scouting mission to a Formic ship in Earth's atmosphere.

Mazer Rackham, Whit O'Toole
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John Sorensen
I like Card and his books. This book focuses on closing out the story lines and ending the trilogy. This is accomplished with efficiency and is well done. I was satisfied not only with how the story lines ended, but they felt organic and credible given the way the characters would have behaved. This story focused a bit more on the story and less on the science and physics the first 2/3rds of the book. However, in the last 1/3 of the book machine guns in free fall are just a bad, stupid idea. The ...more
Elar
You know the food like substance which they call cheese like product - tastes like soft plastic with cheese aroma. I felt exactly like that listening to this book. I could smell Ender's universe, but it tasted awful and it got 3 stars only because my stomach is not empty at the moment and aroma was good enough. Book wraps up many story lines, but you feel all the way that it is nothing more than another book in franchise and OSC did not put many hours into it - unfortunately :/
Ryan Augustine
I fell in love with the Ender series log ago, and I found myself just a drawn to this book as much as the others. The last time I had a book in my hands this much, was in 1999 when I was reading Ender's game for the first time.


This book held true to so much of the history and gave insight to what come in the later books. This is another must read for an Ender fan. And if you haven't read any of the others this is still a great read. You will more out of this book if you read the other two First
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Karen Wyle
I'm rounding up somewhat, partly because the points where the book lost its grip on me are almost certainly due to my deficiencies where technology is concerned, and won't be a problem for many fans of the Ender universe.

I'm always glad to see more back story from Orson Scott Card re Ender's family, the Formic Wars, et cetera. I particularly enjoy the exploits of resourceful characters, and the Formic Wars prequel series has quite a few of them. I'm not always up to following the many technical
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Daren
This series is Card's best work. In Ender Games his writing is sloppy and focus entirely too much time on naked boys. It's a distraction from the plot. But with the story of Victor Delgado he got it right.
Finbar
A good ending to the first of the Ender prequels. I like the characters and their development throughout this storyline. Card and Johnston did a good job flushing out the telling that was in the comic series and well worth the read.
Blaine Moore
I enjoyed the series a lot and felt this was a great way to wrap up this prequel trilogy.
Dwain
The final book of Card's trilogy is the best in my opinion. The story lines finally come together completely, and the action is nearly continuous without losing the compelling personal stories. My biggest complaint about this book, and the series, ended up being unfounded. I felt while reading the series that it wasn't shaping up to match how these events were described in "Ender's Game" and the "Ender's Shadow" series. I was a little slow to catch on and it wasn't until partially through the th ...more
Sylvia McIvers
The story opens with witty repartee between two friends, only it isn't very witty.

We meet an eight year old who can plan rings around the Chinese captain, and the Irish-American prisoner who explains to the captain how he can save face by ... not killing his prisoners. Because the Chinese captain made it to captain without ever thinking about politics, right?

Within the first half of a book we have the threat of a false rape accusation. Later we have a guy seduce his rich father's secretary so s
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Nicole
Card, Orson Scott & Johnston, Aaron. Earth Awakens. 2014. Tom Doherty Associates Book, NY. 395 pages. 9780765329066

3rd and final book in the First Formic War series, Earth Unaware bk1, Earth Afire bk2

Nearly one hundred years before the events of 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 spacefaring races. Everyone expect
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Owlcat Mountain
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“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 dist
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Becky
I enjoyed reading Earth Awakens the third in a new series by Orson Scott Card. At first, I had a hard time reconnecting to all the characters because it's been a year since the last book. There are many characters to keep up with after all. But by the time I was halfway through this one, I was hooked once more. I liked the characters. I didn't always like how they acted. But Card can write flawed characters that I actually like.

In this third book, all the characters are trying to fight the Form
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Bob Pitman
I liked the story and found it to be a satisfying conclusion to the First Formic War series. There are some aspects of the story I would have liked to have seen written about in more depth. The Formics actions and warfare in China is only really explored from the POV of the MOPs and Rackham. If they aren't viewing it then events are not really described. For example the Chinese manage to acquire a few Formic skimmers but there's no description of the events that lead there.
Similarly with the Pi
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Cori
I enjoyed this. But I feel guilty that I enjoyed it because I so disliked the first co-authored book (Invasive Procedures). But I think Aaron Johnson has learned better that we, the Ender's Game loyalists, like our stories to be less overtly politically judgemental and our heroes noble but human.
The main characters continue directly from the previous books. Honestly, they feel like 3 parts of the same book, but it's more marketable to be 3x400pgs instead of 1200 pages. Also, it gave Mr. Johnson
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Travis Applebaum


This book was entertaining and I enjoyed reading most of it. With that said there problems. I am going to look at this book through the lens of the characters. You follow the story from the perspective of multiple characters in third person: Mazer Rackham, Lem Juke, Victor Delgado, Rena Delgado, Imala Bootstamp, Bingwen.

The plot is the Formics (Bad Guys, Aliens) are killing millions of Chinese and the world is helpless to aid because their fleet is destroy and sundry political reasons. It is up
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Paul Lunger
The finale of Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston's "The First Formic War", "Earth Awakens" is another uneven entry that wraps up the tale of the First Formic War. The story itself continues the parallel story lines from "Earth Afire". From China to Luna & the belt, Card & Johnston explain the awakening & coalition of Earth in an attempt to defeat the Formics. Each piece of the story from the MOPs along the China/India border to the Juke family to the eventual realization that El C ...more
Patrick
It's again not as good as the first book, and about the same as the 2nd. This one is much more action resolvement of plot. I enjoyed most of the action both in China and in space with the mothership.

The characters wore on me a little bit. Card has fallen into a rut that ALL his characters are the same: brash, rude, arrogant, smart mouths. He also works in like 50 times how most people, whether military, political, corporate, regular village people...basically everyone--are bumbling, selfish obs
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Marline
Whenever I read Ender's Game, I was always curious about Mazer's character. He all knew he was a hero, he was smart enough that the military secretly kept him alive for so long to train another strategist who could be as brilliant as him. I always wondered if he was so brilliant that they kept him alive and he ran the simulations and all--why didn't they just use him to be the general instead of looking for someone like Ender? But that's a tangent.

Anyways, I really enjoyed the ending to this ser
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Justin
Great conclusion to a well done prequel series.
Xander
Basically, everything I have written regarding the first two books in the "First Formic War" series would apply here. I am easily hooked in this sci-fi universe with characters that flawed in little ways but grand a pure in the important ways. My biggest surprise was that this book seemed to set things up for further stories. I really expected this to be a tidy little self-contained (even as it clearly related to the Enderverse) trilogy, but "not so" screams the final pages of Awakens. I began t ...more
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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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The First Formic War (3 books)
  • Earth Unaware (The First Formic War, #1)
  • Earth Afire (The First Formic War, #2)
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1) Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2) Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1) Xenocide (The Ender Quintet, #3) Children of the Mind (The Ender Quintet, #4)

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