The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. It's massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed o
Written as a prequel to the well-loved Ender's Game, Johnston's Earth Unaware tries to fill in some of the holes and unexplored history of the "Enderverse" and the first Formic War that led to Battle School, and Ender's adventures in vanquishing the "hormigas"/Formics. When this book works the most, it succeeds predominately on misplaced nostalgia for the earlier-published-but-later-in-the-chronology novels like Ender's Game, Xenophobe, Children of the ...more
Like Michael Flynn's "Wreck of the River of Stars", there is no question how the Formica wars turn out: very, very badly for the humans. We know that from the basic premise of the universe. So knowing the doom that is coming could lend a funereal tone to the work, but in Card and Johnston's hands it does not. The char ...more
The first chapters of Earth Unawa ...more
I was skeptical about the Shadow books, but they were fine. So I was willing to give this one a shot.
It is *t ...more
For those interested, the physics blunders mostly focused on a misunderstanding of relative velocity and what's speed means in space. They make a big deal out of a high speed docking maneuver in space, but that is absurd. As long as the 2 ships match each ...more
None of the characters were that great and many of them f ...more
Earth Unaware is more of a series of short stories that are loosely tied ...more
Here is an example: In the first chapters of the book, the need for one of the characters to give an update to the board, drove all of the action - to speed up tests. Then that same character, who had to do a bunch of things for the updates to ...more
I know, I know. It's been proven time after time. When a book series gets to the point where [Original Author] p ...more
If you'll remember, I accidentally read book 2 of this series first. Since Card often starts strong but goes downhill in subsequent books, I was excited to read book 1...book 2 was excellent. Apparently Johnston has the opposite problem as Card. Thanks to Earth Unaware, I started disliking characters. This ...more
As the first in a planned trilogy, I am a little upset that I can't yet read the sequels which have yet to come out, but this is actually a very good sign when it comes to how good a novel is. I'm extremely pumped by the story, even though (since it's a prequel) I technically know what's going to happen.
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Vico is young, but a master mechanic. He and his family have a small ship, El Cavador, and they mine asteroids out in the Kuiper Belt. They are the first to discover an anomalous ship heading their way. Lem Jukes, heir to Jukes Unlimited, a rut ...more
In Earth Unaware, the authors have gone back to recapture the very begi ...more
Honestly, I liked Earth Unaware. It was full of intriguing plot-lines and characters, intense action sequences, and extremely interesting business models (space mining). Sure, it was a little far-fetched with ultra-intelligent teenagers inventing remarkably useful ...more
Earth Unaware follows a large and scattered group of characters through the initial discovery of the "hormigos", or Formics, when they first invade our galaxy. It's not the easiest book t ...more
Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johsnston
This book is a back story for Ender’s Game. If you have not read the Ender series, do so, you will not regret it. Victor is a mechanically talented young man in a mining clan thrust into the role of interstellar hero.
Card has the ability to create characters with utter realism. You may even think you have met some of his characters. Stretching the comparison, I was a small independent computer dealer in competition with corporate entities l ...more
This 1st prequel is a disappointment. My take is that it was only written to line the pockets of the authors and publishers, esp with it and its sequels coming out with the EG movie. Even this 1st book ends without being a standalone. I suspect the prequels are a single book split into 3 just to make more money.
Though billed as the work of Orson Scott Card, the book is in fact a collaboration with Aaron Johnston, and the writing is consequently spotty. There are passages that sound like Card, with his characteristic tense dialogue and sense of character, ...more
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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 ...more