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Earth Awakens

(The First Formic War #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  11,783 ratings  ·  733 reviews
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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Tor Books
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Deb Carroll They don't go into a lot of detail about Earth society other than the Chinese, who if you recall from Ender's backstory were the primary victims of th…moreThey don't go into a lot of detail about Earth society other than the Chinese, who if you recall from Ender's backstory were the primary victims of the Formic efforts at terraforming the planet. This is not to say they don't talk about Earth - the story of the events in China and the reactions of the various governments and citizens and military is very intense and detailed.

The moon is more of a colony of Earth - but you can only migrate if you have a job there, and if you lose that job you can be kicked off back to Earth. The primary industry there appears to be R&D and processing the ore sent back to Luna from the mining vessels in the asteroid belts. Luna is still dependent on Earth for food and many other supplies, which it in turn supplies to the stations farther out who supply the mining vessels. Opportunities on Luna are highly sought after by many people on Earth.

I was pleasantly surprised at how the story drew me in and kept me involved. I was sorry to reach the end of the 3rd book, but - and maybe it's just wishful thinking - it seemed like there might be the seeds of a series between the Formic Wars trilogy and Ender's Game. (Hint, hint, Orson and Aaron!) Although they resolved the immediate storyline, I'd like to know more about what happened to the main characters who survived.

I don't think there are any spoilers here, considering Ender's Game is the ultimate spoiler.(less)

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Thomas Edmund
Jun 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Reader Reborn
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it

I would like more of a focus on Mazer Rackham ;)
Jim Kahn
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mandy Bellm
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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!
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, scifi
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. ...more
Eric Allen
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Earth Awakens
The First Formic War book 3
By Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnson

A review by Eric Allen

The previous book ended with Victor on his way into the Formic mothership, and Mops having destroyed one of the Formic landers in China. We pick back up almost immediately afterward, which Victor's infiltration. When it goes horribly awry, he returns to the moon with a new plan, which he recruits Mazer Rakham and Mops to help him with. They must sabotage the Formic Mothership from within before the
Christopher Chiarino
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!! ...more
John Sorensen
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even more in love with Lem
Jordan B.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible-drivel
I understand that this book has gotten horrible reviews. I usually try to give the author the benefit of the doubt, but Orson Scott Card wrote a horrible book this time. Listen, I loved Ender's Game, and even loved Earth Afire, but this book was a fail.

Where do I start? Card left a lot of loose ends untied. I'm going to start rambling (I'll try to keep it short):

#1. When Victor was leaving the ship for the first time, he adjusted and launched himself toward the return ship. Card says it took one
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, ebooks, 2014-reads
This book is what I was afraid of when I saw Aaron Johnston's name on the cover for this series. I had tried to read a collaboration of Card and Johnston before and it was terrible. While I was happily surprised with the first novel in this trilogy, each book has gotten worse. Perhaps because Card's involvement has decreased along the way? I don't know. But it's highly unusual for me to put down a book halfway in, especially if it's part of a series, and I did just that with this one for several ...more
Jarrett Piner
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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...
This will be my review for the entire trilogy:

Plenty of other reviewers have covered in minute detail the points I am going to make, but let me have my turn:

Interesting Characters. Good start to the back story. (Sort of. This was not the back story you were looking for. Minor spoiler alert... this is just the beginning of the back story.) Okay... that was it.

Junk science. This was startling in part because Scott Card made such a fuss over this at Writer's Boot Camp a handful
This is the third in the First Formic War trilogy. It's really the third installment in a very long three part novel. It's fast moving, exiting, a fun entertaining read; not great literature, but it is well written. I read the first book, Earth Unaware, quite some time ago and a lot of the details had faded. I read the second, Earth Afire, immediately before reading Earth Awakens - that's the right way to do it.

This trilogy is a prequel to Ender's Game. Mazur Rackham, an important character in E
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I realized something about Card's writing fairly early on in this book - everyone's a genius. Everyone's a Mary Sue, able to do exactly what needs to be done, and conflict is almost invariable resolved through reasonable conversation. It's weird for that to occur in the middle of a war. But then the war isn't really the focus of this book - instead it is finishing the stories of the characters from the previous novels, who are of course indispensable in concluding the conflict, but don't really ...more
Dusty Anderson
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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... ...more
this one was good all good characters. enjoyed listening to the trilogy
Christopher Blosser
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A satisfying ending to a good trilogy. How much of this was Orson Scott Card and how much was co-written by Aaron Johnston I can only speculate, but it did live up to my own expectations. I found the character development was satisfying, even in the case of Lem and his father Uko, who had their motivations for acting and their motivation for decisions fleshed out and given some justification, when it would have been all-too-easy for another author to simply cast them in the role of "evil corpora ...more
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I have been on such a Sci-Fi kick after watching the movie Passengers with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. I wanted more about people in space, spaceships, and terraforming planets. This series was so much YES! Despite the fact that the planet being terraformed in this instance was our own, by an alien species, I was riveted right through it all. I love getting Mazer's backstory here and in the second book. He was only mentioned briefly in the first book.

I love how these books connect so many
B.J. Richardson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an adequate conclusion to the First Formic War series that provides more background for the famous and excellent Ender's Game. It continues on with the stories of all the heroes that are now familiar to anyone having read the first two books. I do like how a lot more of the action moved away from earth and back to space. I also like the continued character development of Lem Jukes.

That said, I do believe the transition from "we're all gonna die" to "lets go kick some alien butt" was far
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Rani Divine
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most of Card's books (in the Ender series, anyway; I haven't read the others), once I got in, I couldn't put it down. The whole First Formic War series was exactly what I wanted, exactly the story I wanted told from the beginning. Mazer and Bingwen were decidedly my favorite characters throughout, but I think that's to be expected. I would like to meet Bingwen. I think he's a real person. And he'd be SO much fun to hang out with.

Dinged one star, for the simple fact that whenever Victor and
Sara Cobb
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The First Wave.

Buckle up and enjoy the exciting culmination of the afforded efforts of mankind to save the human race from the Formic invasion while leaving you bracing for the next wave in the Second Formic War series.
In this action packed conclusion to the First Formic War trilogy we get to experience the formation of the international fleet and the hegemony that will continue to color the human race as it is known when Ender enters
the scene a hundred years later. This alone is reason enoug
Paul Baker
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A pretty good ending to the trilogy and a good set-up for the continuation of the story. As I read the third novel in this trilogy, I found writing problems that were present all along, but I just didn't notice them because I was caught up in the story. Now, there are many things that I am questioning and I am no longer quite so certain this is a great trilogy. Just fun. ...more
Mar 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Card has a way of drawing you into the story and characters.
Can’t wait to read the next set…
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this trilogy!! I listened to the audiobook and loved the full cast reading! I haven't read Ender's Game yet so this was the perfect intro to the Enderverse! Definitely recommend! ...more
Noah Goats
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve enjoyed this series, but I’m also glad to be done with it. This book felt a little bloated. I would have preferred something leaner and more tightly plotted.
Chris Haak
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent conclusion to the first formic war. I hope they write more of these!
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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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