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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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Published June 10th 2014 by Macmillan Audio
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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…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  ·  review of another edition
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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Jack Bradbury
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Laura
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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MORE MAZER RACKHAM! MORE MAZER RACKHAM!

I would like more of a focus on Mazer Rackham ;)
Jim Kahn
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mike
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, library
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.
Chris Chiarino
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
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
Kasia
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even more in love with Lem
Jarrett Piner
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Heather
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:

Positives:
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.

Negatives:
Junk science. This was startling in part because Scott Card made such a fuss over this at Writer's Boot Camp a handful
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Jordan B.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Wendy
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mona
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
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Dusty Anderson
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Louisiana36
this one was good all good characters. enjoyed listening to the trilogy
Fredrick Danysh
This is the third book of the Formac series that precedes theEnder series. Earth is still under attack by the bugs as various groups try to find ways to defeat them. There are four stories within the story, each with its own cast which reduces the effectiveness of the overall story.
Eric Allen
Earth Awakens
The First Formic War book 3
By Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnson

A review by Eric Allen

I already ranted quite a bit in my review of the previous book about my thoughts on Orson Scott Card's bigotry, so I'll spare you all this time around. Just know that I am very, very disappointed in him, and I am still boycotting his books. I did not pay for this book, it was an ARC that was provided by my publisher. I typically buy my own copies of books that I receive ARCs of to support the autho
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Oliver
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earth Awakens is a Sci-Fi thriller set in the future when a threat to Earth is presented in the form of an alien species called the Formics. They are first spotted by an asteroid mining clan. However, the alien craft is spotted too late, and in order to warn Earth, a miner named Victor must travel under harsh conditions, alone, in order to reach Earth in time. In this edition, the battle forged between the two sides ends when humans destroy the formic ship deemed, “the mothership” with the help ...more
Buck Ward
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
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Dana Salinger
This book felt like a total money grab. I really don't think that the telling of the first formic war warranted 3 books. I think he could have done it in two and told a much tighter story (and don't even get me started on how it's ghost written). I have such immense love for the Ender series and the Shadow series that anything written in this universe is a must read for me. However, this really didn't live up to those two other series. And OMG I can't believe there's going to be another triology ...more
Cody
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first have to admit that I don't read books to think about themes and hidden meanings and social commentary. I read to experience good stories. While reading After Earth I thought about this book 80% of the time, then 10% on other prequel and 10% on the effects on the rest of Ender's Game.

This is a great story and it wraps up this prequel trilogy nicely. So often as a kid I read books and wished I knew all the back story and rest of the story. Card has treated us readers extremely well in thi
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Jake Cohen
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Xander Kennedy
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Wyle
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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George
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
The third book in the prequel series to the original "Enders Game." I find myself continuing to read and finish this series in spite of the fact that this trilogy is mediocre. I was expecting to learn why Mazer Rackham was chosen in Ender's Game. I find that in this series, he's only one of the many players who contribute to the mission/story. Further, all the action is in the last 1.5 hours of the final book of the trilogy: all the rest is was-was and contributed only in the development of char ...more
Ryan Augustine
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Melissa
This book was probably my least favorite of the triology. The story lines felt a little more contrived and some of them didn't seem to have a point at all. After all the horrors in books one and two it just seemed like the characters (view spoiler) ...more
Amanda
I actually really enjoyed the first two of these books. But this one rolled around to the climax...and, wait, what? Where's the logic? There's no logic to this. Nobody's asking the dumb-ass "but isn't this putting all our eggs in one really flimsy effing basket?" questions. And I got partway through and just noped the eff out because...just no. Nope. Very disappointing, very disappointed, and somebody needs a better editor who is willing to ask harder questions. Not impressed.
Ethan I. Solomon
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book is barely worth the time it will take to review it. Orson Scott Card's previous magic is nowhere to be found anywhere in this book or the entirety of the trilogy for that matter. The characters make little to no progression and the story is never fleshed out to the degree necessary to create a living world within a book. I would not recommend this book to anyone but the most ardent of Card's Enderverse series.
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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)

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