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Earth Alone

(Earthrise #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  4,040 ratings  ·  267 reviews
They came from deep space. They came to destroy us.

Fifty years ago, bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth. Most of humanity perished. We fell into darkness.

But now we rise from the ashes. Now we fight back.

Marco Emery was born into the war. After his mother is killed, he joins the Human Defense Force, Earth's ragtag army. Emery must survive basic training, become
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published June 17th 2016 by Moonclipse
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I found this to be a tiring read from beginning to end. I think it's one of those "it's just me" things though. I found the storyline and characters to be incredibly too juvenile for my preference. I am a fan of Young Adult dystopia/sci-fi etc. but this one just felt a little too YA for me personally. I did manage to finish it, and I'm glad it was offered as a kindleunlimited, but for me it was a draining and unsatisfying read.
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Earth Alone
Earthrise, Book 1
By: Daniel Arenson
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
This book is so awesome! The insect like aliens with high intelligence invaded Earth and killed over half of life. Now they invade and attack random areas. At age 18, people enlist or go to prison. This is a story about a group of friends going through boot camp. It is realistic, in many parts, and emotional. Action packed and what teens/young adults would feel and say. This author has his pulse on youth.
The narration is ter
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are a military veteran, I think you’ll be able to associate with this story very, very well. It’s really about a young man and some other young people, who are drafted into the Human Defense Forces (HDF). Notice I wrote, Human Defense Forces, not Earth Defense Forces or Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. These people are mandatorily drafted upon their 18th year to defend humanity against an evil threat from another galaxy. Fifty years ago, the Scolopendra Titanite, better known as Scum, at ...more
Michael Pang
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reminded me of (in a good way) Starship Troopers.
Scott Holstad
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Earth Alone had its moments, mostly toward the end, but it seems that many of the recent, new military sci fi novels I’ve been reading lately all seem to be written by authors who feel compelled to prove their military authenticity by being able to write the longest, most detailed, most stereotypical boot camp scenes of all time, and this book is at the top of the list of those types of these books. Essentially, this book is one big boot camp book with a little action thrown in over the last thi ...more
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
2.5 stars

Read this or listen to the podcast at Book Geeks Uncompromised.

Though the plots may be kinda similar, this is not Ender’s Game. Yeah there are aliens that came to earth and humans went to war with them and humans are now preparing for a huge showdown told in a story that focuses on the main character training for a military career (at least for a few years in the case of Earth Alone). Similarities pretty much end there.

Our main character Marco is a teenager that wants absolutely nothing
Brooklyn Ann
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying that I normally dislike both sci-fi and military stories. However, I LOVED this one!

It reminded me a lot of Full Metal Jacket, one of the few military films that I like. The sci fi twist made it even better.

I am a huge fan of character driven stories, and that is a big reason why Earth Alone grabbed me. The careful building of the characters made me more invested in them with every page.

Other bonuses include a diverse cast of various genders, world cultures, religi
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Military boot camp style book with some sci-fi notion, but more in young adult style. Characters are kids with their problems, a bit of action happens only near the end.
Earth is devastated with over half population killed decades ago and is still being invaded but somehow is also fighting aliens in their system with almost instant communication, yet neither side is willing to do a final blow.
Royce Sears
Nov 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I want to share some positive thoughts about this novel before I go on. I love the level of diversity the author brings to the table. We see a drafted Human Defense Force that is doing its damnedest to protect humanity, and they are drafted from all walks of life. We see folks of differing backgrounds and various nationalities who are working together to accomplish a mission. I love this idea and wish we could see more of it, both in fiction and reality. Now the hard part...

Okay, I'm going to b
Thankfully it was a fast read because if it was another hundred pages I don't know if I could have hung in there. This is a made for tv version of the first thirty minutes of Starship Troopers. Not Starship Troopers the book, but the movie. Seriously, the influence in this is obvious and blatant. It's like the writer saw the movie one afternoon on the television and thought, "Hey, I can write like that."

The book could be divided up like this -

10% before basic training
80% basic training
10% basi
Mick Bird
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting start

In this the first book of his series, Daniel introduced us to a young man who sees his mother attacked and killed. We follow him as he and his sister are drafted into the army to fight the alien forces. Their training is hard, but it will need to be, as we will see. The enemy attacks and they lose friends in the battle, but now they will look at taking the war to the enemy.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a rather epic series, but don’t be daunted. Arenson has a lovely free flowing style that is very easy to read (or listen to), making this a thoroughly enjoyable book to just immerse yourself in.
The story follows Marco Emery, at the start, he is a young child who is traumatised by the death of his mother right in front of him by an alien invasion of a species called the Scum.
50yrs ago, the Scum came to Earth and decimated the Earth, wiping out over 60% of the population, un
Alexia Purdy
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to what I know is going to be an addictive, action-packed and thrilling series. The storytelling is fluid, starting at the beginning where the main character Marco loses his mother. Everything revolves around the Alien "Scum" attacks and no one can live a life free of this constant threat. Plus, everyone must serve in the HDF once they're of age, a requirement that sends Marco into a bundle of nerves. The longing these characters feel for home is real. Each of his friends he m ...more
Ryan Mueller
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is a difficult one for me to rate. I'm a fan of Arenson's fantasy. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's fun to read.

This one started out really well with an exciting alien invasion scene. Then it jumped ahead a few years to when the main character joins the military. Based on the cover, I was expecting all kinds of space battles and alien-killing action. Instead, I got a story about boot camp. It took me a while to adjust to this change in the story. I never quite enjoyed the boot cam
Sean Bai
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I almost cried at the end of this book.

I bought this book in the three book collection. There was never anything boring. The characters were well fleshed out. There was no huge infodump at the beginning. This series is written like Ender's Game but is equally good, if not better. Words flow smoothly and there weren't any grammatical errors. When I got to the end there was a moment of redemption that almost made me cry. I won't spoil it for you.

My only beef with main character is that he likes to
Dennis Key
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it

This is an OK read and I'll read more of the series. A few things bother me a bit. The soldiers weapons, unlike every semi/full automatic firearm, does not lock open after firing the last round. Not only does the soldier have no idea when his or her magazine is empty or down to the last bullet but the safety concerns are off the chart. An accident looking for a place to happen. Also, "craft" is one of those words spelled the same whether singular or plural. One spacecraft, a fleet of spacecraf
Brittany Willows
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book as a gift from a friend, and I am so so happy I did.

Daniel has woven an intricate science fiction world with unique aliens and an excellent cast of characters who will grab you by the heart and refuse to let go. The best way I can think to describe his writing style is silky. It flows like water across the page -- flawless, crystal clear. I love it. And though I found the dialogue a bit silly at times, it didn't take away from my enjoyment. I was completely engross
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia
Do you want to read accounts of all the different ways giant space centipedes can kill people? Do you want to hear current pop culture references even though this book is set 100-200 years in the future? Do you want to hear about how the world is horrible but our teenage boy hero has confusing feelings for three different girls? And one girl is a lesbian but falls in love and sleeps with him anyway because he's special? Yeah, neither did I. Guess I don't have to hunt down the rest of the series.
Originally received for free by the author in exchange for an honest review, but I enjoyed it enough to purchase. It does have the feel of Starship Troopers, but much more focused on the characters as people, thoughts, personalities, etc. Easy to slip into the story, kind of a fun read, and held my attention while the story flew. Well done, and I cannot wait to see the next book and where the author is going to go with the story line!
Feb 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Thin characters and a weak plot

I wanted to like this book, but it's hard. The characters were paper thin, and the author felt the need to tell their backstory every time they came on the page. Not to mention that the plot was almost scene-for-scene a retelling of Starship Troopers. This was one I couldn't get behind. I prefer something with more originality. I won't be continuing the series.
J. Slater
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult to write a military boot camp story. Between the instructors, fellow trainees and the overall reason for the draft, the emotions, interactions, and motivations are exponential. Mr. Arenson does a great job telling the story of one person's experience. Plus, it has an exciting ending. Never a bad thing in this type of novel.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I DNF'd this at 58%. The juvenille characters and lack of depth to the story just drove me bonkers.

This story has what I call "pseudo-harem" . Pseudo-harem is when a male character (generally the main) creates non-platonic relationships with several females (3+) with the story building that this male could end up dating/marrying any of these females. This became very apparent when every female character who was given attention to became one where the main character, Mason, would feel affection
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The entire book is about Marco (who would rather be a librarian and a writer), Addy (his adopted sister), the new people they meet, and how they all (or most) survive basic training. From latrine cleaning to weapons training it’s all there. 60% of the world’s population is gone thanks to giant centipede-like aliens, and it’s crucial that the military turn out tough troops ready for what’s ahead.

I wouldn’t say the characters are the most three-dimensional I’ve ever seen, but they do have depth to
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I normally don't read much science fiction, but the cover for Earth Alone drew my attention immediately so I picked up the Kindle version when it was released. The book is a quick and enjoyable read that introduces the reader to a small cast of characters just beginning their galaxy-wide struggles against an alien foe. Daniel's descriptions of boot camp and combat, and the camaraderie developed by those who have shared that experience really came across the page for me. I am looking forward the ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Started off a little bumpy, but as story progressed and characters developed it became a pleasant journey. Very much a tip of the hat to war school type sci fi that has come before, but I enjoyed it and will certainly read the sequel.
Gary E O'Hara
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story

I really enjoyed the characters and the story in this novel. The only complaint I have is that the story is continued in the next book otherwise it would be 5 stars. Very interesting and different story.
Devon Smith
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait for the next book to come out. This book is sad and exciting all at the same time and it will suck you in from the first chapter.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018, own
Eh. What is this cliché-laden mess? The worldbuilding, what little there is of it, makes no sense, the characters are walking, talking stereotypes with little to no depth, and about 80% of the book consists of a bunch of teenage morons in bootcamp with loads of bullying, sexism, trash-talk, characters having random "woe is me, hear my tragic backstory" moments, and absolutely nothing of interest happening. Oh, and the roooomance. Because apparently the protagonist is such a stud that half the fe ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, military, s-f, 2017
( Format : audiobook )
"Welcome to the HDF ... the Human Defense League."
Set some city hard after a failed alien invasion which still managed to destroy more than half of the human population, Earth continues to battle on. All 18 year olds are drafted into the Human Defence League, put through a rigourous, if short, training session, then spat out to continue the battle against the insectoid-like Scum. The story basically follows the initiation of Marco, nicknamed Poet, a young man who only wishe
Bill Scheidegger
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great look at how basic training is a mix of folks from all different walks of life. This one has some interesting quirks as it brings in international aspects as well. However, basic military training is what it is.
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Daniel Arenson is a bookworm, proud geek, and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. His novels have sold over a million copies. The Huffington Post has called his writing "full of soul." He's written over forty novels, most of them in five series:

EARTHRISE — They came from deep space. They came to destroy us. Against the alien onslaught, Earth stands alone. But we will figh

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