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“Not very interesting prologue to Ender's Game. Simplistic characters, slow plot, uninteresting aliens.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Fun to see how it all began.”Amy F wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“*Book source ~ Local library
Earth’s denizens have been moving off Earth and onto mining ships to mine metals and minerals from asteroids out past Pluto. The mining ship El Cavador has spotted something on their ‘eye’ or telescope that is approaching Earth’s system and fast. It could be a comet or some such thing, but since when does a comet slow as it approaches a system? That’s the worrying thing. However, when a corporate ship captained by Lem Jukes bumps them from their claim on an asteroid El Cavador forgets about the incoming object in their attempt to survive the damage to their ship. The destruction and death that is about to happen rests squarely on the corporate ship. If they hadn’t been greedy and bumped El Cavador then they would have had much more warning about the danger bearing down on them.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Captain Wit O’Toole is recruiting for the multinational MOPs (Mobile Operations Police), taking only the best of the best. Their motto is “Train for any contingency.” After seeing some really good faked alien invasion footage on the internet, Wit decides that an alien invasion falls under ‘any contingency’, so he gets his men training. Let the First Formic War begin.
Guest reviewers today:
My 16-yr-old daughter A
My 14-yr-old son T
My 13-yr-old son K
This is the first time we’ve listened to an audio with more than one narrator and it’s a hit. Everyone loves the narration of this audiobook, but they especially love the narrator who does Wit’s voice (though he also does a few others).
Everyone also agrees that the beginning was slow and boring. They didn’t like all the whining Victor did about Alejandra having to go to another ship because they seemed to be getting a little to close for being cousins. However, once Lem bumps El Cavador the action picks up until the end.
Also in agreement is their opinion that Wit is an awesome character with mad skillz and that he was pretty smart and not crazy for training his men to fight an alien invasion. They can’t wait to see the MOPs kick some alien ass in the next book.
They believe Victor was pretty brave to take a quickship to Luna base. A & T said they aren’t ever leaving Earth (me either for that matter), but K said he’d go to outer space in a heartbeat. Well, he does love astronomy, so I shouldn’t be surprised. The 7 month trip in the quickship lead to the discussion of bone loss and zero gravity vs bone density and gravity. I hope I explained it right. We were in the car and I had no Google to consult. lol
All-in-all a great sci-fi book. The kids are looking forward to listening to Book 2, Earth Afire.
“This is going to be one of his better books. I really liked Ender & some of the books in that series. I liked the memory series real well too. ”Mikie wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good I'll read the next one.”Kristin W wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first encounter with the Formics. With Orson Scott Card outer space is empty en cold. Screams you can only hear when the radio is on and once you lost contact with your airship you continue your journey through the emptiness forever. ”Arnoud Visser wrote this review Tuesday, August 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not very interesting prologue to Ender's Game. Simplistic characters, slow plot, uninteresting aliens. ”Aneil M wrote this review Monday, August 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A prequel in the Ender's Game universe covering the contact and first Formic Wars. A neat idea, and the *idea* of the plot is great, but the execution makes everything drag. That said, I did enjoy it, but it could have been so much more. Im curious to see how the following books do things.”Ian Adams wrote this review Friday, July 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Intriguing characters, interesting world building - even knowing where tech is going to end up from the many stories that follow in the in-universe chronology. Card & Johnston still manage to pull together elements that leave questions to be answered and many unknowns to fill in. Having read all of the other books and stories set in the Enderverse I could see many of the seeds being planted. I would love to find to find out how much Card wrote, and how much Johnston did, and what their process is. The dialogues and relationships definitely feels like Card's. (I've read the graphic novel, and just like the graphic novel of Ender's Game I would not recommend it - it is too abridged and you don't get anything additional from the graphic format to balance it out.)”Story Cottage wrote this review Thursday, July 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting prequel. Looking forward to the rest.”Kathy DeHoogh wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book will probably set up a bunch of other books describing how the Formics came to attack Earth and set up the history behind the novels in the "Ender's Game" series. However, I found this book to be a bit shallow, and, at times, perhaps a bit childish.
The story mainly revolves around Victor, a free miner in outer space who knows that he wants a whole lot more. Of course, he's smarter, more innovative, and more emotional than the rest of his ship, and he's looked up to even by some of the adults. When the Formics are discovered, and realization hits the miners that they're probably hostile towards humans, the miners dispatch Victor alone to warn Earth of their arrival.
The book ends when Earth finally believes Victor that there actually is an alien ship coming towards them (probably when it's nearly too late) and leaves much room for sequels to be written. Disappointing, because I was hoping for a stand-alone novel that is linked into the Enderverse.”