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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; 1 Una edition (17 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427221545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427221544
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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A standout tale of sf adventure that gives Ender series fans fascinating backstory to the classic Ender's Game (LIBRARY JOURNAL)

The story progresses nimbly, with plenty of tension and excitement and Card's usual well-developed characters (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

Literate prose and superlative characterisation . . . excellent (BOOKLIST) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The start of a brand new space adventure series set in the world of ENDER'S GAME - a classic science fiction novel due to be released as a major motion picture in 2013 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 4 July 2013
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I'm only halfway through but felt prompted to write this anyway. As another reviewer has alluded to, Earth Unaware decidedly lacks the concise prose and elegant style of Ender's Game, leading me to think that Orson Scott Card actually wrote almost nothing of this prequel. Whereas Ender's Game is driven forward by the interactions between the main characters, Earth Unaware contains large chunks of detailed and repetitive exposition, as if the reader is assumed to have no more than a 10 minute attention span and must be continually reminded of key facts and plot points. Think what Kevin J Anderson did with the prequels to Frank Herbert's Dune and you get the picture.

Characters behave inconsistently: in one scene, the protagonist argues his family should be willing to sacrifice themselves to protect the human race, yet not long after, he changes completely and is willing to sacrifice everything for a single person. The explanation of why this particular person is in a position to need saving at all also seems very laboured, lasting the best part of an entire chapter when a single paragraph would have sufficed. Sadly I can't help but be left with the impression that things happen when they do because the plot needs them to happen in order to progress, not because it makes logical sense, and talking of plot, it goes at a fairly turgid pace with little in the way of real tension or excitement. I am beginning to suspect this is another of those "take the material for one book and pad it out into a trilogy" efforts.

Equally there are numerous schoolboy physics errors. Note to author: rocks and small asteroids are not held together by gravity, but by electromagnetic forces (i.e. the fact that they are 'solids').
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 13 May 2013
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I find it hard to believe that Card had anything to do with this book, other than to take his cut of the royalties. It is poorly written and riddled with errors. It confuses speed and acceleration throughout, keeps talking about spacecraft coming to a dead stop, ships can't dock or undock because they are going too fast and a trip from the Kuiper belt to the Moon takes just a few months when the speed or velocity or whatnot mentioned in passing would seem to indicate something of the order of five to ten years depending on the trajectory. Lastly the Formics apparently have facial expressions that are easily interpreted by humans as soon as they encounter them! Amazing! Description and characterisation are also clichéd.

If you liked Ender's Game or Speaker for the Dead et al then avoid this rubbish like the plague. I've read it and I can't un-read it, but I wish I could.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2014
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This book does start slowly and really only picks up momentum after nearly 200 pages - but this is to be expected at the start of a multi-book series, where the characters and situations are being established. As a big fan of Orson Scott Card's Science Fiction I was very glad that he was venturing back into Ender's universe and although not up with the best, this is in no way a disappointment and can be enjoyed by those who haven't read any of his work and maybe have just seen the recent film, with no problems.

I thought this first book shows exactly how human civilisation could easily misinterpet the actions of any alien species and you get the sense of the inevitability of hostilty and war. The characters that we meet are often people we would like and trust - the community of the El Calvador is warm and very familiar. But they are no better at dealing with the arrival of an alien species, than the manipulative and calculating "corporates", who are set up as the "bad guys".

In the end though, the friendly Italian and Hispanic communities may be just as much to blame for starting hostilities and the inevitable slide into war - they are just as much at fault in the way they interact with the Formics. Their intial reaction is disgust and fear, rather than any attempt at communication and understanding. But as readers, we can all too well understand why they behave as they do and the emotions that govern their responses to something totally alien and apparently unresponsive.

This is a story of big ideas - how we can possibly engage with another species - but as usual with Card, he makes it very personal and small-scale - dealing with family matters to which we can all relate.
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I liked the story and I would probably read any prequel/sequel to Enders Game even though this lacks the refined plot of the shadow saga. What ruined it for me was the technical stuff. OSCs strong suit has never been technology or the science part of SF but doesn't he have a staff that reads through books published in his name? A staff including just one person with knowledge of space science or physics at 10ht grade level? Appearently not. Sad.
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By Ethan Anderson on 12 July 2015
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Really good read and a great prequel to enders game, if you like sc-fi novels this is definitely a great one to pick up.
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By Jeannie151 on 6 July 2015
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Great book, and in great condition. :)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 28 April 2013
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I have read all of Orson Scott Card and I am currently working my way through the graphic novels. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if I were to get bored with the Ender thread, but apparently not. This novel held me spellbound as usual. In particular, because this is a back story, I can enjoy the foreknowledge of what will happen next, and Card's skill as a writer meant that this knowledge enhanced my reading. I would highly recommend this to someone who is familiar with the series. If not, then the book will be a good read, but I would suggest going back to Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and read through the novels from there. You will most certainly not be disappointed.
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