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Orson Scott Card , Aaron Johnston , Stephen Hoye
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4 Jun 2013 First Formic War (Book 2)

THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY HANGS IN THE BALANCE

One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.

Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince sceptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat . . .

Following Earth Unaware comes this thrilling second novel in the Formic War series

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (4 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142723096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427230966
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 14.4 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The second novel in a new space adventure 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.

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the science fiction classic novel ENDER'S GAME, the Ender saga, the Alvin Maker series and the Homecoming series.

AARON JOHNSTON is a New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, and associate producer on the ENDER'S GAME movie.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ender's Series has a couple of new stars 8 Nov 2013
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Orson Scott Card continues the Ender's prequels creating two new star characters along the way. Yes, they both appears in the first installment in this new series but here they really come to life leaving you wanting more.

Mazer Rackham and Victor are both fully fledged and the ending here is as abrupt as it's logical.

A real cliff-hanger. Now all I need is the publishing date of the sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The inevitable, all-out War. 19 April 2014
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Like the latter half of the first instalment of the new series, this second book races past and the action doesn't let up until the end. While the first book was about how easy it would be to mistake the intentions of any approaching alien race - in this second part we are in no doubt that the formics are hostile and deadly to the human race.

The series has made the most of the new characters and we find out how they all play a part and they are fleshed out well in this continuation. Probably not the best place to start, but it is now all about the way we as a a species or society, deal with the threat. It's clear that most institutions would be paralised and useless - weighed down with bureacracy and red tape, to prevent any resistence. It's only those working outside of any constraints that can actually mobilise to do anything.

Of course, as the plot moves on, we realise that we are with the only groups of people who can make a difference and this is in no way a big spoiler, as it's pretty clear from the start that these are no ordinary people and some, like Mazer Rackham, have their stories pre-determined from events in the "Ender's Game" series. This is a very enjoyable series and while this one may have less philsophical depth, it moves us into the world of all-out war, where this is no room for doubt of hesitation - it's them or us - and no room for communication or scientific method.

In a way this is quite a sad outcome - but the writers are quite convincing in their portayal of the inevitability of the idea that any contact with an alien species, will be about a battle for resources and that we will be at war, rather than sitting down to talk and swap ideas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fills in more gaps in the Ender story. 18 April 2014
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Although written with hindsight the story continues to provide background for the Ender series. Although it's a good story in its own right it helps if you are familiar with the characters of the previous book(s) in this new series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story continues 1 April 2014
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Picks up straight after Book 1, all 1 book really; would be 5 starts but this book doesn't really have an ending either. If you like any of the Ender stories, Shadow saga etc. you should read these too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping SF...can't wait for next one. 19 Mar 2014
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Prequel stories to the Ender's Game and Shadow series. Page turner that is written with the expectation of a film screenplay being extracted with little effort. It is definitely worth reading if you enjoyed Enders Game series, but read Book 1 (Earth Unaware), first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the high standard I have come to expect from OSC 17 Mar 2014
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Very enjoyable book in the pre Ender period. Interesting to see Mazer Rackham's back story unfolding. Looking forward to see all the loose ends tied together in the final part of the trilogy
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