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Earth Afire: Book 2 of the First Formic War by [Card, Orson Scott, Johnston, Aaron]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in First Formic War (3 Book Series)

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"The story progresses nimbly, with plenty of tension and excitement and Card's usual well-developed characters."
--"Kirkus Reviews

""Card's gift for strong, memorable characters combined with screenwriter Johnston's flair for vivid scene-building results in a standout tale of SF adventure that gives Ender series fans fascinating backstory to the classic "Ender's Game". It should also please readers of military SF."
"--Library Journal, " starred review

""Card's gift for strong, memorable characters combined with screenwriter Johnston's flair for vivid scene-building results in a standout tale of SF adventure that gives Ender series fans fascinating backstory to the classic "Ender's Game." It should also please readers of military SF."

The story progresses nimbly, with plenty of tension and excitement and Card's usual well-developed characters. "Kirkus Reviews"

Card's gift for strong, memorable characters combined with screenwriter Johnston's flair for vivid scene-building results in a standout tale of SF adventure that gives Ender series fans fascinating backstory to the classic "Ender's Game." It should also please readers of military SF. "Library Journal, starred review""

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1651 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBFPQSS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bought the paperback earth unaware that I cam across while browsing in waterstones. Finished that and couldn't wait to read the next in the series to see what happened so downloaded it and earth afire does not disappoint !
The ending of this one however is a real cliffhanger and had to buy earth awakens - just download the series at the outset !
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The book is easy to read but the ending leaves one wanting for the final installment due out later this year
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By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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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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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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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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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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