Earth Unaware (First Formic War) Hardcover – 13 Aug 2012
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"Orson Scott Card made a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer."
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""Card has raised to a fine art the creation of suspense by means of ethical dilemmas."
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Praise for "Xenocide"
Orson Scott Card made a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer. "The Houston Post on Xenocide"
Card has raised to a fine art the creation of suspense by means of ethical dilemmas. "Chicago Sun-Times on Xenocide""
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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').Read more ›
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.Read more ›
It seems a very boyish book. you have astronauts, aliens, marines, prince (sry, the son of the biggest corp) , a tough hot chick, a sensible (probably hot) girl. What it doesn't have from previous books are: politics, evil genius and a not-that-complex grand plan.
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A superb series - and if you are an Ender fan - a must read.Published 3 months ago by MR PHILIP J WILSON
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.Published 12 months ago by Ethan Anderson
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. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jan Larsen
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