- The First Formic War, Book 3
- Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Vikas Adam, Roxanne Hernandez, Emily Rankin
- Series: The First Formic War, Book 3, The Enderverse, Book 3
- Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-10-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
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When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship pulled into Earth orbit, and began landing terra-forming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.
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By Chuck on 06-23-14
Sets the Stage for Ender's Game
What did you love best about Earth Awakens?
Powerful ending, gets you charged for the Second Formic War! Keep in mind, there is still one more war before Ender - but the story concludes with a believable resolution and connects some of the dots between a pre-Formic era and that of Battle School.
What did you like best about this story?
Seeing Mazer develop and witness his initial recognition of the unique value that (gifted) kids can provide. Some of the tenets of Battle School gain their origin in this book.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the band was finally all together. After two novels of parallel story lines I was eager for them to be in the same room planning for an attack. All history of "only being a free miner" or a "corporate snake" is at last left behind with all focus on a high risk mission.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Lem's holo to Victor; after all they had been through together and against each other - admitting that he truly appreciates and respects him.
Any additional comments?
Love the conclusion to this story arc. Being former military, and having directly worked with several other countries militaries, the bureaucracy is totally believable. I know the science is probably a bit much for academics to accept but if you have read the other 15-ish books in this series you should be beyond that. There are two reasons that this story did not get 5 stars: 1. There's only so many times that I can hear "I can't let you risk your life" and actually believe it. The characters are always in dire situations and I'd think by the time it's do-or-all-humans-die it's total war time and everyone is all-in, just accept the help and MOVE!2. I have been to China and know how prideful and protective a society/government they are, but the thought that they would STILL not ask for help after millions of their civilians are butchered by aliens is a stretch. If nothing else at least the Russians and maybe the North Koreans would be welcomed.
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By Paul on 06-21-15
Cards first failure
Once you get past all the inconsistencies that are being retconned in, you are left with a predictable overdramatic melodrama that drags more than it moves. There are character death scenes that are so drawn out as to cause the listener or reader to pull a kavorkian and help put the damn character down. This final installment of the first formic war is not only the weakest end perverse book to date, but the weakest book Card has ever been a part of. its not the worst I've ever read or listened to, but damn it might make bottom 10.
the audio performers if they are going to try accents should try to at least keep them consistent, but that is just one piece of what made for a sloppy audio performance. this was just plain bad.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful