Earth Afire

The First Formic War

Card, Orson Scott

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Earth Afire
Traces the events of the First Formic War a century before the events of Ender's Game, following the unsuccessful attempt of Victor Delgado to warn skeptical Earth governments of an imminent alien invasion and the efforts of Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police to meet unprecedented threats.

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765329059
Characteristics: 399 pages ;,25 cm.


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Mar 02, 2015

after"earth unaware"

Jul 27, 2014
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Second in BEFORE EARH AWAKENS, backgrournd to Ender's Game. Plot still moves at a great pace with interesting war technology and soldier psychology. The book ends on a cliff hanger, but we know they win, we just wonder if the capitalists and the solipsistic nations will get their come-uppance for their delay in combining forces against the formic invasion.

Feb 06, 2014
  • smithcdn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Okay, so this is Book #2. It follows #1 "Earth Unaware" very well and if you happen to read it first (which you shouldn't) you still get some background about how this series started. This book continues with descriptions of Formics, their weapons and their technology, and carries the story forward. I'm only sorry that Book #3 "Earth Awakens" is still not in and there are 2 holds for the 2 books the Library system is buying. Sigh, so I guess I wait. I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did.

Aug 30, 2013

The book Ender's game left many questions unanswered like how did the humans defeat the Formics during the first invasion? Or what was the destruction of China? All of these and many more are answered in this very intense novel that I just couldn't put down. The characters range from the one who tries to warn earth to the ones who are trying to protect it to the ones who wish to ignore it. Anyone who loved Ender's game will love this.

Aug 03, 2013
  • AlanReynolds rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Read 'Earth Unaware' first as lots of character development is accomplished in that volume which definitely helps you keep track of the numerous characters, how they wound up where they did, how they know what they know about the enemy and of course their motivations.
That being said, I anxiously await the next installment. I have not read Sci-Fi in decades and I am loving this series! If you like true sci-fi (not fantasy, dragons, etc) this is the series to read!

Jul 24, 2013
  • 3dblus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good SF. Suggest "Earth Unaware" be read first, but you really don't need to to enjoy this one.


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Dec 30, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you can't be absolute in your commitment, you shouldn't make it.

Dec 30, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

But virtue does not make a man right every time.

Dec 30, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Why does everyone seem to believe that inaction is the best course of action.

Dec 30, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When adults became defiant in public, no amount of evidence, however irrefutable, would make them change their minds.


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