China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. This book suffers from all the same flaws as the others in the Ender-verse prequel series. This book wasn't bad, it was just - meh. I understand the best narrators use editing software to remove their breaths. It is true that sometime the explanations can make to story drag if you aren't interested it them but I am and they make the story that much more interesting. But the world being built is a completely different world from that of the novels it's supposed to be based on.Next
We see the construction of the battle room and Mazer's first trainees. The children are drawn from all nations, all races, all religions. Get rid of the above mentioned character that knows way too much about the Formic's capabilities. Fans of the First Formic War series will enjoy revisiting many of the same characters in this series but not much else. I have been anticipating the continuation of the prequels to Ender's Game since the last trilogy ended.
It was definitely written as the first book in a trilogy rather than a stand-alone in a trilogy. Desperate for survival, humanity is willing to win this war at all costs. And industrialist Lem Jukes tries to develop weapons capable of penetrating the indestructible hulls of the Formic ships. Some characters you just want to reach into the book and strangle to death, and this is one of them. In the other books, the governmental authorities have a level of omniscience and infallibility that is godlike.Next
His family overstayed their welcome in the previous trilogy to a ridiculous degree and I'm still annoyed by that. I don't think any of these are life changing, but for an Ender Universe fanboy they are definitely worth the time. If you liked the Ender's Game series, you'll equally enjoy this first prequel installment. There is much to be said for a build up to the next book, but this one was not really developing the characters much from the previous novel. There's plenty of the Card charm and intrigue but it's clearly written to be a trilogy and as a result there's not much of a climax and I have a feeling only hardcore fans will enjoy it. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays.
And I forget her name, but the new character, the Thai chemist, oh my god, I hate this character. I have read 14 of the 19 books. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books Lost Gate, Gate Thief , contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. We never see how she came to any of these world-changing realizations or discoveries, she just knows them all, because the plot says someone needs to tell Mazer Rackham about them for the final battle. This isn't a bad change, but it is a change.Next
When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. No need to read it as soon as possible. Some basic logic fails as well. The political and military maneuvering is for the most part laid out clearly. Orson Scott Card never fails to deliver.Next
There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster. As such, I figure I pick up something by Orson Scott and get into the universe. I appreciate the minor shift in emphasis, and I think it works well to take the shine off a coating applied to previous stories in this series. But there's very little continuity between what other books in the series have told us about the events this book depicts, and how this book tells the story of those events. In the epilogue Johnston explains that they decided that the main conflict in this book would be Mazer's first court-martial. Therefore there is no basis for any punishment, non-judicial or otherwise. However there are things that doe I like this book, and encourage all who liked the 3 former books on the Formic wars to read this as well, and by all means those who haven't read the former books.Next
Many times, it felt like the authors are stretching one book into two or three. The release of is scheduled for June 11, 2019. And what time they did spend dealing with Military Justice, I cringed every step of the way. Leaving me one Shadow's in Flight that I can read. Not recommended for newcomers to the series.Next
The only part of this book that I found even mildly entertaining was Mazer Rackham's storyline, and even he was somewhat bland and colorless in this book. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. Now I do love some great space pirate actions, but that was done badly. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. Although you can still see Card's influence in this book, it is clear there is a co-author. That is, they don't belong in the Ender-verse. It seems shallow, yet it's not distracting from the overall plot.Next