Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card
(Formic Wars)


8 Critic Reviews

Fans won’t find anything to actively dislike... but there’s little to love.
-Publishers Weekly


A hundred years before Ender's Game, humans thought they were alone in the galaxy. Humanity was slowly making their way out from Earth to the planets and asteroids of the Solar System, exploring and mining and founding colonies.

The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. It's massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

But the ship has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big. There are claim-jumping corporates bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.

They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. This is humanity's first contact with an alien race. The First Formic War is about to begin.
Earth Unaware is the first novel in The First Formic War series by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.

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About Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card is the author of numerous bestselling novels and the first writer to receive both the Hugo and Nebula awards two years in a row; first for Ender’s Game and then for the sequel, Speaker for the Dead. He lives with his wife and children in North Carolina.
Published July 17, 2012 by Tor Books. 417 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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Above average
on Apr 22 2012's impossible to pass up a new entry no matter how unpromising it may seem at first glance.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 07 2012

Fans won’t find anything to actively dislike... but there’s little to love.

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SF Site

Above average
Reviewed by Susan Dunman on Feb 12 2013

...this book offers a convenient way to ease into Card's classic work for the first time or as a re-visit.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin on Dec 16 2012

Since the action takes place before Ender’s story, fans will enjoy this as a prequel and new readers will be inspired to read the rest of the series.

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Deseret News

Reviewed by Marc Haddock on Jul 14 2012

"Earth Unaware" is full of promise for future volumes that flesh out the further events of the Formic Wars that play such an important role in the literary world of Ender Wiggin.

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Geek Speak Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by K. Burtt on Jun 01 2012

Earth Unaware is yet another in the list of disappointing Enderverse books. So read it at your own peril.

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Reviewed by Jorge Vargas on Jul 23 2012 enthralling vision into a future where nations are dependent on interstellar mining that has turned outer-space into something very much like the Caribbean during the early years of European exploration.

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Reviewed by Gil Wilson on Aug 28 2012

This story tells of love, betrayal, family and corporate greed all while gearing up for a major war between Earth and Formics.

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