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Earth Awakens: Book 3 of the First Formic War (English Edition)
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Earth Awakens: Book 3 of the First Formic War (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Orson Scott Card , Aaron Johnston
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It is one hundred years before the events of Ender's Game. Tens of millions are dead in China as the invading Formics scour the landscape and gas cities with a lethal alien chemical. Young Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police scramble to find a counteragent, while asteroid miner Victor Delgado infiltrates the alien ship in near-Earth orbit.

Victor needs to find a way to seize the ship and end the war, but he'll need a small strike force of highly skilled soldiers to pull it off. In this last-ditch effort to save what's left of humanity, Mazer Rackham and his team may be just the men for the job . . .

The thrilling final novel in the First Formic War series

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 La triste fin d'une trilogie dispensable 30 juin 2014
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Soyons honnêtes: Je ne pense pas qu'Orson Scott Card ait fait autre chose qu'apposer son nom sur ce volume. Si vous regardez ce livre, vous avez probablement lu les parties 1 et 2 de la trilogie (Earth unaware, et Earth afire); si ce n'est pas le cas, commencez par là. Mais dans le doute, je vais revenir sur toute la trilogie.

L'histoire racontée à travers "The First Formic War" nous présente le premier contact entre l'humanité et les formics, lorsque ces derniers avaient "envahi" la Chine et décimaient sa population sans se rendre compte qu'ils avaient affaire à une race consciente.

On va donc suivre l'histoire selon le point de vue de plusieurs personnages:
Victor Delgado, un jeune mineur/ingénieur du vaisseau indépendant El Cavador et dont la "famille" va faire son possible pour prévenir le monde de l'arrivée des Formics après avoir découvert un de leurs éclaireurs.
Lem Jukes, le fils du puissant industriel Ukko Jukes, parti tester dans l'espace le Glaser, un laser modifiant la gravité
Mazer Rackham, alors jeune soldat d'un corps d'élite Néo-Zélandais, qui va devenir le héros que l'on sait par la suite
Bingwen, un enfant surdoué Chinois qui va se retrouver propulsé au milieu de la guerre et servir de lien entre toutes les parties

Et on en arrive au premier problème de cette trilogie. Ce n'est pas réellement une trilogie, mais plus un livre découpé en trois parties.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Promising Plot, Horrible Writing 11 juillet 2014
Par C. F Fulbright - Publié sur
This book had the makings of a good read, given an interesting plot. But the writing is just horrible. I can't believe this is Orson Scott Card's work. He was certainly better than that in earlier Ender books, in the Alvin Maker series, and others.

The science is just plain silly, as others have commented. The Formics have interstellar travel, but sailing ship wheels to turn. Vico knows how every control on the Formic ship works even though he spent all of two hours on it, operating none of them, and the Ansible should make all controls un-necessary.

The dialogue is wooden. Lem Jukes is a predictable two-dimensional character who cann't relate to his father, nor accept a single compliment his father gives him. He looks for the cloud in every silver lining. The romance scenes are laughable pre-teen material.

I'll keep reading these because I've committed to the series, but I beg Card to go back to writing them himself, or get a better ghostwriter.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Earth Awakens but is not much of a morning person 10 juin 2014
Par T. Edmund - Publié sur
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Many have criticized the First Formic war for crummy physics, shallow political/cultural analysis, and prose that feels like the novelization of a comic book. Those criticisms will not be deferred by the arrival of this book. Even if, like me, you enjoyed the first installments of this trilogy, I suspect you'll find Awakens to be somewhat of a disappointment.

My first criticism is that it appears that rather than put together an original, or create A unique spin on well-trodden sci-fi tropes, Orson Scott Card (or is that just Mr Johnston) opt instead to fill the pages of Awakens with numerous cliche's. (SPOILERS AHEAD) fighter ships flying into ventilation shafts, scientists inventing counter-agents to the Formic's poison (with high school chemistry). The heroes bravely fighting each other over who will risk their lives to attack the mother-ship. I thought Unaware at least had some originality, and Afire made Earth's situation seem genuinely dire. Awakens felt like I was reading a novel stitched together from Star Wars, Independence Day, and StarCraft.

Perhaps worse than mere cliche's is the lack of real tension in the plot. All the characters simply work from whoa to go, Mazer is the consumate soldier, Victor understands stuff about spaceships, and Lem continues his journey from amoral brat to actually OK guy. Lem's character perhaps presented the most interesting development through the novels, however his personality changes in Awakens are so contrived, his father such a stereotype, that this part of book was sub-par too.

The next frustrating part of the this conclusionary novel is the neutering of the Formic forces. After annihilating countless spaceships and human lives, the main characters find out a few factoids about the ships and somehow this leads to them essentially being able to take over the 'mothership' without much more fuss than a few firefights. Considering the size of the Formic vessel and the weirdness of the technology I found it impossible to believe the level of detail Victor was able to give to the strike team when taking over the ship and how little attempt was given to make this part of the book exciting. In fact looking back to recall the novel I found myself feeling slightly betrayed. Shouldn't a trilogy equaling 1000+ pages draw together several plots into an intricate finale that only works because of each characters unique contribution. I couldn't see the point of Rena's story other than to depict racist ideas about Somali Pirates (in space) and while Victor and Jem's relationship had one interesting bump, the majority of the time these former enemies simply just did whatever was needed advance the story. Despite having nothing to do with Jem or Victor, Mazor and Wit were dragged into the final plan simply by Jem sending an email and having endless cash.

My Ultimate problem with this trilogy lies with the author note in book 1. I was promised insight into how the human race gets to the point in Ender's Game where children can be used so ruthlessly as Ender and countless other children were. All the First Formic war gave me was a rather basic development of 'when aliens attack the world will unite their military' and a brief suggestion of the beginnings of the program Ender is part of.

Normally I try to end a negative review with some positive points of the novel, but must confess I'm struggling with Awakens, the humor was off and at times incredibly cheesy, all the characters had Daddy issues, which I could not tell if this was about the authors problems or just a desperate attempt to make the characters appear deep. Even the mere act of writing this review has made me deduct stars to the point where (if memory serves) Earth Awakens may have the ignoble honor of being my first one star review for the year.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Cards best, but an interesting cliffhanger that guarantees I'll read the next book 1 juillet 2014
Par Eugene Todd Thompson - Publié sur
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The plot thickens, but it Card saves it all for the very end.

Card just isn't putting as much time into his narratives and character development as he used to - it shows in his dialogs most clearly where all characters speak with the same voice and cadence. When I can't tell he difference in dialog between Mazer Rackham (a Maori), Wit O'Toole (an American) and Bingwen (an 8 year old Chinese boy) that's when the curtain pulls back and I find myself staring at Card - and no intellectual plot shift or dramatic action sequence can quite pull it back.

Although, I will say the book makes a better movie script than Enders Game ever did. So, is a new movie series what Card's aiming for these days? I think he'll have better success sticking to excellent prose.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 ABSORBING & ENJOYABLE! 10 juin 2014
Par the GreatReads! - Publié sur
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Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card with Aaron Johnston is the third book in The First Formic War series which is written as a prequel and set a century before the classic Ender’s Game. This amalgamation of science fiction and fantasy is specially designed for young adult readers while many others from different age-groups will most certainly lap it up with great delight. In Earth Awakens, the aliens have invaded planet Earth and it is up to Mazer Rackham and his Mobile Operations Police team to embark on a suicidal assignment to stop the mass slaughter in China. Victor Delgado is attempting to neutralize the invaders by infiltrating a Formic vessel used by the aliens.

But will things go according to plan? Written by one of the biggest names in contemporary science fiction, Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card is a politically charged work with brinkmanship almost bringing planet earth to total destruction. Though not as absorbing and as enjoyable as Ender's Game, many will still find great delight in this book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 fair 18 juin 2014
Par Norman M. Palgon - Publié sur
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Loved the first two books of the series but regrettably this book is lacking. The characters are one dimensional.
Eight year olds are more brilliant than adults (and they are not named Ender). The whole book serves as a prelude to the next book of the series, and is a filler lacking any real substance. The scenarios were absurd and all characters were interchangeable. It wasn't awful but it was disappointing.
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