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Publisher Description

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.

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy
July 17
Tom Doherty Associates

Customer Reviews

Wrenoud ,

Great addition to Ender's universe

I finished it in two days. It has been years since I've been in Ender's universe and it was a fun distraction to jump in again.

Even while I enjoyed the book something nagged at me while reading. After reading the afterward it clicked. Originally written to be a comic series the story leans heavily on dialog. The imagery while intriguing, didn't jump off the page as much as I hoped.

I did appreciate the mixed threads of the storyline. It helped me from getting exhausted by any one storyline.

I do look forward to a sequel as I'm a complete Ender's fanboy.

MP McEleney ,

1/2 book

Couldn't put the book down, great characters. I held back a fiourth star, because the novel comes to a complete dead end, without a conclusion and several disparate characters in search of a common plot.
Mr Card, you have disappointed me for the second time (Shadows in Flight, suffered the same problem)

stuna ,

Good half book

Good start of a story, kinda cliffhanger ending, no idea if there's more coming. I hope so but scanning the authors comments it doesn't seem like there's going to be a sequel... This does not lead into Enders Game. Its a start... Very odd as huge parts of plot are left hanging... Very odd...

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