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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Card and Johnston expand Card's near-future universe in this readable, if not notable, novel, which launches a prequel trilogy to the bestselling Ender's Game that will cover the same ground as the recent Formic War comics from Marvel. The residents of the mining spaceship El Cavador discover what appears to be an alien ship, and although young Victor advises alerting as many people as possible, he is overruled by the too cautious ship's council. Then a human corporate ship, under the guidance of Lem Jukes, a son attempting to crawl out from his father's shadow, attacks the El Cavador. Between the alien attacks and the intra-human warfare, there's plenty of action, but the story adds little to the space invasion subgenre, and even less to the Ender universe. Fans won't find anything to actively dislike, and they might appreciate the added development of characters who were one-dimensional in the comics, but there's little to love.
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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.
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)
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...