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.
Earth Unawareby Orson Scott Card
Earth Unaware is a book co-written by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston. If you have heard of the Ender's Game series, Earth Unaware is the first book in the prequel series called The First Formic War. There is another prequel series that follows this one, and it is called The Second Formic War. If you ever find yourself confused as to the chronological order of the "Enderverse" books, I always find it useful to search "Ender's Game: Series" on Wikipedia. There is a convenient list there called "Chronological Chart of Enderverse Stories."
As to Earth Unaware, the book is gripping and plum-full of science fiction excitement. There are also a few military scenes which are set on earth, and those are action-packed. If you have troubles finding action-ey/science fiction books that an adult would enjoy, you have come to the right book with Earth Unaware. Even if a teenager could thoroughly enjoy the book, Orson Scott Card has said he actually wrote Ender's Game for an adult audience, despite the fact that many teenagers seem to enjoy it. This seems to apply to the rest of the books in the "Enderverse" as well, and Earth Unaware has many adult main characters in addition to its one teenage main character.
Profanity/Language: 29 mild obscenities; 5 derogatory names; 3 anatomical terms.
Violence/Gore: A character mentions how an IED hit and killed 3 people; characters briefly discuss corrupt government that sometimes kill people; a 3 page scene where a soldier is tortured, though there is no lasting physical damage; a character shoves another character violently; a character's neck gets broken in a spaceship collision, not graphic; a spaceship filled with many people is destroyed, not graphic; a character watches a recording of a collision and death of a character, not graphic; there is a chapter where characters find many dead bodies throughout the chapter, all in the wreckage of a space collision (disturbing but not graphic); the destruction of a spaceship (which was full of people) is described; a character is fatally wounded, and the wound is only briefly described a few times; three aliens are killed by humans; one alien's injuries are described in some gory details; a few adults threaten other adults and describe how they tortured a man; a beaten up man is carried in; a few characters are killed with a dart gun; a man nearly strangles another man and then has him beaten up and nearly killed; it is implied that aliens somehow kill hundreds of people at once; a lengthy frightening scene a few humans and aliens engage in hand to hand combat and some of the combatants are killed (the scene is mostly not gory but there is one slightly gory part); a human kills a few other humans in a frightening scene; a spaceship full of people and one child is destroyed; a slightly gruesome fighting scene between a human and some aliens; a lengthy description of the deaths and effects of a civil war, disturbing with some gory details.
Sex/Nudity: Discussion about whether it is appropriate for second cousins to get married; a teen dreams about kissing the girl he loves, but then wakes up immediately; a male character stares at a female character's chest while she is talking; two characters are mentioned to be sleeping together.
Mature Subject Matter:
Racist remarks, death of family members, death of a child, death of friends, homicide, a character lets other characters die in order to save other people; war between different species, embezzlement, computer hacking, robbery/thieving.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Reviewed By Amber