Publisher's Note:  

The story of The First Formic War continues in Earth Awakens, nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card's bestselling novel Ender's Game...

When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and Earth. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship dropped into Earth orbit, and began landing terraforming crews in China. Politics slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But millions of people were dying, and the planet could be lost.

It's up to Mazer Rackham's squad in China, who have developed a method to destroy the alien landers one by one; and Lem Jukes and his crew on the Moon, who may have the key to destroying the Formic mother ship in orbit.

Earth Awakens

by Orson Scott Card

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Earth Awakens fulfills all promises of good writing. This especially provides relief because it ties up the First Formic War trilogy, and no one wants a bad end to a good trilogy. The characters are flushed out even more than before, and you learn to understand each of them in turn. The plot resonates with the coolness you would expect from a alien-attack. Strangely enough, my favorite part of the book was the epilogue. There is a "You have got to be kidding me" moment when you realize what is about to hit in the Second Formic War trilogy. I can hardly wait until August 2nd, when the first book of that trilogy comes out. I also feel that waiting for the rest of the trilogy is going to be torture, but such is a reader's life.

We also have Earth Unaware and Earth Afire reviews on Compass Book Ratings, so feel free to visit those pages as well.

For more information on the chronological order of this book in relation to the other books in the Enderverse, visit the "Ender's Game: Series" article on Wikipedia. 

Reviewer Note on Audiobook:  I liked the audiobook version better for this third book than I did for the second--probably because I was more accustomed to the voices of the different readers and I no longer found Bingwen's narrator to be obnoxiously whiney.

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Profanity/Language:  1 derogatory name, 3 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  Aliens gut a human, slightly detailed; different spacecrafts try to destroy each other; aliens gut a human, gory this time; aliens and humans fight to the death, not gory; characters electrocute aliens to death; a teen threatens an adult several times with a gun; a child sees many bodies, killed by chemicals; an adult knocks out another adult with brutal force; a child sees four people shot to death, and learns that many more people were killed also; a lengthy and bloody war scene between aliens and humans; a genocide is mentioned; a few lengthy war scenes, one after the other (intense and sometimes gruesome); an alien attempts to gut a human, but is brutally killed.

Sex/Nudity: Two adults are implied to have slept with each other; a woman is talked about because of her habit of walking around partially nude; two adults kiss.

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Death of family members, death of friends, war, genocide.

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Reviewed By Amber
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