The Swarm

Good fun for Enderverse fans so for that crowd Not the best in the series and not worth it on its own What is different in this episode is that the International Fleet is completely dysfunctiona

Good fun for Enderverse fans, so 4* for that crowd. Not the best in the series and not worth it on its own. What is different in this episode is that the International Fleet is completely dysfunctional. In the other books, the governmental authorities have a level of omniscience and infallibility that is godlike. Generations ahead of time, they can predict future battles, adopt the appropriate strategies and select the perfect leaders to win the war. I think, sadly, that it's a sign of the current times (2016) that this is too implausible even for science fiction, and so the future has changed to match the present culture of corruption and incompetence. It will be interesting to see how they overcome that in the story. Popular The Swarm By Orson Scott Card Aaron Johnston Viral Kindle Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender s Game prequel series with this first volume of an all new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces, and the Chinese army China has been devastated by the Formic s initial efforts to eradicate Earth liOrson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender s Game prequel series with this first volume of an all new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces, and the Chinese army China has been devastated by the Formic s initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship.There is a mothership out beyond the Solar System s Kuiper Belt, and it s heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster.Earth has been reorganized for defense There is now a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line There s a Polemarch, responsible for organizing all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet But there is an enemy within, an enemy as old as human warfare ambition and politics Greed and self interest Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado and Lem Juke be able to divert those very human enemies in time to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity in the inexorable Second Formic War. Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender s Game, Ender s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys , biblical novels Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah , the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker beginning with Seventh Son , poetry An Open Book , and many plays and scripts.Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.For further details, see the author s page.For an ordered list of the author s works, see s List of works by Orson Scott Cardcmillan author orsons. Good Kindle The Swarm Good fun for Enderverse fans, so 4* for that crowd. Not the best in the series and not worth it on its own. What is different in this episode is that the International Fleet is completely dysfunctional. In the other books, the governmental authorities have a level of omniscience and infallibility that is godlike. Generations ahead of time, they can predict future battles, adopt the appropriate strategies and select the perfect leaders to win the war. I think, sadly, that it's a sign of the current times (2016) that this is too implausible even for science fiction, and so the future has changed to match the present culture of corruption and incompetence. It will be interesting to see how they overcome that in the story.

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  1. Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender s Game, Ender s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys , biblical novels Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah , the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker beginning with Seventh Son , poetry An Open Book , and many plays and scripts.Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.For further details, see the author s page.For an ordered list of the author s works, see s List of works by Orson Scott Cardcmillan author orsons

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  1. Good fun for Enderverse fans, so 4 for that crowd Not the best in the series and not worth it on its own What is different in this episode is that the International Fleet is completely dysfunctional In the other books, the governmental authorities have a level of omniscience and infallibility that is godlike Generations ahead of time, they can predict future battles, adopt the appropriate strategies and select the perfect leaders to win the war I think, sadly, that it s a sign of the current tim [...]


  2. An interesting idea for the beginning of a story ruined by completely uninteresting characters, and series shattering continuity errors Unless you REALLY enjoyed the characters from the previous trilogy about the First Invasion, you will probably want to pass on this one until the rest of the Second Invasion trilogy is out I found it to be horribly boring, and full of characters that I haven t given a shit about for years, if I ever did to begin with The only part of this book that I found even [...]


  3. Note to myself don t get the audiobook You can hear the narrator s breath I understand the best narrators use editing software to remove their breaths This was released in 2016 You d think current day publishers and narrators would solve this I will wait until the rest of the 3 books are out then consider buying print not audio.


  4. I have been anticipating the continuation of the prequels to Ender s Game since the last trilogy ended However, so far I am somewhat disappointed This book wasn t bad, it was just meh The story didn t advance as far as it could have It was definitely written as the first book in a trilogy rather than a stand alone in a trilogy I like trilogies or book series, but I think it is a cop out when the author purposefully drags things out to fill up space and make a series of books from one stories Ors [...]


  5. Damn you, Card and Johnston Damn you for creating such a uniquely vibrant world that sucks me in like literally no other Damn you for putting out only one of these a year that I m almost literally forced to read in a single sitting.Now that that s over with, The Swarm, the most recent entry into the Ender s Game prequel series es, was an absolutely outstanding component of the series that you absolutely cannot fully appreciate without reading and probably enjoying every other book in the Enderve [...]


  6. masterful storytelling the characters here are so insightful, and the alien race s technology marvelous the infuriating careerist military leaders and criminals are loathsome, the goodness and wisdom and character of the heroes are inspiring I don t know if I ve ever read a book that engaged my interest, imagination, and wonder so fully, other than the other books in this series My thanks go out to Card and Johnston.


  7. I ve read every book in the Enderverse, while I enjoyed The Swarm I must admit it is relatively weak in comparison to other books in the series Fans of the First Formic War series will enjoy revisiting many of the same characters in this series but not much else There s plenty of the Card charm and intrigue but it s clearly written to be a trilogy and as a result there s not much of a climax and I have a feeling only hardcore fans will enjoy it.


  8. Builds well Fills in gaps nicely Pays tribute to characters from both the original story and those we ve met in the Formic Wars series In short, it functions very well for what a story has to do in its slot in the timeline of prequels.Stylistically, I hand it to Johnston he got me to cry with the beauty of one chapter s end That s all I ll say, so as to avoid spoilers, but he deftly used a character who s been built up over the past few books to effectively tug at heartstrings and make me commit [...]


  9. I waited too long to write this The specific details are fading The Swarm is another solid book in the series Like the first formic war series, it s interesting knowing the ultimate results hundreds of years later And yet again the story that unfolds has many twists and unexpected details.One new thing I picked up that seems common in other Ender books is what I d call a sketchy emotional sub plot In this version it s a couple characters that in one encounter go from engaged to confused and unsu [...]



  10. Gah Why is it that I just found out about this book and now have to wait for the next one It doesn t matter that we know the big picture of what happens It s the how I want to know HOW sooner than later As with all the best space operas, it is the people and the love and ultimately, family and perpetuating the human species that makes these lives worth living.


  11. I like this book, and encourage all who liked the 3 former books on the Formic wars to read this as well, and by all means those who haven t read the former books Though it would be recommended to do so first, as you ll understand of what the main characters have gone through.In this book we meet Vico, Mazer, Bingwen and Lem again, together with other old, and new, characters, and see how they have evolved and or changed from the aftermath of the first war.However there are things that doesn t [...]


  12. This book suffers from all the same flaws as the others in the Ender verse prequel series That is, they don t belong in the Ender verse.If this were written as a stand alone piece of literature it would be perfectly adequate It s a techno babble heavy, character light, sci fi adventure book Perhaps not the height of literary achievement, but a genre which has its own charms and audience.But there s very little continuity between what other books in the series have told us about the events this b [...]



  13. Starts out OK but to make a long story short, it should have been shorter There is much to be said for a build up to the next book, but this one was not really developing the characters much from the previous novel You are required to read the previous one or else you will be lost, not a good sign for any author I m wondering if Orson would have done better without a co writer here The story is very slow paced, the characters I really don t care much about I did like the adventure of exploring t [...]



  14. Set a century before Ender s Game, The Swarm addresses the beginning of the Second Formac War The world becomes aware of a new invasion and unites with a political and corrupt military system The early years of Mazer Rackham in the military as he bucks the system are explained setting the statge for a new science fiction series that will lead him to his role in Ender s Game A good read although Card shared the writing duties with Aaron Johnston.


  15. This was an excellent prequel to the Ender s Game series I found the storyline was interesting, and his use of multiple main characters, who s fates all end up tied together in the end This story centers around Mazer Rackham and his journeys through the Second Formic War We see the construction of the battle room and Mazer s first trainees It s a great continuation of the series, and I can t wait for the sequel of this prequel.


  16. Enjoyable but form ula icI always enjoy these as a guilt ypleasure, but it was a bit predictable Characters seem to be one dimensional, and dialogue is a bit hackneyed With that said, as a prequel, it does a good job of laying foundation in a way that doesn t disrupt already established elements of the Ender universe Recommended for the hardcore Ender franchise fans out there Not recommended for newcomers to the series.


  17. Prequels can be tricky, but this one was great Many origins of key pieces and characters of Ender s game were, of course, woven into this first prequel installment and done so in an easy natural way and I didn t ever feel as though the author was forcing my attention to any specific detail If you liked the Ender s Game series, you ll equally enjoy this first prequel installment.


  18. This book was exciting with some good action But equally enjoyable was the world building and relationship building of the story We move into in depth understandings about Mazer, Bing Wen, Victor, Lem, and Imala.


  19. To start off I really enjoyed Ender s Game, the movie I know it wasn t a big hit, but I like the nuances and what have you As such, I figure I pick up something by Orson Scott and get into the universe.I started with this as it was the first of the trilogy before the actual Ender s Game.Well, cringe, it wasn t good What I liked, was some of the research of weapons as they figure out how to defeat the Formics furry bug alien things This went across Lem s and Mazer s story lines.Also like the expl [...]


  20. So have there ever been military figures who were the central characters in two separate wars Because that seems to be happening here Favorites from the First Formic War including the expected Mazer Rackham, Victor and Imala, and even Bingwen serve as the central characters as the Formic threat becomes much immediate There are a couple of new characters that fill in a few places, but it seems weird that these disparate people, in wildly different environments, all become integral to the war eff [...]


  21. A well written start to a sequel of the earlier Formic War books, but sometimes the dialogue felt unnatural Card has a tendency to make his characters highly verbal and talking about nearly every possible thing that can be said as if they re making reports, and their intelligence easily comes across as overly high Maybe this is okay for geniuses like Ender Wiggen and his sister, but they re not in this book, and neither are characters like them If I had to guess, it s that Card is used to this s [...]


  22. The Swarm keeps going with the story of the first Formic War series by Aaron Johnson After fighting off the original invasion or scouting force earth is faced with a much larger incoming fleet of Formics They need to develop new tactics and technologies to fight the alien threat and most of this story is a narration of how these technologies come about despite the constant infighting of the nascent International Fleet Again the story mostly focuses on Victor Delgado and Mazer Rackham but there a [...]


  23. Another exciting prequel to Ender s Game This one describes the planning going into preparation for the second Formic invasion of Earth I enjoyed seeing how characters who were actively involved in the First Formic War are now continuing those roles in trying to thwart the second invasion of the Formics We learn about Mazer Rackham, Victor and Imala, Bingwen, and Lem Jukes Several new characters are introduced as well such as Wila, Vaganov, and Khalid , some who will be helpful to the war effor [...]


  24. There were parts I hated about this one Particularly view spoiler Mazer being treated so poorly Even knowing that he is extremely important to the eradication of the Formics in this Second Formic War and teaches Ender how to defeat them later It just really bothered me reading about all the idiots running the IF Not that that isn t perfectly accurate with the way things are, or would be, but it seriously pisses me off to read about hide spoiler So that part was a huge drag for me and the reason [...]


  25. In The Swarm, Card and Johnson continue with writing the pre Ender histories of the Formic Wars At the end of the last trilogy detailing the First Formic War humanity has barely escaped complete devastation from a Formic invasion ship Now in the opening novel of the Second Formic War trilogy humanity discovers that the ship they thought was an invasion force was merely a scout ship and the actual invasion fleet is on its way.I love these books They are very fun to read Ender s Game is my favorit [...]


  26. This feels like a fictional history than a novel Like a history, it analyzes or over analyzes the background to the upcoming events, explains the connections between key players, introduces upcoming conflicts but that s all this volume does Analyzes, explains, introduces As a novel, and particularly as the first in a series, it falls flat, with nothing in particular actually happening except setup We only ever see a handful of Formics, and there s no engagement with them until the very end I m [...]


  27. I can t decide whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars, which means it s probably a 3.5 More of the same stuff as the First Formic War novels, fun action oriented books without a ton of substance for the most part Some stuff in there about humanity and survival, but overall it was focused on moving the plot along The antagonist was infuriating than Card s usual ones, but overall I enjoyed the book Wouldn t say it s a must read, but if someone enjoys the First Formic War novels they will probably lik [...]


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