The Swarm

The Swarm

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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 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?

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780765375629
0765375621
Characteristics: 462 pages.
Additional Contributors: Johnston, Aaron

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joecarson
Jul 26, 2017

A lot of people don't like Orson Scott Card because he's vocal in his anti-homosexual beliefs. I'm not going to comment about that because he's entitled to them no matter what myself or anyone else thinks. One thing is for sure, though. He doesn't preach these beliefs in his books. He tells the advertised story, which some people don't do, instead interjecting their political beliefs into their books.

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pmduckett
Jun 07, 2017

Every novel should have a satisfactory ending. This book had no ending. The basic story was okay, but without any conclusion? That makes for a complete waste of time. I'm sure the next book in the series (?) will end the same way. It's a shameless come-on for the next volume.

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ROBraun
Apr 06, 2017

Does an excellent job of showing how the elements of the society and the training regime that are in place in Ender's Game, came to be. The only minor downside to it for me is some small inconsistencies, which mostly to me come off as either being made due to a rethinking of how those things would work, or being made to make for a better story, possibly both.

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fingarc
Apr 06, 2017

Wish I had waited for the other two to come out before reading. Read through this fast.

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m_scheben
Dec 21, 2016

Excellent read, though a bit dark (and perhaps too realistic) in showing humanities propensity in putting personal gain over the betterment of all. Very much looking forward to the release of the next two.

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