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The swarm (edição: 2016)

de Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston (Author.)

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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?… (mais)
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Título:The swarm
Autores:Orson Scott Card
Outros autores:Aaron Johnston (Author.)
Informação:New York : Tor, 2016.
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***
Etiquetas:science-fiction, techno-thriller, space

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I received a free copy of the audio CD as a Goodreads giveaway.

I was very excited to win this, as I have read all the other books in the Ender series. This book (CD) is continuing the stories of the Formic Wars and I don't feel like it disappoints. If you have read the first 3 books of the Formic War series (First Formic War), you will be familiar with the style of the writing but I was glad to see at the beginning of the chapters they started adding blurbs from emails or ansible conversations like they had in the original Ender series.

The audio book version is done very well. They have several people who read and it makes it very enjoyable to listen to. I've heard other audio books that were just painful to listen to and I usually didn't finish listening to them, instead just getting the books and reading them. Not the case with this audio book. You can tell they spent time on it and wanted it to be great.

I can't wait to read the final two books of the trilogy! ( )
  KBrier | May 22, 2019 |
In The Swarm: Volume One of the Second Formic War, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston pick up where they left off with the First Formic War Trilogy – Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, and Earth Awakens – with the International Fleet preparing for the next conflict as the Formics mass on the outskirts of the Solar System. The story alternates between characters from the previous trilogy.

Victor Delgado and Imala Bootstamp work on a mining ship and find themselves conscripted into the International Fleet when they discover Formics seizing an asteroid. Lem Jukes runs his father’s company, trying to balance his obligations to the company with his belief that all resources must be put toward winning the war. Meanwhile, his father Ukko, serves as the Hegemon of Earth. Captain Mazer Rackham must negotiate his promise to the Strategos to downplay his heroics in the first war so that China may save face and thereby contribute to the IF. At the same time, he sees how the bureaucracy of the IF and the careerist officers will weaken the fleet’s ability to achieve victory. Bingwen, now one of the Chinese military’s greatest assets, foreshadows the role of children in the war to come.

In this book, Card and Johnston begin to further link this with the world that exists at the time of Ender’s Game. Some chapter headings include excerpts from Demosthenes’ A History of the Formic Wars, written by Ender’s sister Valentine. At this time, the Hegemony develops the ansible, making repeated improvements as they go in order to synchronize the International Fleet’s forces (pg. 229). En-route to investigate a Formic-controlled asteroid, Mazer Rackham develops a zero-G environment in which to practice maneuvers and combat, dubbing it the Battle Room (pg. 393). He also trains the first group of child cadets. As something of a futurist, Lem predicts the form the war will take, saying, “We’ll never live in peace again…even if the Formics do leave. We would always wonder if they were returning. That fear would never fade. If we ever want real peace, we have to find their home world and wipe them out completely.” When told this would make humanity the monsters, he responds, “It would make us the survivors…which is always better than being the corpses.” (pg. 403) In a fun reference, Lem says, “I trust your guesses more than anyone’s facts,” possibly in reference to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. (pg. 399)

Fans of the Ender’s Game series will find plenty to enjoy in this work, particularly if they have previously read the First Formic War trilogy. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Aug 20, 2018 |
A második előzménytrilógia első kötete valójában egy hosszabb könyv első harmada, nem érdemes külön elolvasni. Nem is feltétlenül volt jó ötlet elolvasnom mielőtt a másik két kötet megjelenik. Az első trilógia végén érezhető volt hogy túl sok szereplő maradt életben, túl sok szál maradt elvarratlanul, így nem túl meglepő, hogy a második trilógia nem sokban különbözik az elsőtől, mindössze néhány évet ugrunk előre. Ha már két előzménytrilógiát tervezett Card, akkor talán szerencsésebb lett volna két különböző trilógiát írni új szereplőkkel.

Nem túlzottan meglepő módon a hangyok megint támadáshoz készülnek, ezúttal az emberek igyekeznek jobban felkészülni, de ez nem megy túl jól, nyilván elég kilátástalan helyzetbe kell kerülnie az emberiségnek ahhoz, hogy a végső győzelem hatásosabb legyen. A visszatérő karakterek nem fejlődtek túl sokat az eltelt pár évben, és az újak sem sokat segítenek, nincsenek is sokan, és rettentően egydimenziósak (pl. Vaganov). Annak örültem, hogy Bingwen nagyobb szerepet kapott, bár már szinte túlzottan is Enderre hasonlít.

A történet tulajdonképpen rendben van, persze a fő irány kiszámítható. Zavaróan sok a véletlen ami miatt megint pont ugyanazok a szereplők lesznek fontosak akik az első trilógiában is segítettek megnyerni a háborút. Az is furcsa, hogy szinte többet tud az emberiség a hangyokról a második háború előestéjén mint amit a harmadiknál tudott.

Összefoglalva: A könyv könnyed olvasmány, semmi különleges nincsen benne, az kaptam a könyvtől, amit vártam. ( )
  asalamon | Jul 28, 2018 |
Overall I enjoyed the story. It picks up on characters introduced in the earlier prequels of Enders Game series. The First Formic War (Ender’s Game Prequel Trilogy). It acts as the first book of the Second Formic War Trilogy. What has been frustrating about these prequels is that we never hear from the Formic's. This book and the series seems to be entirely written from a human viewpoint. In this book The Formic Queen is given just one chapter to express her thoughts. The rest of the book centers on the stories of Mazer Rackham, Lem Jukes, Imalo Bootstrap, Victor, and Benguin. You are also given insight into the political, social developments on Earth in light of aftermath of the first war and impending doom of the second invasion.Overall the story was good. I was disappointed with its focus. I know the human characters all too well. This is the fourth book of this grand prequel. It is getting somewhat repetitive. While chapter one had the promise of originality the rest of the book seemed to settle on being variations on standard science fiction tropes. Benguin and Mazor being harassed by officers in charge of them. The implacable enemy making a small but strategic mistake etc. I wish Card would shock us by killing off a few characters so I could feel the main characters were in actual jeopardy. I felt frustrated by this novel's ending. It ends in a cliffhanger in such away that it could not stand on its own. I suggest that prospective readers delay reading this installment in the Second Formic War until the final 2 books in this trilogy are published. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Sep 22, 2017 |
2.5 stars. Card and Johnston pick up their narrative a year or so after the end of the First Formic War. After the destruction of the Formic Scout Ship through the agency of Mazer Rackham, Vico Delgado, Lem Jukes and Imala Bootstamp, the Formic fleet is reconstituting far outside the Kuiper Belt. Earth is on a war footing, all national governments subordinate to a triumvirate of war leaders - Hegemon, Strategos and Polemarch. The International Fleet is expanding rapidly, building ships and conscripting and training soldiers.

Incredibly, the fate of earth once more hangs on the struggles of a few isolate individuals, who happen to be in the right places and at the right (or maybe wrong) time. The depiction of the apparatus of the military as being almost totally bumbling and incompetent strains credibility to the utmost. Either these players are incompetent, and their nefarious schemes must surely fail, or (as is the case),should their plans succeed they surely could not be termed incompetent. So it is with the cardboard cutout schemer Colonel Vaganov, and the cowardly Polemarch Ketkar.

So of course, it falls to our heroes to save the day. Victor Delgado apparently engineers all of the zero G tech advances necessary for tunnel warfare with formics in his spare time, whilst Mazer Rackham is the only soldier in the IF who seems to realise that training in zero G combat might be required! This scenario allows him to be reunited with chinese orphan Bingwen (and the evil Colonel Li).

The interesting aspects of the story are the speculations as to the nature of the formics and their hive intelligence. The perspective of scientist Wila Saowaluk present her musings on the motivations of this different type of intelligence. Can it even see humans as intelligent? Does it know it is committing genocide. Of course, as readers, we know how the war against the Hive Queen will end, so there is a dual purpose to this philosophical element. Victor Delgado's exploration of an Kuiper Belt asteroid undergoing modification by formic forces provides insight into the construction methods used by the formics. Slugs which eat asteroids and excrete purified metals! Exactly how this system has evolved is in the realm of extreme handwavery, but it is rather fun.

This is the first of another trilogy, so ends with a cliffhanger. ( )
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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?

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