‘Earth Afire’ Review

UK Cover

UK Cover

‘EARTH AFIRE’ – ORSON SCOTT CARD & AARON JOHNSTON

‘Earth Afire’ blasts onto the scene and never pretends to be anything but the rip-roaring-alien- invasion-story we have all anticipated. Arriving as the second book chronicling the First Formic War, this entry into the Enderverse shows us just what “the scouring of China” is all about.

‘Earth Afire’ continues to follow the protagonists of ‘Earth Unaware’, Victor Delgado and Lem Jukes. Victor seeks to warn humanity about the alien threat and Lem, a complicated character, follows the Formics towards Earth and continues his fight for humanity and (conveniently) for his company, Juke Ltd.

The Formic arrival and subsequent invasion are everything fans anticipate.  After teasing us with a glimpse of Mazer Rackham in ‘Earth Unaware’, I’m happy to say that the young New Zealander is featured heavily in this installment. In fact, Mazer is the vehicle through which we are transported into the heart of the action, surviving first, then fighting the Formic invasion in China. During his time in China, Mazer also picks up a young Chinese companion and at one point tells him that, “Children don’t fight wars.” Oh, how things are about to change. We see this budding change when young Bingwen, a companion of Mazer, proves himself more useful than most as he combats against the alien threat.

US Cover

US Cover

‘Earth Afire’ finishes with an excellently worked cliffhanger, and I would defy anyone that reads it not to be on tenterhooks. We will have to wait for the resolution to come with the final installment of the First Formic War Trilogy, ’Earth Awakens’. All things considered, ‘Earth Afire’ by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is a worthy addition to the ‘Ender’s Game’ story and will certainly add some meat for fans of the Formic War comic books. It is an absolute must read for fans of the Ender story everywhere.

Earth Afire will be released on June 4, 2013.
Preorder here:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Disclaimer: ‘Earth Afire’ was sent for review by Orbit Books. All opinions are my own.

  • KennEnder

    cool… sounds like a worthy successor then :) Wish I were a reviewer :D

  • Volcano Moore

    Is there a third book in the “Earth” series? If not, the ending of Earth Afire would rate has the worst I’ve read. It was like they hit their page count, or the clock ran out in a writing exercise. I actually thought there were missing pages from the hardback, like where’s page 400? So really, is there a volume 3?

    • GeneMod

      Yes. It is due to be released on July 10, 2014, last time I checked.

  • RoderickGI

    Yes there is a volume three . . . but that doesn’t excuse the ending of Earth Afire. My immediate comment was, “That was rude.” But thinking about it, I reckon it was worse than rude. Didn’t they have enough story to fill three books, so they had to cut this one off to leave something for the third book? Was it really just enough story for one book, but everyone wanted a trilogy?
    Okay, it is a fun easy read with lots of pace and only a few sections that didn’t seem necessary. So it is worth a read.
    But, this book could never be read standalone. In fact, I recommend not starting the series until the third book is available.