Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Science Fiction, Pages: 399, Level: Easy
“One hundred years before Ender’s Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.
Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.
And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.”
The formics invade! That is basically what this book is about, so this review will be pretty short.
Obviously I really enjoyed this book. I’ll be honest with you, it is no Ender’s Game. You do get the whole “rage against the machine” or “rage against The Man” attitude, class warfare, world politics, etc, that seem more characteristic with our times, 2013. However, I still don’t see Ender’s world where it is necessary to limit couples to two children and children are monitored during their youth. I hope the third in the prequel series will bring us there.
What I like about Earth Afire is that the reader experiences the first encounter Earth has with the formics. You get to see the different reactions. This is straight up action Science Fiction. It’s a pretty quick read and while different in tone from Ender’s Game, I still thought it was a great story.
Reviewed by Christina
July 21, 2013