Earth Afire - Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

Earth Afire

By Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 393 Ratings


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.
Fans of Ender's Game will thrill to Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston's Earth Afire.


Ender series
Ender’s Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile / Children of the Fleet

Ender’s Shadow series
Ender’s Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens

The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
The Swarm / The Hive

Ender novellas
A War of Gifts / First Meetings

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  • Superb, as always

    By Daftdalla
    Orson Scott Card has been my favorite Sci-Fi writer for years, so I'm not surprised that this title is as superb as all other titles in this world. I couldn't put it down!
  • So much story, so small a book...

    By 8bitme!
    Such a great book... What a cliffhanger too....
  • Like a comic book

    By Onbu
    OSC's experience with comic book writing is starting to spill into his novels. Amazing depth of character and action, but the endings on his most recently published novels all have the worst cliff hangars I've ever experienced in a book. It's getting frustrating. Comic book style of writing works well because there's a relatively fast turn around, which encourages the reader to keep buying and reading. But it doesn't work so well in a book, for opposite reasons. Please OSC, if you read the comments that people post about your work, listen to what your fans are saying. Leave the comic book writing in comic books.

    By Sifi lover
    I want more of these books they're are alwase amazing, and if you haven't been able to read them find a away and do it these are amazing books and this one is no exception
  • Great part of a book

    By Croakus
    This is a great book, but don't bother reading it until the third one comes out; then plan to read the whole trilogy. The endings of these first two books are huge cliffhangers which will leave you as frustrated and annoyed as I am right now.
  • Enders Game for all early teens

    By Kwips
    Half a book! Earth Afire
  • Fantastic

    By kickmehigh
    OSC never fails, he did stop abruptly, be you saw it coming, there is another book coming to those who hate writers who leave you on a ledge( which is every writer ) great great story, I was hooked
  • Loved It

    By KeDIX1414
    Though I haven't read an Orson Scott Card book quite as good as Ender's Game, the Formic War books are also excellent. While reading the other Ender books, I always wondered what the Formic Wars were actually like, and Earth Unaware and Earth Afire satisfied my curiosity. I don't understand the people who say that Earth Afire is "incomplete" or has too much of a cliff hanger ending. Yes, there are huge cliff hangers, but it's not that big of a deal. Just buy the next book when it comes out! If you are a science fiction fan, I would definitely recommend this book, but make sure to read Earth Unaware first if you haven't already.
  • Earth Afire

    By BJ77345
    Loved it! Cannot wait for the next one!
  • Earth Afire

    By ddjanowski
    It would get 5 stars but for the non-ending ending. My problem is I read all the Ender books almost 20 years ago and have given them away or they are in boxes stored 1300 miles away. Aaaaaarghh. For those unaware Earth Afire and Earth Afire are prequels. That is fine if you recently read those latter books or are soon to do so. I am not going to buy all the Ender books all over much as I love your work Orson... These two books, a collaboration, nonetheless come with my hearty recommendation. Now perhaps Wikipedia will tell me what happened to the mother ship, Vico, Wit and the others. I'm pretty certain that Mazer makes it into the mythology of Ender's Game but the others?