The Swarm: The Second Formic War (Volume 1)

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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3 Comments

  1. Good for people not familiar with the Enderverse. As a stand-alone book, I enjoyed this. As a massive fan of the Enderverse, this book had me raising my eyebrows. This book seems to contradict many major points established in Ender’s Game. 

  2. Excellent Writing, Great Plot Pulls Readers into the Story While I am not a fan of trilogies and stories over multiple books, it is easy to get hooked on this new offering from authors Card and Johnston. 

  3. Another great Formic War book from Card and Johnston I always love having new material in the Enderverse and I loved the First Formic War Trilogy. This book is solid and interesting and I would given it 5 stars except that there is a lot of background, politics and plotting details at the expense of moving the over-arching story forward. Still a very good read and I believe Card and Johnston are a strong collaboration. Definitely worth buying and reading. Just cannot wait for the story to advance in vol. 2 of this Second Formic War series.

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