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Urvive basic training become a soldier and finally face the aliens in battle Against the alien onslaught Earth stands alone But we will fight We will rise We will wi. Military boot camp style book with some sci fi notion but in young adult style Characters are kids with their problems a bit of action happens only near the endEarth is devastated with over half population killed decades ago and is still being invaded but somehow is also fighting aliens in their system with almost instant communication yet neither side is willing to do a final blow

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Earth Alone Earthrise #1

They came from deep space They came to destroy us Fifty years ago bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth Most of humanity perished We fell into darkness But now we. If you are a military veteran I think you ll be able to associate with this story very very well It s really about a young man and some other young people who are drafted into the Human Defense Forces HDF Notice I wrote Human Defense Forces not Earth Defense Forces or Army Navy Air Force or Marines These people are mandatorily drafted upon their 18th year to defend humanity against an evil threat from another galaxy Fifty years ago the Scolopendra Titanite better known as Scum attacked Earth for no known reason other than they were out to exterminate all other species in the galaxy That surprise attack killed almost sixty percent of the humans on Earth For the last fifty years humanity has been fighting back We managed to drop a nuclear bomb on the Scums home world which told them we would not go away uietly A kind of stalemate has evolved since then with occasional attacks by the Scum while humanity made repeated attacks against themThe Scum were similar to Earth centipedes only they stood eight to ten feet tall when rising up They also had a hard shell that was stronger than steel with razor sharp claws on their top most legs They also were toxic to humans in every way possible The Scum could be killed but not very easily It was the job of the Human Defense Force to kill Scum or die preferably the former Marco Emery was a writer and a librarian definitely not a soldier But he was now eighteen and had to enlist in the HDF or face five years in prison When your very planet is being attack constantly you don t get a choice to take the easy way out Everyone joined the HDF at eighteen and served for five yearsThis story is about Marco s journey through his initial military in processing and then through basic training It is brutal as is all basic training You have to take a civilian who has been taught from birth that killing and violence is not the way normal people act and turn them into soldiers who kill by instinct Not an easy task It is easier in that all humans have a desire at some level to kill Scum but not all humans embrace violence Marco does not but he has seen his own mother killed and eaten by the Scum so he s ready to kill his share still he s not ready to be a soldierThis book will bring back memories of your own in processing to military life It writes about the confusion and doubts every young man or woman feels about themselves Your faced with a strange environment where no one seems to be your friend Everyone is telling you to do something all the time You don t get to sleep you don t get to rest and you don t get to do anything you ve done in the past They want you to forget your past They will break you down and then build you up as a new person a soldier ready to kill Scum The training is tough very tough but it s no where near as bad as the actual fighting And after all his training he s going to get it tested immediatelyI like the way this writer writes He has a good grasp on how the military operates While not everything about his picture of military basic training is entirely accurate enough of it is that makes you remember what you went through if you had to go through something similar There is no way anyone can be trained to really know the horrors of war It is beyond human understanding until they re in the middle of it The author did a good job of trying to show just how bad it can get and why you need trained soldiersI m ready to read the next book Earth Lost and then Earth Rising I hope they are both as good as this first one

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Rise from the ashes Now we fight back Marco Emery was born into the war After his mother is killed he joins the Human Defense Force Earth's ragtag army Emery must s. 25 starsRead this or listen to the podcast at Book Geeks UncompromisedThough the plots may be kinda similar this is not Ender s Game Yeah there are aliens that came to earth and humans went to war with them and humans are now preparing for a huge showdown told in a story that focuses on the main character training for a military career at least for a few years in the case of Earth Alone Similarities pretty much end thereOur main character Marco is a teenager that wants absolutely nothing than to stay at home and write his novel He is against the alien Ssum for the pain they have caused him as well as humanity but he doesn t want to fight He wants to live his life and let those who fight fight But when it comes down to defending the ones he loves he will take anyone downIn a lot of ways this book seemed like less of a human v aliens ultimate showdown and like teenage kid complaining about boot camp which admittedly did suck and thinking about two girls one of whom is his adopted sister in the showerThe plot is interesting enough if hugely predictable but the majority of the book is set in a boot camp preparing for war Without spoilers one of the best things is how gruesome and scary the tone changed once the finished boot camp The author did such a good job of showing how scary and different the real world is to boot camp when they actually are in a war situationAs this story revolves so much around a military and military life there was a fair amount of sexism in this book a tooooon of locker room talk This may bother some readers I got past it because I felt like it was there because it was just staying true to a type of culture I don t think the author was trying to have a conversation about sexism so much That in itself could bother some people though What actually bothered me though was the treatment of heterosexuality It seemed like the author was trying to win brownie points by including a few LGBT characters and this is great and all except for one thingOne of these characters informs a guy that is interested in her that she only likes girls Less than five minutes later she has stripped down naked with no prompting from said guy and tells him that he can have sex with her if he wants to Just like that There is a very strong impression that this was a I m only gay until the right guy comes along kind of thingSorry buddy that is really and incredibly not how that works Girlswomen that say they are lesbians are usually actually lesbians and not just waiting for you to show upI know this is a apocalyptic world and all but every person in this book has tragic back story Usually everyone having different character traits for different reasons would be great But because the book is so short it feels like every other paragraph someone else is whining about there livesOther readers may not be so concerned by this but it really bothered me that we are never given a reason as to why the scum are trying to invade Earth None We are told that they are a predatory species and that they are intelligent than humansOkay So if they are intelligent than humans that implies that they are not just mindless killing machines so they must have a reason for wanting to wipe out humanity WHAT IS IT This was overall an okay book At times it feels like it borrows from other series but the best parts of this book and the best writing was definitely the last few scenes and the actual battle with the scum This does show some promise for future books Enough to keep us going for at least one


10 thoughts on “Earth Alone Earthrise #1

  1. says:

    I found this to be a tiring read from beginning to end I think it's one of those it's just me things though I found the storyline and charact

  2. says:

    Earth AloneEarthrise Book 1By Daniel ArensonNarrated by Jeffrey KaferThis book is so awesome The insect like aliens with high intelligence invaded Earth and killed over half of life Now they invade and attack rand

  3. says:

    If you are a military veteran I think you’ll be able to associate with this story very very well It’s really about a young man and some other young people who are drafted into the Human Defense Forces HDF Notice I wrote Human Defense Forces not Earth Defense Forces or Army Navy Air Force or Marines These people are ma

  4. says:

    Reminded me of in a good way Starship Troopers

  5. says:

    Earth Alone had its moments mostly toward the end but it seems that many of the recent new military sci fi novels I’ve been reading lately all seem to be written by authors who feel compelled to prove their military authenticity by being able to write the longest most detailed most stereotypical boot camp scenes of all time and this book is at the top of the list of those types of these books Essentially this book is

  6. says:

    25 starsRead this or listen to the podcast at Book Geeks UncompromisedThough the plots may be kinda similar this is not E

  7. says:

    Let me preface this by saying that I normally dislike both sci fi and military stories However I LOVED this one It reminded me a lot of Full Met

  8. says:

    Military boot camp style book with some sci fi notion but in young adult style Characters are kids with their problems a bit of action happens only near the endEarth is devastated with over half population killed decades ago and is still being invaded but somehow is also fighting aliens in their system with almos

  9. says:

    I want to share some positive thoughts about this novel before I go on I love the level of diversity the author brings to the table We see a drafted Human Defense Force that is doing its damnedest to protect humanity and they are drafted from

  10. says:

    Thankfully it was a fast read because if it was another hundred pages I don't know if I could have hung in there This is a made for tv version of the first thirty minutes of Starship Troopers Not Starship Troopers the boo