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Enders Game by Orson Scott Card – A Must Reader For Scifi Fans

June 24, 2011
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien races next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew Ender Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didnt make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Enders skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Back on Earth, Peter and Valentine forge an intellectual alliance and attempt to change the course of history.

This futuristic tale involves aliens, political discourse on the Internet, sophisticated computer games, and an orbiting battle station. Yet the reason it rings true for so many is that it is first and foremost a tale of humanity; a tale of a boy struggling to grow up into someone he can respect while living in an environment stripped of choices. Enders Game is a must-read book for science fiction lovers, and a key conversion read for their friends who dont read science fiction.

Enders Game won both the Hugo and the Nebula the year it came out. Writer Orson Scott Card followed up this honor with the first-time feat of winning both awards again the next year for the sequel, Speaker for the Dead. –Bonnie Bouman

It Changed My Life.
Ill admit, Im new to the whole Science Fiction genre (whether that be books, movies, etc.), but this book absolutely blew me away. A friend recommended it to me, saying that the story changed his life haha. I laughed when I first heard that, but then decided to pick it up. I was actually in the middle of reading through Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and had the bright idea to start reading Enders Game. Well, needless to say, Percy was returned to the library and Ill probably never get to finish it.

You can read all the other reviews to get a plot summary, so Ill just tell you how much I enjoyed it. I love stories that start of small, but by the end they cosmically epic. This is one of the best examples of that. The twists and turns are so interesting and the character of Ender is someone you can relate to. Pulled and manipulated by various people, Ender is confused between being a human being with emotions and feelings, and being simply a weapon of war. Sure, thats been a common theme in stories before, but this is much deeper. Especially because Ender is merely a child.

I loved all the action, the moments in the story when you find yourself shocked yelling WHAT!?!, the relationships between characters, the movement of plot, and especially all the mystery. Excellent book.

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