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Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Publication Date: February 18th, 2002

Publisher: Starscape

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Series Status: The Ender Quintet #1

Pages: 324

Format and Source: Paperback, Owned

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a front assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens.

But who?

Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. In simulated war games he excels. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game.

Right?

Ender’s Game is just… wow. I love it. A lot. This is the sort of book you put on your bookshelf after reading and then take it straight off because you need to read it again. You have probably heard of it because of the movie that came out, and that’s how I first heard about it. I liked the movie, but when I read the book it was a totally different experience.

This book starts with six year old Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin being taken off to battle school where he will be trained to fight in the war against the aliens nicknamed the ‘buggers’. He quickly excels and is brilliant, but he is chosen to lead the war and to be the one to end the war. This is less a book about war and fighting, and more one about the definition of good and evil, and what humanity is capable of.

One thing this book shows amazingly is the development of Ender over the years and how he is molded into who others believe he must be. Instead of having the thoughts and beliefs of others implanted into his head, his ability to be free thinking is portrayed in a way which you can see the constant conflict he has within himself. You are able to gain an emotional attachment to this character easily, and yet you are sometimes left in the dark on his thoughts and emotions, but this just adds to the suspense. And there is action, and violence, and drama, and has a great subplot. Basically it has everything but romance.

Overall this is something I highly recommend, especially since how amazingly well written it is. There are other books in this saga which apparently link to this and now I need them all. This may just be my favourite book.

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