Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Posted: August 18, 2015 in Books
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A new challenge for the year has been met: A book set in the future. Ender’s Game was first released as a short story the year I was born, 1977. Author Orson Scott Card then reworked the story into a novel which was published in 1985, winning both the Nebula Award and Hugo Award for best novel. In 2013 it was adapted to the silver screen.

Set in Earth’s future, after a second thwarted invasion by an insectoid species called “buggers”, humanity is desperate to find the next military hero to lead the fleet against the possibility of a third invasion. The Battle School has been established to train children in the art of war, with the belief that children can learn and adapt faster, and have a greater capacity for innovative thought. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is one of these cadets. At the young age of 6 Ender quickly rises to the top of his class; Colonel Hyrum Graff pushing him harder than any other cadet, isolating him.

At the age of 10, Ender graduates from Battle School to Command School. He learns when to be ruthless and hard, and when to be lenient and to listen – he becomes a good commander, the best commander humanity has ever seen.

While the main players of this novel are children, it is far from a YA story. Ender’s Game is straight up classic military science fiction, and it is enthralling. I didn’t do this novel justice with this brief synapses,  but I didn’t want to give too much of the story away.

If you love strategy games, you will enjoy this read.

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Comments
  1. bookowly says:

    I would have really loved the book, if it wouldn’t be for the slow ending about Ender’s and Valentina’s life. And I also really disliked the internet opinion thing. I loved, loved everything else, but still haven’t gotten to the sequels!

    I hear that the film is horrible. 😀 But that is still on my watching list.

    • RStorey says:

      The movie was like the cliff’s notes version of the book. You never really got a feel for any of the characters or what extreme stress Ender was under or the isolation he was experiencing.

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