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“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - Book Reading
“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

Back of the Book:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s 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 didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s 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.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Hollie’s Review on Goodreads.com:

“They have a word for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice.”

If you can’t understand that statement, you probably won’t like this book. It’s about intelligent children. Not miniature adults- their motivations, understanding, and some-times naivete clearly mark them as children. But at the same time their intelligence and inner strength define them clearly as people. Their personalities are fully developed, even if their bodies are not. (read the entire review here)

Pages: 336

Published: 1985-01-01

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that, at times, Ender’s actions, thoughts, and behaviors seem somewhat fantastical. Granted, genius children often mature faster on the outside, their thoughts would usually betray their age. Not so much in what they are thinking, but how they are thinking. Does that make sense?

The very best thing about this book is how much better it was than I expected. I’ve been seeing this book/series around for years and never read it. Why? Because honestly, based on the teasers on the back I thought I was going to be reading a book about a rebellious child who miraculously succeeds against the giant evil government in spite of all the adults trying to kill him. Yeah… Boy was I wrong! ^_^

Challenges:

This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, and the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge.

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