[Review #26] Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Title: Enders Game
Series: Enders Saga
Book one
Author: Orson Scott Card

Published: 15th July, 1994
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Genre: Science Fiction
Adult

Rating: ♣♣♣♣

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Summary

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.
Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Review

This book was very good.

I couldn’t stop reading. There was something about the story that had me hooked, I just wanted to keep reading to see what happened, to see what Ender would do. In saying that I did enjoy this book a lot but for me it had a bit too much politics in it which made me skim read a few parts and only because I’m not that interested in the type of politics that was in this book. It went straight over my head actually.

The writing was good and Ender was a very interesting and likeable character. I didn’t like the way he acted sometimes but I could understand why he was the way he was. Scott created an interestingly strong character, intellectually and mentally. The story was pretty interesting because of Ender. He made up the story.

We saw everything from Ender’s eyes so a few things that were revealed near the end were surprising because as smart as Ender was he hadn’t yet grasped the situation. I liked that. 

I will definitely be reading the sequel at some point!

Miss J

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8 thoughts on “[Review #26] Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

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  2. I absolutely love the Ender’s Game series, infact this is one of my all time favourite books and one that I recommend to guys whenever they tell me they haven’t read a single book in the last decade :) It’s such a pity that the author is such a homophobic bastard :(

    PS the sequel is just as good as the first book though completely different!

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