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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Posted by Irish in Review0 Comments

Publisher: Starscape
Publication Year: 2002
ISBN: 0812550706
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. At the start of the book Ender is an outcast, he is a dreaded third child in a world where population is strickly regulated. Ender is mostly ignored by his parents, tortured by his older brother Peter and much loved by his sister Valentine. Ender is also smart, really really smart and at the age of 6 he is chosen to attend an elite school that’s deep in space in order to train as soldier. To be part of the military is a great honor in Ender’s world for they are always at the brink of war with a race of ant-like creatures commonly known as the “Buggers”. The Buggers attacked and nearly decimated earth and the earth has been on constant alert ever since always in fear of another war. At Battle School Ender is faced with the best of the best of the world’s children as they all train and try to win top honors in the various battles that they fight all in preparation of advancing to command school.

I first read Ender’s Game 20 or so years ago. The first time I read it I fell in love with it. It was filled with adventure and I really wanted to be a part of the battle school. Reading this book again after so many years I was struck with how detailed and layered it was. The adventure was still there but there was also political intrigue and the complexities of war and dealing with the unknown. My heart broke at times during this book at the full realization of the manipulation of Ender at the hands of the adults in his life. Its hard to talk about how detailed and amazing this book was without giving anything away. I loved revisiting Ender’s world and while its content and complexities left me in it…it also left me wanting to fly in the battle room. Just as it did when I read it as a kid. If you haven’t read Ender’s Game yet then I highly recommend that you do. I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed.