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End the Game
What can I say about this book is that it's very fun and entertaining. I read it in one day. The sci-fi itself was pretty basic, and the most interesting part for me was Ender's trials at Battle School. Even though I had trouble following the null gravity battles. I did not understand Ender's explanation at all. It seems I would not be fit for Battle School :(
The most unbelievable part for me was the age of these kids. They were very young, yet talked like your average adult. I understand they were supposed to be genius's and everyone was chosen as the best in something, but the only I saw that in Ender. I wish I could have known the other characters more.
The "twist" ending didn't surprise me as much as the final chapter did. It just seemed so completely different from the rest of the book. I'm not sure whether or like it or not. This book definitely made me think in places.
Overall, I recommend it to sci-fi and non sci-fi fans alike. I'm interested to read the sequels to see what happens to their universe afterward, if I can find them at the library. The library has a nasty habit of only carrying some books in a series- and never the ones I want.
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posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the running for top 10 sci-fi books of all time, in my opinion. I am only sorry that I waited so long to read this gem. Card has kicked off his Ender Wiggin series in grand fashion here. With all the sclock coming out of hollywood these days, it would be nice to see a faithful screen adaptation of this novel- it could not go wrong. Truly an original story with gripping characters and an engaging plot. I could hardly put it down.
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Orson Scott Card
This is a very good book. Orson Scott Card wrote an interesting book. In the book kids are taken from their homes and put into a school that teaches them to become the best naval fleet commanders they can be. The main cause of this is an alien enemy called the Formics, and are generally called the Buggers as a more unofficial name. It is a strange step to use children and train them from age 6 to about 18. This is similar to Sparta where the best and smartest were the only ones allowed to fight and started at age 7.
Ender however will not have that much time to become the best commander he can. The book goes through his struggles of isolation, being younger than most other kids, and the resentment of others at his perfection of everything. I recomend this book for anyone who just wants a fun read while still making you think a little bit.
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Posted July 16, 2012
Btw there is a movie of this book coming out in 2013. It has the kid with the awesome eyes who played hugo...and the chick from nims island. Sorry only movies i can think of with them in it. Go to IMDB for more info!
Hope that helps!!!!
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Posted December 14, 2008
Very Enjoyable Reading!
Ender¿s Game by Orson Scott Card is a thought provoking book about Andrew ¿Ender¿ Wiggin and his attempts to help the military save the plant from destruction. However, the pre-pubescent child has no idea that he is actually helping the military. Ender is rather brilliant, just like his older sister and brother. His intelligence causes lots of problems throughout the story, especially resentment from classmates, both on Earth and while he attends the Battle School. Ender enjoys being at the Battle School because he is presented with many games that help stimulate war such as computer games and one that is similar to laser tag. One game in particular called ¿Free Play¿ fascinates the boy because he cannot seem to get past a level. This computer game stumps him until he begins to get angry, and the game rewards his frustrations with progress, conditioning Ender's violent tendencies and supporting his need to win completely. He manages to succeed extremely well at the laser tag game and using superior tactics, manages to defeat more experienced soldiers. Ender reorients his team using the phrase ¿the enemies¿ gate is down¿ so that they always know where the zero G environment is located. Because of his advancing skills, Ender becomes a leader at the Battle School and after being transferred to Command School, others begin watching how he plays the games. Through his lessons at the Battle School, Ender learns that reality is not always what it seems. <BR/>The author uses two different fonts to distinguish between the military¿s world and Ender¿s belief of what the world is. This format helps the reader recognize that Ender does not understand his environment and that reality is not what he believes it to be. Card uses a limited point of view to help the reader feel the same isolation that Ender must endure. The setting plays an important role in Ender¿s Game because without the technological advancements that allow space travel, Ender would never have left the Earth. <BR/>Science fiction novels generally do not draw largely on the author¿s own life, but Card¿s life had some influence on Ender¿s Game. He enjoyed reading immensely as a child which sparked his imagination. Card¿s first interaction with political activism was prior to and during the 1964 presidential election because his family had just moved to a very conservative town in Arizona. This introduction to politics plays some role in how the military control Ender¿s mind. Card¿s own children enjoyed video games greatly and his son Geoffrey currently designs them for a living. <BR/>I would greatly recommend this book because I truly enjoyed it. I do not tend to like reading and this book grabbed my attention from the beginning. I related to Ender¿s fascination with the games because I enjoy playing video games in my free time. The plot has many twists and turns that will keep the reader anxiously waiting for what will happen next, but the story still flows smoothly. Ender¿s Game is a book that I believe many young adults can relate to today as the popularity of video games increases.
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Posted July 11, 2009
Everyone Should Read this at Least Once
Everyone should read this book at least once. The imagery O.S. Card uses is so extreme and futuristic, considering that this book was written in the eighties; indeed, ahead of its time, some instances have recently appeared in the last few years. The overall plot keeps you turning the pages. Read it- you wont be disappointed!
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Posted December 25, 2011
Posted March 31, 2010
A great book
I happened to stumble across this book by accident. I have so enjoyed reading it that I gave it to my Grandson. He so liked it that I have purchased a number of other books in this series. This is a great books for kids to read.
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Posted December 28, 2011
Posted December 6, 2012
I love this book
I read this for english class in high school 15 years ago,and loved it. I have reread it about every other year since. Definitely recommend.
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Posted December 28, 2012
This book is an openly amazing, exciting, and wonderful. It pulls you right in and you can't stop reading! I'm 11 and I read this book in a day, and I haven't done that since the Harry Potter, or Twilight, series. That just shows you how this book compares with many other greats.
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Posted July 30, 2013
I started reading Ender's Game , by Orson Scott Card, for
I started reading <i>Ender's Game</i>
, by Orson Scott Card, for a few reasons. Some friends like it, Card's statements about political issues were in the news, so on. I picked it up, and read it. It was very thought-provoking and entertaining, to say the least.
As the book starts, it is late in the 21st century, and the planet earth has already been the victim of two invasions by the Formics, an insect like alien creature. The Formics, derogatorily called the “buggers” by the people of earth, are feared and there is a constant lookout for the next invasion that many believe to be inevitable. In this environment, the best and brightest children are recruited to go to “battle school” and then further education, where they will learn how to command fleets and personnel in any future war against the buggers.
This environment as well is rife with some dystopian themes such as a very soft, yet entirely too efficient, suppression of religion and population controls. There is, of course, the horror of child soldiers and psychological abuse, which we'll discuss in a moment. Into this setting, we have Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young boy who is called a “Third” for being a rare child beyond the two per family limit normally enforced. He is sent to school to learn to fight the buggers.
The abuse Ender underwent in his training were disturbing, but seemingly necessary, for the sympathetic truths that were eventually revealed by Ender were not known at this point in the story, and yet the military leadership who were convinced that they were doing the right thing <i>still</i>
had doubts. One of the main points of this series is that war is not fun or pretty. It's messy and ruthless.
I have criticized certain characters or people who have what I consider warped views of martial matters, and that made our protagonist all the more disturbing, in a way. Ender was, arguably, the moral ideal of a military commander. Yet the empathy and imagination that made him so morally upright also made him a coldly precise military commander. Of course, part of the reason this is has to due with the reveal at the end of the novel, so we'll leave that alone.
Card certainly paints a very depressing picture of humanity, but a nuanced one. When I finished the book, I wondered if the Formics weren't the good guys and the military leadership who so hurt Ender and other children, the bad guys. It is something to mull over, as I'm sure those who have finished the book will so do.
As for the military training and such aspects, it was fairly realistic, within the confines of the fictional and dystopian settings. Though there were no NCO's (Non-Commissioned Officers) per se listed, the concept of them was very much in play. The “toon” leaders and sub-leaders with autonomy enough to work within Ender's command were an example of how real-life NCO's work in battle within their units. Of course, there are some plot points that would never fly in real life, and the reader will quickly guess which ones.
War is hell, the old phrase goes, but sometimes it is necessary. The real struggle, besides, and perhaps more than, the battle, is the struggle to not lose one's morality, one's humanity, in the fight. Often ruthless decisions are required, so how can one fight like a heartless killer, yet not truly be heartless? Not truly lose their souls? That is a quandary that <i>Ender's Game</i>
presents, but doesn't answer. We, the reader, must answer that question for ourselves.
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Posted July 18, 2013
Enders game is a great book.
In my time as a reader, I have seen so many good books, and for some reason, I never read it, the book title " Enders Game" somehow kept me from reading it, by the time I even considered reading it I had had it recomended it to me by almost all my friends. To my great surprise I loved the story line, whitch was much deeper than any books I have read before, I am not close to the military genius that ender was but I still found that I could relate to him, being used and forced to do bad things.
The strangest thing in the book in my opinion was how mature ender was, and the way he thought whitch was more sofisticated than most modern adults.
All in all, the book was a thrilling and fun read and I recomend it for all that like books that make you think.
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Posted May 13, 2013