Ender's Game (Ender Quintet Series #1)by Orson Scott Card
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards
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
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards
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 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Gr 7 Up
This new young adult edition of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens, includes an original postscript by the author in which he discusses the origins of the novel is all about leadership. The novel asks: What does it take to successfully lead men into battle? The buggers have invaded Earth twice. The last time mankind survived only because of the brilliance of Mazer Rackham, commander of the International Fleet. Years later, a third invasion is feared and a new commander is sought. Ender Wiggin is only six years old when he is plucked to succeed Rackham and sent to the space station Battle School. He is isolated, ridiculed, bullied, and persecuted-but he survives and thrives. Using his astonishing intelligence, the boy learns to be a top-notch solider and, despite his youth and small stature, is quickly promoted up the ranks. By the age of 12, Ender learns the art of command and earns the respect and fear of his fellow soldiers. This audio version was created in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the novel and it's a gem. The audiobook is narrated by a full cast. Stefan Rudniki is particularly good as Ender. Despite Ender's age, this is not a children's novel. Its profound themes (and mild profanity) call for intelligent teens who appreciate a complex novel.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK
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“I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one. Or at least as close as we’re going to get.”
“That’s what you said about the brother.”
“The brother tested out impossible. For other reasons. Nothing to do with his ability.”
“Same with the sister. And there are doubts about him. He’s too malleable. Too willing to submerge himself in someone else’s will.”
“Not if the other person is his enemy.”
“So what do we do? Surround him with enemies all the time?”
“If we have to.”
“I thought you said you liked this kid.”
“If the buggers get him, they’ll make me look like his favorite uncle.”
“All right. We’re saving the world, after all. Take him.”
• • •
The monitor lady smiled very nicely and tousled his hair and said, “Andrew, I suppose by now you’re just absolutely sick of having that horrid monitor. Well, I have good news for you. That monitor is going to come out today. We’re going to take it right out, and it won’t hurt a bit.”
Ender nodded. It was a lie, of course, that it wouldn’t hurt a bit. But since adults always said it when it was going to hurt, he could count on that statement as an accurate prediction of the future. Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.
“So if you’ll just come over here, Andrew, just sit right up here on the examining table. The doctor will be in to see you in a moment.”
The monitor gone. Ender tried to imagine the little device missing from the back of his neck. I’ll roll over on my back in bed and it won’t be pressing there. I won’t feel it tingling and taking up the heat when I shower.
And Peter won’t hate me anymore. I’ll come home and show him that the monitor’s gone, and he’ll see that I didn’t make it, either. That I’ll just be a normal kid now, like him. That won’t be so bad then. He’ll forgive me that I had my monitor a whole year longer than he had his. We’ll be—
Not friends, probably. No, Peter was too dangerous. Peter got so angry. Brothers, though. Not enemies, not friends, but brothers—able to live in the same house. He won’t hate me, he’ll just leave me alone. And when he wants to play buggers and astronauts, maybe I won’t have to play, maybe I can just go read a book.
But Ender knew, even as he thought it, that Peter wouldn’t leave him alone. There was something in Peter’s eyes, when he was in his mad mood, and whenever Ender saw that look, that glint, he knew that the one thing Peter would not do was leave him alone. I’m practicing piano, Ender. Come turn the pages for me. Oh, is the monitor boy too busy to help his brother? Is he too smart? Got to go kill some buggers, astronaut? No, no, I don’t want your help. I can do it on my own, you little bastard, you little Third.
“This won’t take long, Andrew,” said the doctor.
“It’s designed to be removed. Without infection, without damage. But there’ll be some tickling, and some people say they have a feeling of something missing. You’ll keep looking around for something, something you were looking for, but you can’t find it, and you can’t remember what it was. So I’ll tell you. It’s the monitor you’re looking for, and it isn’t there. In a few days that feeling will pass.”
The doctor was twisting something at the back of Ender’s head. Suddenly a pain stabbed through him like a needle from his neck to his groin. Ender felt his back spasm, and his body arched violently backward; his head struck the bed. He could feel his legs thrashing, and his hands were clenching each other, wringing each other so tightly that they arched.
“Deedee!” shouted the doctor. “I need you!” The nurse ran in, gasped. “Got to relax these muscles. Get it to me, now! What are you waiting for!”
Something changed hands; Ender could not see. He lurched to one side and fell off the examining table. “Catch him!” cried the nurse.
“Just hold him steady—”
“You hold him, doctor, he’s too strong for me—”
“Not the whole thing! You’ll stop his heart—”
Ender felt a needle enter his back just above the neck of his shirt. It burned, but wherever in him the fire spread, his muscles gradually unclenched. Now he could cry for the fear and pain of it.
“Are you all right, Andrew?” the nurse asked.
Andrew could not remember how to speak. They lifted him onto the table. They checked his pulse, did other things; he did not understand it all.
The doctor was trembling; his voice shook as he spoke. “They leave these things in the kids for three years, what do they expect? We could have switched him off, do you realize that? We could have unplugged his brain for all time.”
“When does the drug wear off?” asked the nurse.
“Keep him here for at least an hour. Watch him. If he doesn’t start talking in fifteen minutes, call me. Could have unplugged him forever. I don’t have the brains of a bugger.”
• • •
He got back to Miss Pumphrey’s class only fifteen minutes before the closing bell. He was still a little unsteady on his feet.
“Are you all right, Andrew?” asked Miss Pumphrey.
“Were you ill?”
He shook his head.
“You don’t look well.”
“You’d better sit down, Andrew.”
He started toward his seat, but stopped. Now what was I looking for? I can’t think what I was looking for.
“Your seat is over there,” said Miss Pumphrey.
He sat down, but it was something else he needed, something he had lost. I’ll find it later.
“Your monitor,” whispered the girl behind him.
“His monitor,” she whispered to the others.
Andrew reached up and felt his neck. There was a bandaid. It was gone. He was just like everybody else now.
“Washed out, Andy?” asked a boy who sat across the aisle and behind him. Couldn’t think of his name. Peter. No, that was someone else.
“Quiet, Mr. Stilson,” said Miss Pumphrey. Stilson smirked.
Miss Pumphrey talked about multiplication. Ender doodled on his desk, drawing contour maps of mountainous islands and then telling his desk to display them in three dimensions from every angle. The teacher would know, of course, that he wasn’t paying attention, but she wouldn’t bother him. He always knew the answer, even when she thought he wasn’t paying attention.
In the corner of his desk a word appeared and began marching around the perimeter of the desk. It was upside down and backward at first, but Ender knew what it said long before it reached the bottom of the desk and turned right side up.
Ender smiled. He was the one who had figured out how to send messages and make them march—even as his secret enemy called him names, the method of delivery praised him. It was not his fault he was a Third. It was the government’s idea, they were the ones who authorized it—how else could a Third like Ender have got into school? And now the monitor was gone. The experiment entitled Andrew Wiggin hadn’t worked out after all. If they could, he was sure they would like to rescind the waivers that had allowed him to be born at all. Didn’t work, so erase the experiment.
The bell rang. Everyone signed off their desks or hurriedly typed in reminders to themselves. Some were dumping lessons or data into their computers at home. A few gathered at the printers while something they wanted to show was printed out. Ender spread his hands over the child-size keyboard near the edge of the desk and wondered what it would feel like to have hands as large as a grown-up’s. They must feel so big and awkward, thick stubby fingers and beefy palms. Of course, they had bigger keyboards—but how could their thick fingers draw a fine line, the way Ender could, a thin line so precise that he could make it spiral seventy-nine times from the center to the edge of the desk without the lines ever touching or overlapping. It gave him something to do while the teacher droned on about arithmetic. Arithmetic! Valentine had taught him arithmetic when he was three.
“Are you all right, Andrew?”
“You’ll miss the bus.”
Ender nodded and got up. The other kids were gone. They would be waiting, though, the bad ones. His monitor wasn’t perched on his neck, hearing what he heard and seeing what he saw. They could say what they liked. They might even hit him now—no one could see them anymore, and so no one would come to Ender’s rescue. There were advantages to the monitor, and he would miss them.
It was Stilson, of course. He wasn’t bigger than most other kids, but he was bigger than Ender. And he had some others with him. He always did.
Don’t answer. Nothing to say.
“Hey, Third, we’re talkin to you, Third, hey bugger-lover, we’re talkin to you.”
Can’t think of anything to answer. Anything I say will make it worse. So will saying nothing.
“Hey, Third, hey, turd, you flunked out, huh? Thought you were better than us, but you lost your little birdie, Thirdie, got a bandaid on your neck.”
“Are you going to let me through?” Ender asked.
“Are we going to let him through? Should we let him through?” They all laughed. “Sure we’ll let you through. First we’ll let your arm through, then your butt through, then maybe a piece of your knee.”
The others chimed in now. “Lost your birdie, Thirdie. Lost your birdie, Thirdie.”
Stilson began pushing him with one hand; someone behind him then pushed him toward Stilson.
“See-saw, marjorie daw,” somebody said.
This would not have a happy ending. So Ender decided that he’d rather not be the unhappiest at the end. The next time Stilson’s arm came out to push him, Ender grabbed at it. He missed.
“Oh, gonna fight me, huh? Gonna fight me, Thirdie?”
The people behind Ender grabbed at him, to hold him.
Ender did not feel like laughing, but he laughed. “You mean it takes this many of you to fight one Third?”
“We’re people, not Thirds, turd face. You’re about as strong as a fart!”
But they let go of him. And as soon as they did, Ender kicked out high and hard, catching Stilson square in the breastbone. He dropped. It took Ender by surprise—he hadn’t thought to put Stilson on the ground with one kick. It didn’t occur to him that Stilson didn’t take a fight like this seriously, that he wasn’t prepared for a truly desperate blow.
For a moment, the others backed away and Stilson lay motionless. They were all wondering if he was dead. Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance. To keep them from taking him in a pack tomorrow. I have to win this now, and for all time, or I’ll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.
Ender knew the unspoken rules of manly warfare, even though he was only six. It was forbidden to strike the opponent who lay helpless on the ground; only an animal would do that.
So Ender walked to Stilson’s supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs. Stilson groaned and rolled away from him. Ender walked around him and kicked him again, in the crotch. Stilson could not make a sound; he only doubled up and tears streamed out of his eyes.
Then Ender looked at the others coldly. “You might be having some idea of ganging up on me. You could probably beat me up pretty bad. But just remember what I do to people who try to hurt me. From then on you’d be wondering when I’d get you, and how bad it would be.” He kicked Stilson in the face. Blood from his nose spattered the ground nearby. “It wouldn’t be this bad,” Ender said. “It would be worse.”
He turned and walked away. Nobody followed him. He turned a corner into the corridor leading to the bus stop. He could hear the boys behind him saying, “Geez. Look at him. He’s wasted.” Ender leaned his head against the wall of the corridor and cried until the bus came. I am just like Peter. Take my monitor away, and I am just like Peter.
Copyright © 1977, 1985, 1991 by Orson Scott Card
Meet the Author
Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it’s many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender’s Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien “Buggers”.
Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.
The novel-length version of Ender’s Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers’ workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series “The Tales of Alvin Maker” (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart’s Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card’s recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.
Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Date of Birth:
- August 24, 1951
- Place of Birth:
- Richland, Washington
- B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
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Title: Ender's Game Author: Orson Scott Card Genre: YA Science Fiction Publishing Information: 324 pages; January 1st, 1985 by Tor Science Fiction Series: Ender's Saga #1 Where I got it: Border's liquidation sale One sentence: When child genius six-year-old Ender Wiggin is recruited by the government as defense for a hostile alien race's next attack, his life changes forever in ways he could never imagine. Themes: Space, battle, war, kids, aliens, saving the world, Main character: 4/5 Ender was a fascinating, well-rounded character. He consistently felt older to me than his age, but because it had been thoroughly explained earlier in the novel, it was nothing that significantly turned me off. I particularly enjoyed Ender's struggle with his situation and his emotions and actions seemed reasonable and realistic. Ender is one of those characters who continue to be sympathetic, despite the fact that he is undoubtedly supposed to be a character whose smarts and abilities place him in a different league than most children. Secondary characters: 4/5 I especially loved the secondary characters because they were almost more human than Ender was. Petra was cute and bad-ass at the same time, Alai was sweet and I loved how he befriended Ender, and I adored Bean, who was spunky and an absolute riot. The struggles that Ender had making friends made those relationships even more fantastic and heart-warming. Writing style: 4/5 Card's writing style was built for a movie remake- the action scenes are intense and heart-stopping, the sentences short and quick to the point. I was slightly disappointed by the choppy sentences and the slightly juvenile style, but it seemed to move along well and I was rarely jolted out of the book. Plot: 5/5 Absolutely fantastic! I was a little nervous about the premise, but Card executed it brilliantly. I absolutely adored the battle tactics and politics in the system, which was complex and entertaining- exactly the sort of thing I love to read. Further, there are such deeper questions brought up by the ending that challenged my opinions and thoughts on the entire novel. Ending: 4.5/5 What a shocker. Honestly, the climax was so fantastic and shocking, but the final ending was something on its own. It brought up so many more questions and discussions that just brought a further level to the novel. Best scene: The climactic scene was just phenomenal- wow. Positives: Strong, compelling characters, fantastic plot, ending!!!! Negatives: A few weak characterizations, sometimes the writing was childish. First Line: I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one. Cover: A little retro- I wanted something a little more modern and mysterious. Verdict: So good! I really don't know what else to say. Even if you don't like science-fiction, definitely try this novel out. Rating: 8.6 / 10
Now that I read Ender's Game at the age of 25, I wish I would have read it 15 years earlier. The book is inspirational and I believe would motivate children to be the best that they can be. It's a great example of how important it is to think before you do. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down.
That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this.
Plot: It is the future. Earth has survived an attack from an insectile alien race – barely. Population control laws are in effect. Families are limited to 2 children. Young children are monitored to see if they have military potential, and those that show promise at an early age are whisked away to train in the military’s Battle School, in the hopes that by the time they reach adulthood, they will possess the necessary skills to defend the Earth, if the aliens – “buggers” – ever return. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is a rare third child in his family. His older brother and sister showed intellectual promise, but his brother was too ruthless and his sister too compassionate to qualify for Battle School. So the Wiggin parents were permitted a third chance to produce a military prodigy. And they succeeded. Ender is whisked away to Battle School at the ripe old age of 6. The School, located on a space station orbiting the Earth, is populated by military officers and child prodigies. Ender is one of the youngest. And these are not your average children. They train daily in space military tactics, weaponry, and combat. Although they are all at an age that we associate with Dora, Spongebob, and Hannah Montana, these kids are nothing like the children currently roaming your local elementary school hallway. They are calculating, intuitive, sometimes ruthless, always dangerous. One of the main focuses of the School is the battleroom, where the children are equipped with special suits and laser guns that allow them to fight each other in zero-gravity. On Ender’s first trip to the battleroom, it becomes quickly apparent that he is a cut above the other students. Some of his peers respect this. Some are threatened by it. And as Ender works his way up through the ranks of Battle School, his teachers take notice, and wonder if perhaps Ender is the child they’ve been waiting for. The child who can change everything. The child who can save Earth. Why I Love It: Don’t let the summary throw you off. Ender’s Game may be a book about children, but it is by no means a book for children. The children in this book are nothing like how we picture children (as the mother of an almost-6-year-old, I can say this pretty definitively). Everything about this book is aimed at an adult audience. Ender’s Game is not a thriller or adventure story, although some of the battleroom scenes are exciting. More than anything, it’s an examination of the mind of Ender Wiggin, the culture he lives in, and a world under military rule. And it’s all fascinating. Mr. Card writes Ender in a way that while you understand he is just a child, you can still be awed, chilled, and amazed at his thoughts and actions. As a matter of fact, all of the characters are interesting and intriguing, from his friends at the Battle School, to his sociopath brother Peter, to the Commander of the Battle School, Colonel Graff. There is a twist at the end of Ender’s Game. You may see it coming; you may not. I did, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book one bit. The fact that I have read this book over and over again, in spite of knowing the twist ending, speaks to the strong writing of the rest of the book. The book doesn’t exist just to throw you off at the end. The book exists to make you think, to draw you completely into the character of Ender, and to absorb you in the science-fiction world he lives in.
Worthy of the adjective "classic." Thought-provoking, intelligent, sensitive, exciting. Highly recommended!
Orson Scott Card goes into great detail developing characters as well as the main plot. Ender a six year old child prodigy was born to save the planet from an alien race. The war between the aliens and man has been going on for over 80 years by the time that Ender is recruited to go to the battle training center to spend the remainder of his childhood learning the art of warfare. Ender does not know that he has been specially chosen for the purpose of leading an armada of spaceships to attack the alien planet. Will he survive the training and live out his destiny? The book was an easy read, with a fast paced story that kept me interested throughout. I sat down and began reading twice and by the second time I got off the couch I had finished the book. Skip the long intro and get to the story it was worth the time spent.
Though this is unarguably a science fiction book, a wide variety of tastes will enjoy it. The main flavors of this book are of course sci-fi, but also military, morality, politics, and the human psyche. If you like to read at all, you enjoy at least one of those subjects. What hooked me the most was Card's ability to both express and question the idea of breaking down barriers of morality for the sake of saving humanity. This is a pattern throughout the book and can be seen in almost every character. Another unifying idea is that of inherent evil. Ender frequently wonders if he is like his violent and manipulative brother, Peter. Peter is an embodiment of uncontrolled emotions. He does things we only think of doing at our maddest. Ender is in a way like him, but his emotion and actions are controlled. He knows how to use his intelligence to his advantage without causing undue pain to others. This slight difference applies to our own lives. This book reminds us it doesn't matter if we have power, but what we do with it. All in all, this is a great read. It is imaginative yet clearly thought out. I look forward to reading the sequential books.
Ive bought this book 4 different times!!! Every time i loan it to someone i dont get it back. Not that i blame them its the first space based book i ever read and still one to read on a nice slow day. HIGHLY recommend to readers of all genre's it will get you thinking.
The next bugger (alien) war is about to happen and Earth still has no commander for their army. After watching Andrew (Ender) Wiggin through a monitor for several years, Colonel Graff, head of the battle school that trains their students for war, thinks that, the very young, Ender could possibly be the world’s only hope. Ender gets put into battle school and creates rivals almost instantaneously and hardly has any very close friends. He goes through the troubles of dealing with his friends, enemies and stressful changes in rules throughout his education before getting put into command school, where things are no better than they were at battle school. Even before actually reading anything about this book, it seemed so fascinating just by the looks of its cover and it also looked like it would be a very futuristic novel that would be very intriguing and hard to put down. After actually reading it, it turned out to be what I thought it would. It was such a page turner and really gets you interested. The book is so descriptive that you can literally see everything happening in the book, inside your head. In my opinion, Ender’s Game, is a great book for people who are 13+ (mostly teenagers). It becomes so hard to even put it down and I would say that it deserves 5 stars out of 5. It is so interesting to read about the troubled life of the young, Ender who works his way through battle school and command school to become the next war commander. It takes you to another place in your head and the descriptiveness of the book allows you to feel like you are watching a movie inside your head about what’s happening in the book as you read further through the chapters. I think that Ender’s Game was a very descriptive, futuristic and fascinating novel and do highly recommend it for teens who love to read.
Science fictions are definately not my favorite genre of books. However my friend convinced me to read Ender's Game, and I am so glad he did! I read the book in one afternoon- easy read but definately worth it. It was captivating and kept me guessing from beginning to end.
Orson Scott Card says his books are meant to be heard more than read, and the cast of narrators for Ender's Game is phenomenal. This book has been billed as YA and it does ok in that genre, but I find I get something more out of the book (the series, really), every time I listen. And Since I first "read" (listened to) this book in 2006, I get the urge to listen to it pretty much once or twice a year, despite the way my "to-read" list keeps growing. Ender's Game is full of emotion, politics, children you tend to forget are so young, and the war of several lifetimes. And yet, that somehow doesn't begin to describe its depth and complexity. Just pick it up; you won't regret it.
YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK I think this is the best Si-Fi book I have ever sat down and read. I couldn’t stop reading it the moment I picked it. All I can say it is slow in the beginning but it gets better as it goes on. Maybe around chapter 7, salamander.
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card, tells the exciting story of a young boy, Ender Wiggins, who is put through an elite military battle school, in space. Faced with constant stress, pressure and nightmares from his past, Ender must become the boy genious the world so desperately needs or face the end of humanity. Ender is a "Third". A title that puts any child through constant persecution, but being a third can save the world. As he continues through battle school he is forced into tough challenges and situations in the so call "games". But once rules are changed and the games become unfair Ender begins to realize it's no longer a game. He soon meets the famous Mazer Rackham, an accidental hero, who test and trains hom. Ender, with the help of his closest friends, continue through "the game" to discover that they had ended the Bugger Wars. I highly recomend this book. once you've started reading you can't put the book down. Honestly, I hope the movie doesn't, once again, ruin something so great.
I first read this in sixth grade and I reread it recently. I have absolutely loved this book and could read it a million times. I highly recommend Speaker for the Dead and the rest of the Ender Saga.
Ender's Game (and the entire series for that matter) is often missed and overlooked by readers due to it's Sci Fi appearance, story line, and cover art. I am by no means a SciFi reader and normally despise this kind of work, however this book is so much more than that. It has a solid story line, terrific characters, and it is a true piece of literary artwork. I am an avid reader but have not ready many (if any) books that can keep up with what Orson Scott Card has done here. It is truly one in a million.
Really good story!
Ender’s Game The book I read was called Ender’s Game. It is about a kid named Ender who lives in a world where you are protected for the first couple years of your life. That device is called the “Monitor”. Ender just got his taken away and the first thing he does, does not make a good impression of him. He gets bullied on the bus and does some serious damage to the kid. When a imperial solider comes to his family’s house he knows what it is for the beating up the kid. It is not. The soldiers actually want him to come up to basically war school. They tried to get his brother and sister to go and they did. But his brother was too aggressive and killed someone and got iced which means he got kicked out. They took in his sister hoping she would be calmer. But she was to calm. They now think that he will be in-between. Ender is not doing well. He has made no new friend they teach him to fight against the enemy witch they called the “buggers” . They fight in simulation fighting. Were you talk into a mic and tell the people what to do. At the end, ender thinks it is a game, but is it? Read the book to find out! This book is not for everyone and most love it. You have to be into fantasy/futuristic things while the action is still packed in. I loved it. I stayed up every night reading it.
I picked this up out of my teacher's library as something to read when we had a substitute. I'm so glad I did. I could not put it down and ended up borrowing the book so I could finish it. I found over all to be a phenomenal read and later bought a copy for my own book collection. It has a full plot full of fantastic characters, adventures and twists and turns in unpredictable ways. I loved it so much it's found its was back into my to be read pile.
A thrilling exploration of space and the alternative education of children. Card reaches in and starts to shape Ender and his gang almost immediately. His pace is very quick, expecting us to keep up with him. Ender is likeable. We want to see him as the hero; and when we start to doubt, we work hard to find his humanity. The problems faced are some of childhood's most painful ones: being excluded from a group of other children playing; learning to make friends; and having to choose between what is right and what would be a popular decision. No spoilers but you'll continue to love our little guy right to the very end!
Loved how twisted the plot was with the Adults and the manipulation of the children. The underlying political and religious themes were great too. The character of Ender is so well written that you really feel for this kid and by the end of the book I have to say, I was sad. I loved the thought process of Ender and how you could feel the depths of his despair, delight in his genius, rejoice in his victories...great job on the character. Nothing was predictable to me about the story line and it was a quick easy read.
I really like the talent that Orson has on describing something no matter how hard it is in a way that everyone can picture it,besides he really make you love or sometimes hate the characters in his books.This is my second book from him,first was Pathfinder (waiting for the second one on November) and in both of them he show me that he has a spot on my list of top favorites writers.