Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game details humanity fighting for its place in the universe against a force they don’t understand. The intelligence of younger generations is honed and seen as their only hope of salvation. That hope soon forms itself into a small boy called Ender, who must deal with the weight of the people of Earth on his shoulders.
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is a young boy of six when he is recruited to go to battle school. He leaves behind his compassionate and intelligent sister Valentine and his malevolent-genius brother Peter, not to mention parents that play little role in his life. At battle school, he endures training meant to prepare him to save the human race from the alien Buggers, with whom humanity is at war. Through various trials, Ender is faced with hardship and overcomes each problem with a cunning solution.
As Ender ages, the Bugger war advances, and it becomes more apparent that humanity is counting on him as a savior. Also revealed is the extent to which Ender’s life has been manipulated. The book comes to a crescendo when Ender is in his early teens. He and the friends he has made at battle school must put to the test what they have learned in order to prepare for saving humanity – if they can make it in time.
Ender is an admirable main character that you can’t help but root for. Again and again, he is forced to deal with things that no one should deal with, much less a little boy. Time after time, though, he comes through. The intelligence of children in this future world scenario is a very good thing to hope for. If only our children become the smarter and quicker of our race, then we will keep advancing.
The book is dull to me at some points because of all the military influence. It isn’t bad, but I have a distaste for anything that involves military references. I know that armies and such are often great things, I just often don’t care to read about them.
The “big reveal” in the book is surprising, but I half-expected it to happen. Others that have read the book I know have reported that it was stunning and amazing, but it did not leave me baffled. It was a very good twist, nonetheless.
I would recommend Ender’s Game based on a number of things. It is a good book, well written and marvelously put together. It is an excellent sci-fi tale and takes a great look at humanity and our future. I would advise people that this is definitely a book worth reading, but reserve the right to say that it will effect everyone differently. I also think it has a different effect on males, as they have the experience of growing up as a little boy, whereas I do not.
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012 – book # 14