Book Review: Enders Game

Enders Game

Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre(s): War, Aliens

Synopsis wrote:
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.


For fans of reading, the few of us still out there, there comes a point when a book just clicks with the mind and just becomes all one can think about. Being a big fan of books myself, I was not able to find this special book until stumbling upon Ender’s Game in the library one day. Since reading this book the first time, I have probably glanced through the same words that I can remember line by line about fifty times since.

There are a number of reasons why this book is so good and so appealing to fans of the science fiction genre. Having won Nebula and Hugo awards, Orson Scott Card has an established masterpiece in the community that is well known around the States. Upon reading this novel the first time, a reader will find that the book flows well and feels fun to read. The battle scenes are something that anyone can enjoy, as they are easy to picture and described in detail. These sequences make it easy to forget that the combatants in the said battle are simply kids that should be in elementary or middle school.

The characters as a whole are well written and given depth. Ender, the title character, is one that the readers will initially root for because of his strength and determination. Even when he has brief collapses, the reader is confident he will find a few to prevail. Peter, Ender’s brother, is a character that readers will initially despise and end up feeling good about. Without giving away too much, Peter is clearly a changed character by novel’s end who is as much a fighter for good as Ender is. Other than those two, Ender is surrounded by many fellow schoolmates at his Battle School that help in his development as a soldier and more importantly as a person. If I had time to, I would discuss in depth what each of these characters brings to the table, but for now I will just leave it at that every one of them could have their own book and be interesting in it.

As mentioned before, Ender’s Game is a book that can be, and should be, read more than once. I can’t count the number of small details, some of which were critical to the plot, I missed through the first or second reading. These details are what makes this book such a terrific read.

Overall if a reader is looking for a book that is good fun and offers multi-dimensional characters and plot development, Ender’s Game is a great sci-fi novel to start with. It is my favorite book by far, and I am sure that any reader who picks it up will find it is his or hers as well after finishing.

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