Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre(s): War, Aliens
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.