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Ender’s Game

Posted by nliakos on November 6, 2011

by Orson Scott Card (T0R 1985, 1991–“Author’s Definitive Edition)

I am not a great aficionado of science fiction (although I do love fantasy); perhaps the only sci fi novel I really love is Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis (who also wrote the Chronicles of Narnia); I didn’t even care much for the sequels. But Ender’s Game came highly recommended by my cousin Phil, and although it took me several years to get around to reading it, I finally did.

When the story begins, Ender (Andrew Wiggin) is a mere six years old. He lives on a future Earth that has been attacked twice by the extraterrestrial “buggers”, huge, intelligent insect-like beings which are assumed to be planning a third attack with the aim of wiping out humanity so they can take over the earth. Because he is gifted in various ways, Ender is taken from his family (his parents, his beloved sister, and his monster brother) and sent to Battle School, where he deals with bullies and learns to fight in zero gravity. He spends five or six years there and then is abruptly transferred to Command School, where he is taught by an old man who beat the buggers off when he was young. This man tells Ender that he will continue his training to defeat the evil buggers. However, the training is not what it seems.

The reader cannot help but like and admire Ender, who is both brave and kind. His worst fear is that he is a natural killer, like his brother Peter. But we know that he is at heart a gentle genius.

I am not sure I would want to read other books in the series, but I did enjoy this one, and it provides a lot of food for thought.

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