Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 1985
Edition: Paperback (368 pages)
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cover Review: I love this cover! I love movie covers, actually.
Main Character: Ender Wiggins
The worldwide bestseller, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, with featured cover art from the major motion picture starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.
Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who?
Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.
Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. He excels in simulated war games. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game.
I started reading this book back before the movie came out, though I was reading too many books at the same time so I put it down for a bit. I ended up watching the movie, and as soon as I watched the movie I knew that I needed to pick the book back up and finish reading it.
The whole idea in this book is just so amazing. The fact that kids are chosen at a young age to go to Battle School and train against one another in order to find the strongest leaders is just such an interesting idea. The kids were all training in order to save the planet from the alien species that had attacked Earth many years before, though it's believed that the aliens are preparing for another fight, so the humans prepared by training their youngest children in order to sort out the smartest ones.
Ender, of course, is a genius. He exceeds greatly and he moves up the ladder at the school quite quickly. Ender has this way of looking at things and understanding exactly how to win. It's just pure genius. I really loved all of the people that Ender met at Battle School; many of them really liked Ender, though Ender made quite a few enemies as well, such as the leader of Dragon Army, Bonzo.
One of my favorite things about this novel is the connection that Ender had with his sister, Valentine. Even when Ender was so far gone or he just couldn't go on with what he was doing anymore, Valentine would show up and he would be completely okay because Valentine was such a comfort to him. Out of all of the people in the world, he felt closest to his sister, and it was just so cute. I really loved this book and I recently found out that there are spin-offs as well as sequels, so I'm definitely going to be buying those soon so I can read them and delve more into this amazing world!
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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