Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

RATING: StarStarStarStarStar

(Ender’s Saga #1)

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.

Literary Awards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (1986), Nebula Award for Best Novel (1985)

*****

I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly – I’ll beat you unfairly first.

MAGNIFICENT. IMMACULATE. GOLDEN.

Ender’s Game is un-FREAKIN’-believable. My review may not do justice to its pure awesomeness, but I will sure try to convert sci-fi non-readers into Ender believers ‘coz for sure it converted a non-sci-fi chick like me. =)

I sometimes forget that Ender is only six when he got recruited to Battle School and he is eleven or thirteen (I’m not sure) when the Third Invasion happened. The complexity of a child’s mind when pushed to isolation and fear was scary, but in Ender’s case, it was terrifyingly heartbreaking. I don’t like bullies, so I applaud Ender for defending himself whatever the cost. I love Ender for everything he is, and everything he doesn’t want to be. The contrasts of Ender’s traits is remarkably worked out by Card. Ender is afraid before he is brave. Ender adores his sister but hated her when she coaxed him to move on with his training. Ender doesn’t believe in violence but once he dwells in it, he’s cunning and ruthless. But beneath Ender’s brilliance in leadership and battle lies a boy who doesn’t want power… but acceptance. And friends. And love.

I like that the sci-fi element of this book is simple, easy to imagine and understand. No fancy names, just simple terms that I can easily adapt. Dr. Device, anyone? =) I love the Battle School part the most; it is where Ender developed into the promising fleet commander worth worshipping for. Hail, Ender Wiggin, Hail! The ending was bittersweet, but nonetheless satisfying.

Ender’s Game is simply excellent. Finally, I found a book that I thought deserved all the literary awards it got. So don’t wait too long to pick this up and read. Else, the buggers get you. LOL. Always remember: the Enemy Gate is Down!

I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.

#17 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

  1. Oh gosh, I have this book. I have this book, and it’s sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be read! I love your review of it – it really draws me in and makes me want to skip homework and required reading altogether to just curl up with it. xD Those three adjectives at the beginning of your review really draws a person in. I mean, magnificent? Golden? Immaculate?! Not many books get these labels, so I’m definitely going to put this book higher up on my priority list.

    Thanks!

    • Aaw, thank you for your kind words! Read it after your homework, then. 🙂 After reading chapter 1, i knew Ender’s Game is going to be epic. I hope you read it soon! It really is good, very very good.

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