Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game  by  Orson Scott Card   description:

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.

enderBOOK 1: Ender’s Game   3 STARS

this was a really good book but I didn’t feel like I got into it until almost half way through… the beginning wasn’t bad or anything, but with it introducing the futuristic world and why everything is going on it took a little bit to pick up what he was putting down and really get the story going… it was an interesting view on why aliens might attack us as well as the possible problem with communicating with beings that’s understanding is different than ours… and trying to view life in a way that is completely alien to how we perceive it… it was a rather dark book as you watch Ender change and fight to keep it all together while being put under more and more pressure to be the best and fight against insurmountable odds… as well as watching kids who should be out playing games and hating school, be put in mock war scenarios and devising ways to kill aliens… it is rather intense and kind of sad but all together a book worth reading… I think it was ultimately the ending that made the story so great… once you’re able to see the full picture it truly makes the book so much more meaningful… 

Hopefully the rest of the series continues to be as thought provoking…


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