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.
Ender’s Game is a masterpiece. There’s no other way to describe it. Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of science fiction and I was really doubtful that I would enjoy reading this novel, but this book is incredible. The writing is so intelligent, the characters are so dynamic and the plot moves at the perfect pace.
The one thing it takes a while to get used to is the fact that all the children appear a lot older than they are. Sometimes, it is very difficult to remember that they are only six or seven years old when they’re talking like teenagers. Apparently, it’s one of the biggest criticisms of the novel. However, if you suspend disbelief at this element, what you’re left with are very interesting characters. I thought it was done purposely in order to stress the fact that they were intelligent, intellectually advanced soldiers and could never be mistaken as being simply children.
The relationships between Ender and everyone else were also so important and so sincere. He was shown to be their leader and their commander, but not their friend. The whole book revolves around Ender’s isolation from his friends and family in order to do what had to be done. It’s so heartbreaking, but we’re forced to see the necessity of it. Consequently, there’s nobody to hate. At one point or another, you find yourself sympathizing with all of the characters.
Even though I’m a huge fan of this book, I don’t think I will be reading any more of the series. In my eyes, the book ended perfectly and I’m completely satisfied. I will be recommending this book to all my friends. It’s emotionally complex with a lot of layers. I’m officially a huge fan of Orson Scott Card. Read this book!
- ‘Ender’s Game’: First Look! (insidemovies.ew.com)