Review: Ender’s Game

Read: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Stars: Four

Drinking: Wild Blueberry Fruit Tea, Bar Harbor Tea Company

Yes, folks, my first challenge book of the year, and it was a science fiction classic.  Although I have heard much about Card, I’ve never read any of his novels.I have no idea why.  The book is fantastic.  Card explores so many themes in his dystopic approach to a war story: childhood; humanity versus inhumanity; the idea of the other as an enemy; and the struggle to stay human despite all efforts to dehumanize.

The story is, of course, about Ender Wiggen, a special permission third child.  Ender is a genius born specifically to be perfect to lead the human fleet against the alien buggers should they attack Earth again.  He is chosen for the International Fleet’s Battle School, where he faces many of Card’s themes.  It’s not just a story about Ender, however.

Peter and Valentine, Ender’s brother and sister, are equally as intelligent and manipulative, if not more, than Ender himself.  I found that their side plot of manipulations on Earth to be fascinating.

The ending of the book, however, was what made it for me.  I am looking forward to reading the next installment in the series to find out the implications of Ender’s final game.  I highly recommend this classic!

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Author: Lisa Fry

Freelance Writer & Editor. Book lover. Feminist. International development professional

3 thoughts on “Review: Ender’s Game”

  1. I have read the books after Ender's Game, and they get a bit weird, but there is a parallel series about Bean that I liked better, if you want to check that out. I think the first one is called Ender's Shadow. ??? Shadow puppets. ??? Dunno…I am sure it isn't hard to find out with good ol' google.

  2. I agree that this was a really good book and enjoyed it. Though at some points in the middle of the book, it dragged and then all of a sudden the book ended. While I liked the ending, it just came so fast compared with the pace of the rest of the book that I actually had to go back and reread the last few chapters because I couldn't believe it was over.

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