Read: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
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!