Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

enderThe only novel I’ve ever loved better than a Harry Potter book, Ender’s Game is my number-one favorite novel. Author Orson Scott Card thrusts us into a future in which humanity is threatened by an alien society, known as “the Buggers” (they resemble giant insects). The Buggers have attacked the earth twice already, so the government is preparing for the Third Invasion by recruiting high-potential children, and training them to become soldiers in an outer space Battle School. Cheated of their childhoods, these children are a generation of warriors, thinking and speaking only of strategy and warcraft on sophisticated adult levels, while they must fight one another in an endless series of simulated battle games in zero gravity.

After six-year-old child genius Andrew “Ender” Wiggin consents to leave the earth and his family to attend Battle School, he realizes that his instructors are deliberately putting him into situations that cause the other recruits to hate him. Detested and out-casted, Ender utilizes his extraordinary talent, intelligence, and skill to win battles, earn respect, and eventually gain a small but loyal following of friends. Young Ender learns that he’s expected to become the greatest soldier of all, and that the fate of humanity – and the earth itself – rests on his shoulders.

Ender’s Game is an epic, intelligent, and masterful work of science fiction, with unforgettable characters and thought-provoking psychological, philosophical, and political concepts. One of the few books I’ve read more than once, and one I strongly recommend!

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