Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

A while ago I read somewhere that all fans of science fiction should read “Enders Game” by Orson Scott Card. While I am a huge science fiction and fantasy fan and thus am biased in this book review, this book has become one of my new favorite books, notice I did not say series, but more on that later. It is a young adult book and is not a hard read at all, although it does boast more than 300 pages. The action grips you right away and never lets up as you get sucked into this utopian world where children are trained to become commanders of the Earth’s fleet to fight aliens. There is violence in this book, however, it is not graphic and not for the sake of having violence but rather to push the storyline. I would recommend this to my more mature readers that like science fiction.  I did try to read the rest of the series but admit that after 100 pages of the second book I was done.  The first book stands by itself as a shining example of original  intense story -telling and many of my 5th grade boys have fallen in love with this book as well.  A for me, I have just ordered the whole series in paperback from Amazon and cannot wait to read what happens next.

From Goodreads:
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. 

Bottomline: Fantastic science fiction story that will grip readers right away.  For more mature 5th graders and up or very mature 4th graders.  


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