Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards
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 the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
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Critics generally received Ender's Game well. The novel won the Nebula Award for best novel in 1985, and the Hugo Award for best novel in 1986, considered the two most prestigious awards in science fiction. Ender's Game was also nominated for a Locus Award in 1986.
New York Times writer Gerald Jonas admits that the novel's plot summary reads like a "grade Z, made-for-television, science-fiction-rip off movie", but then says that Card develops the elements well despite this "unpromising material". Jonas further praises the development of the character Ender Wiggin: "Alternately likable and insufferable, he is a convincing little Napoleon in short pants."
Much of the negative criticism the book has received stems from the novel's violence and the way Card justifies the violent actions of Ender Wiggin. Elaine Radford's review, "Ender and Hitler: sympathy for the superman", criticizes the novel on several points. She likens Ender Wiggin to Adolf Hitler and criticizes the violence in the novel, particularly at the hands of the protagonist. Radford's criticisms are echoed in John Kessel's essay "Creating the Innocent Killer: Ender's Game, Intention, and Morality". Kessel reasons that Card justifies Ender's righteous rage and violence: "Ender gets to strike out at his enemies and still remain morally clean. Nothing is his fault."
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1 . A brilliant read for any Young Adult
Posted July 20, 2010 by Wayne Anderson , Brighton, COThis book provides a unique perspective set in the world of science fiction of a young student making his way through the situations of the time. Blessed with an incredible intellect and separated out by his very birth status, this book is as much about the journey of a child and teen to forge his own identity as it is about the science fictional universe that surrounds Ender, the primary character.
This book is a must-have for any child in your life between 10 and 18 years of age, that much more for those having trouble with the question of identity in thier teen years. Fun, engaging, and fast paced, this book is likely to keep the young reader coming back.
2 . Awesome Book
Posted July 19, 2010 by Kristyn , San Diego, CAI had to read this book my senior year of high school. It was one of the few school required books that I absolutely loved! I am so incredibly excited to discover there is more in the series (only read 2 in school). I actually started reading this to my 6 yr old son, and he loves it too!
3 . great
Posted June 27, 2010 by dennis , visalia CAthis is a great book so are the other books in the series. the order in which the books where witten does not fall in chronological order. read the other 10 books and see this story unfold.
4 . Classic
Posted June 14, 2010 by Tim , HoustonThis is one of the best books of the last century. Well worth the few hours you'll need, and you'll be ready to read the next in the series ASAP.
5 . just a really good book...outstanding
Posted June 04, 2010 by lover of books , HoustonRead this book years ago. Ran across it again as a adult. It was better the second time around.
6 . Incredible
Posted April 30, 2010 by Alex , TallahasseeThis book was recommended to me by numerous friends, both those who love science fiction and those who don't typically delve into the genre. This novel is a true work of genius by Orson Scott Card. It is undoubtedly his best work and quite possibly one of the very best science fiction novels of all time.
March 31, 2010
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