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5 stars

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) – Orson Scott Card

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Let me first start off by saying that I originally thought this was going to be some kind of Stephen Spielberg type of book like E.T or Super 8 but I was wrong!

This is a fantastic book.  It is superbly written.  It is not necessarily fast paced but the story is extremely engaging.  I was hooked from the start.  I read it in one day!  It is a somewhat dark story because “Ender” is a very sad child/genius/creation who does not want to hurt anyone but it’s in him and he gives into it, not always unnecessarily, but he lets that helpless feeling rule him.  He is constantly bullied and tormented yet he goes on.  “Ender’s” character is very easy to have empathy and sympathy for whether you are a child or adult.  I think we all have a little bit of “Ender” in us.

It is an easy to follow storyline with only one exception: there are times when military personnel are discussing “Ender’s” progress and it was hard for me to tell who was speaking to who and when it occurred.  That was about the only complaint I had, well that and the fact that I was given this book for my birthday in June and my brother “conveniently” forgot to tell me that this book is apart of a quadrology so I do not have the rest of the books yet, BUT I WILL!

Think of it as a cross between, War Games, Hunger Games and Battlestar Galactica…the first book at least 🙂

There is a little bit of language but nothing too over the top and some of the fighting can get a little rough but it’s not too bad either.  I would recommend for pre-teen and up.

List of Books in Order:

First Meetings in Ender’s Universe (Ender’s Saga #.05)…Novella on Ender’s father

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1)

War of Gifts (Ender’s Saga # 1.5)…Novella on forbidden religious holidays at Battle School

Speaker For The Dead (Ender’s Saga #2)

Ender in Exile (Ender’s Saga #2.5)…Novella on the lost years of Ender between the ages 12-35

Xenocide (Ender’s Saga #3)

Children of the Mind (Ender’s Saga #4)

Major motion picture to be release in 2013!

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