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5 stars

The Game (The Game is Life #1) – Terry Schott

Synopsis:

The Game…
A virtual reality simulation played by over a billion children around the world. The best players are celebrities, adored and worshiped by countless fans. Zack is a superstar among players.
His final play may change the world, forever…

Review:

I loved this book.  I found it for free (as of 2-9-14) for Nook on Barnes and Noble, you can get it here.  I am always afraid of downloading books that are free just because I have been burned so many times but this one surprised me.  I could not put it down.  It only took me half a day to finish because I refused to leave that world and now I am left with a major book hangover.

I found the pace to be very well planned and even.  I fell for “Zack” easily, he doesn’t come across as arrogant or self righteous even though he is a superstar in the real world.  I can’t quite decide if his Patron is on his side or not yet…

I thought it would be difficult to separate when they were in the Game or in the real world while reading but it wasn’t.  It was relatively easy to follow.  The only hard time I had was keep straight the names of different people, especially when they referred to “Zack’s” past avatars.

There were some grammar errors but it was nothing to hinder the story which, to me, has been very well thought out.  There are twists and mysteries throughout and some do not get answered in this book like who exactly some people are in real life or in game life, making you WANT to read the second.

Barnes and Noble does not have the rest of these books so I will be ordering them from Amazon ASAP 🙂

I would recommend this for ANYONE who loves sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian.  There was no language that I can remember and no sex.

If I had to relate this to something else it would be a Matrix meets Ender’s Game meets [insert favorite dystopian novel].

List of Books in Order:

The Game

Digital Heretic

Interlude-Brandon

Virtual Prophet

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I went to see Ender’s Game in the theater yesterday and I just want to say that I was disappointed.  I know it’s always a bad idea to read a book BEFORE you see a movie but I didn’t know they were making the movie when I read it.

I was disappointed in the character development in the movie.  There was no building of the important relationships from the book.  There was no detail in how Ender became “friends” with some of the important characters like “Bean”.  I enjoyed how the book had Ender learn the specific skills that secondary character had and how he could use them.  There was none of that in the movie.  The movie never had Ender really broken down by bullying, seclusion, ect. which is what built his character into who he was.

I was also disappointed that they forwent the importance of the Mind Game Ender played in the book and how that related to reality.

The movie just fell flat for me.  While they did follow the book, it just glossed over a lot.  This movie could have been epic had they split it into 2 movies and filled it with much more detail and drama.

Ahh well you can’t have everything…a great book and a great movie to go with it 🙂

FYI…I do not agree with Orson Scott Card’s personal views, just simply loved the book.

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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!