Ender’s Game

Ender's Game cover

by Orson Scott Card

Good book!  I’ve been on a sci-fi run lately, and they all surprise me with their ideas and points of view.  So thought-provoking, so intense.  I really enjoyed the Game and its intricacies, I couldn’t wait for their next match or to see how Ender would develop his leadership skills.  Although I did find the ages unrealistic.  Card writes that Ender is 6 when he is taken to battle school; the situation would be more feasible if he were 15.

I really like Card’s way of using omniscient voices.  In some stories such conventions leave me very confused and distracted, but in Ender’s Game, this extra tidbits have just the right effect.  It is well done indeed.

{From Wikipedia: Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Buggers (an insectoid alien race). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world’s most talented children, including the novel’s protagonist Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.}

… spoiler:

When they told Ender that it wasn’t a game and that he had just wiped out the entire enemy fleet and the home world I felt it as a real physical blow.  I wanted to scream at them, the trickery of it!  And they expect him to be happy about it?

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