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27 January 2012 / getrus

Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card

In the past year I have managed to read Ender’s Game twice.  I absolute loved it.  It is the story of the childhood (if you can call it that) of Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggen.  He is a third child in a society where one child in a family is the norm.  He is sent to a special school when he is six.  A battle school.

In battle school Ender is the youngest and smallest in the newest class.  But he quickly shows that he can overcome any obstacle and is soon transferred to a higher class and begins to fight in the games which they have against the other teams.  He also plays games which have battle scenarios on his desk.  All of this goes on for awhile with Ender becoming more and more isolated not only because he is younger than most of the other children he fights with.  After a couple of years he is given his own command and leads them to victory almost every single battle, even when there are unfair odds.

Eventually, he graduates and is offered to train at officer school.  It is at this point he decides he doesn’t want to be a soldier anymore.  Valentine (his sister) is enlisted to help change his mind.  She was the only one who he ever cared enough about.  Somehow she manages to convince him to go.

At officer school he trains and eventually is put through a rigorous test  to see if he has what it takes to lead an army against the Buggers.  (A different species from another planet  that had attacked and killed Earth over fifty years before he was born.)  Well, Ender passes the tests with flying colors, and in one of the simulations destroys their home planet.  Unknown to him he was actually commanding squadrons which were facing the buggers first hand, making him a hero.

I left out the whole subplot of Valentine and Peter (Ender’s brother) being very influential under pen names on Earth.

Orson Scott Card is an amazing writer and having read two more in the Ender’s series and a couple of his other books I can say this with justification that I will be reading more of his books in the future.  Even rereading some.

****(four stars)

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