Monday, August 1, 2011

Review'd: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Book Review;
Title: Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Published: July 15th 1994 by Tor Science Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Summary:
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

DeLibrarie (Nichole) Review:
I realize that this book is science fiction so it's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I really think that everyone should at least give this book a shot simply because of the ending; it makes it worth it. The middle is kinda slow, I'll admit, but if you push through to the end...well... just read it and you'll find out! The writing is intelligent and flows well. This story brings you to a new, different world full of challenges to overcome. It's a non-stop adventure that pulls you in and makes you wish to be as strong and brilliant as Ender is. You grow attached to him and his world and you can't stop reading until you find out what happens to Ender and to Earth.

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