Ender's Game

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Ender's Game Book Summary

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

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.

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Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card Reviews

  • Awesome

    By Rlily066
    Best book ever!!!! I would so recommend it for anyone who likes war and space!!!!!
  • Very cool

    By Seanfcassatt
  • Awesome book!

    By Pajjamy goat
    Awesome, simply awesome.
  • Outstanding Book

    By asdfghjkxhhwgvNbxkxhkcrt
    The book was kind of slow starting off which in the beginning made me reluctant to read it. There were also many complex parts that required rereading and back tracking to previous texts to understand what was going on. So if you're into a basic/simple book this isn't for you. However, if you do like an interesting read and a wonderful story this book is perfect. It had me at the edge of my seat numerous times. I was so impressed with this book I couldn't put it down. It constantly had me feeling sad, happy, angry, excited, nervous, and generally all over the place. I love this book and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

    By Gufigle354
    This book is definitely one of my favorites. It is filled with plenty of mind games and plot twists so definitely consider this one if you like active/entertaining books. Although it may seem long.... It is absolutely worth it (this is coming from someone who hates reading)
  • Still my favorite..

    By Mofowithabow
    I read this book when I was 11 years old, after having purchased it based solely on the back cover from a Scholastic book fair. It rapidly became my favorite book of all time, and I recently gave my daughter a copy of it to read. she made it halfway through the book the first night. She is 14 and enthralled with the book as I was. First Warning: DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE BEFORE READING THE BOOK. While the movie is excellent based on its own, in comparison to the book it can't hold a candle. There is way too much inside Ender's mind that a movie cannot recreate, although it made a fair attempt. Also, the storyline is slightly different (minor side story items anyway). Second Warning: IF YOU KNOW A SMALL CHILD WHO IS SUPREMELY SMART, YOU WILL NOT LOOK AT THEM THE SAME. Nothing quite like watching a small child in a book DESTROY his enemies with good reason when they are larger than him. This is something the movie never quite captures... You have to remember that when Ender is winning, and ends up winning a war, he is 12.... His first victories start showing at 6.. I love this book. I have the iBooks copy, two paperback copies, and am seriously contemplating purchasing the audio book as I LOVE this story. From 11 to my current age of 36, I have read the entire series numerous times, but the book that started it all is the best. Always will be.
  • Awesome

    By Drewhjelmstad
    Just read it
  • The BEST book I've EVER Read

    By DancingDairyCow313
    I've been interested in sci-fi for a long time, and was drawn to this book. I have read this book approximately ten times and counting. The story is compelling, leaving you shocked, and pleased at every turn. This is a book that is so great that it will leave you sad when the book is at a close. I cried when Ender cried, laughed when Ender laughed, and was thoroughly intrigued and interested by this wonderful book. This book touches you deep, in the best possible way. I was literally sitting there, in language arts, crying at a part of this book. The book absorbs you so much that you don't notice that little smirk you get every time something goes right, or the grin you get when Ender is happy. This book, in a way, changed my life. The plot line is like anything else out there. This is a must read. *Side note~ I am a seventh grader providing this review. I first got in to this series in the fifth grade* The movie adaptation is a must see too! Asa Butterfield brings life to the complex book character!
  • A Well Told Tale

    By Dwardeng
    I enjoyed Ender's Game. I've been reading science fiction since I was 10 and have read pretty well all the classics and then some for 50 years. This is right up there with some of better alien invasion stories. That being said, it's a very human story that concentrates on child psychology, brilliant children specifically, and their relationships with the adult world. Ender is a heroic figure as one would expect, and a genius. I loved the little twist at the end. Also, the paperback edition that I read has the first chapter of the next book in the series- Ender's Shadow.
  • Amazing

    By Redfox52
    Ender's Game is one of my favorite books. Orson Scott Card has written a fantastic story mainly surrounding two separate stories: the story of Ender working up the ranks in battle school and a story on Earth focusing on his siblings, Valentine and Peter. It's a book that's nearly impossible to put down and really delves into the character of Ender, who's incredibly complex and compelling. The only thing that I have a gripe with this book for is the final chapter. I understand that this book wasn't originally supposed to be made and was only made as a prequel to Speaker for the Dead, but the final chapter seems so rushed compared to the rest of the book, and the characters act so differently than they had otherwise that it almost feels like the author originally wrote the book as a separate adventure and added in the characters like Ender and Valentine late into development. While the final chapter is rushed, the overall book is extremely enjoyable, and Speaker for the Dead is fortunately nothing like the final chapter of this book. 9.5/10, would book again.

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