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“I first read this book in 6th grade. Since, I have reread many of the books I loved from when I was a boy, but most of them aren't as good as I remember. Ender's Game though, is
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“Great insight into the controlling relationship between adults and children in a sci-fi setting. Also, good themes of games, war, innocence, and politics--though the politics comes
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“I agree with Scotman on this one. Ender is put in a military like school where he is required to play simulated video war games which turn out to be not so "simulated." Difficult
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“Orson Scott Card's classic work of science fiction. Children are taken by the government to train in simulated war games so they can later defeat an alien intergalactic force.
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“A great introductory science fiction book even for fairly young kids, but it holds up well for adults. An interesting plot, great characters, and complexity -- without overly
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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. Back on Earth, Peter and Valentine forge an intellectual alliance and attempt to change the course of history.

This futuristic tale involves aliens, political discourse on the Internet, sophisticated computer games, and an orbiting battle station. Yet the reason it rings true for so many is that it is first and foremost a tale of humanity; a tale of a boy struggling to grow up into someone he can respect while living in an environment stripped of ...

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ISBN-10: 0765342294
ISBN-13: 9780765342294
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre: Science Fiction

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