I first read this book when i was ten years old and it has stuck with me ever since. I've bought and lost/given away at least half a dozen copies because I think any and everyone who likes science fiction should pick it up. I don't know if I would suggest it to the younger crowd even though I read it when I was ten there are several graphic scenes that may not sit well with children younger than thirteen.
Set in a futuristic earth where the military controls everything from the schools, to the amount of children you are allowed to have, Ender Wiggin, a Third, is picked up and sent to learn the ways of war in a battle school floating who knows how far off in space. Simultaneously Card follows Enders elder siblings on Earth. Peter, a devilishly smart sadist with plans of world domination. And Valentine, Ender's sister who's as loving as peter is evil and just as smart.
Every chapter begins with a section of separate text that comes from the "Big Wigs" running the show behind the screen that gives you just enough to keep you running along this book at full speed. The world is recovering from an alien invasion years prior and looks to its children for salvation. considering the long drawn out process of training them to be elite soldiers they take them at early ages to practice strenuous hours in what is known as a battle room. a sophisticated zero gravity chamber where mock battles are held. Ender is a child who was born to fight off offenses. Born a Third to his family in a society that dictates two per household. He is nothing to the higher ups than a bred experiment for their molding and he is determined to beat them at their own games...every time.
Without giving away any spoilers I will say that the ending was one I did not foresee and i believe it is one of the reasons i keep returning to this book. It is truly one that says something different to me every time i read it, no matter what age I am.
Orson Scott Card I salute you.
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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 ...