I totally loved this book from start to finish. Anyone who is a fan of the Playstation/Nintendo genre will love it too. Future Earth is at war with a race of aliens. The only hope in defeating the aliens lies in have "computer game simulation" like skills. Children are trained in a military academy using all kinds of virtual war games. The training is inspired by the skills of a great leader who was able to rout the aliens in one of the few decisive battles that the Earth had ever won against the alien.
Endor, an outcast in society is thrust into the training academy where he proceeds to become possibly one of the greatest virtual game generals to ever train.
The book also brings into play the idea of "forced" population control. In order to have a child, you must be approved by the government. Though apparently not a big issue with regard to the rest of the book it is interesting anyway.
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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 ...