Goodreads synopsis: 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.
Author: Orson Scott Card
Pages: 325 pgs
Rating: 4/5 stars
I really liked this book from beginning to end. Throughout the whole book it was action-packed which I loved the most about this book. I found the storyline was awesome in a way. But then I felt Ender had too much on his plate, so it felt like it was overboard. But then maybe that was the whole point of the story. At one point just after the mid-secion of the book, I sorta lost interest just a bit because what was happening at Command School had already happened when Ender was at the Battle of School.
I didn’t like the bullying that occurred within the book, but I guess if the bullying didn’t occur Ender wouldn’t have become stronger. Sci-fi is not really my type of read but what Orson has done is make me think twice about it 🙂 I felt as though the parents didn’t give two cents about Ender, which sorta pisses me off lol.
I really pitied Ender for one reason that no one cared about him and he was treated like a chess piece on the board. Being moved by authority. I really felt for him but then I was happy that he was a strong child who could take all this shit from other people. And when he did think he was going to explode or didn’t care, he would win.
I loved the ending of ‘Ender’s Game’. It was a beautiful. I mean out of all the stress Ender had went through he won the bugger’s war and he has chosen to look after the bugger ‘s queen which sorta changes the whole stereotype of them. It was good to hear that Valentine and Peter had come out quite good by becoming the power of Earth.
“Early to bed and early to rise,” Mazer intoned, “makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes.”