Title: Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Length: 324 pages
Genre: Science Fiction //Young Adult
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
There are many, many books in this universe. A great amount of them are amazing. Few are fantastic. Ender’s Game is one of the fantastic few. I first read this novel in high school at the behest of my then-boyfriend (now husband). He told me that it was incredible and one of his favorite stories. As soon as I completed the first chapter, I knew it would be one of my favorites as well. How can I describe this book to you? How can I make you understand how awesome and rich it is? I’ll do my best.
Ender Wiggin is a third child in a world that only sanctions the birth of two children per family. The children in the Wiggin family are all brilliant in their own right and Ender is something special among them. At a young age, he is drafted into the ominous Battle School and taken up into space to live out his young years. Without saying too much, I’ll give you the brief premise. Humanity is involved in a war against the elusive “Buggers”–a race of insect alien life that is bent on the destruction of the human race. Brilliant children are trained from a young age so that when they are adults, they may be perfect soldiers in this war. However, there is a secret underneath all the training. A secret that will astound you! What is the secret? I’m not going to tell you!! Go and read it!
Here is the blurb from Goodreads.
Without going into more plot detail (I’m hugely against spoilers), I will tell you that I’ve read this book three times and I adore it more and more every time. This book will change your perspective on the minds of highly intelligent children. It will challenge your thinking about war and motivations. This book will suck you in and you won’t want to put it down for more than a moment. Orson Scott Card is an incredibly talented writer who manages to make everything in this book seem real. You’re doing yourself a disservice NOT to read Ender’s Game. I also hear there’s a movie coming out soon, so you want to read this first. TRUST me.
I know without a doubt that I will be reading this book again and again and again over the years. It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I know if you give it a chance, it could be one of yours, too!