Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

CD Audiobook CoverFinished listening to 12-21-08, rating 5/5, science fiction, pub. 1985

Ender Wigginis a six year old boy who is chosen for Battle School, after his older two siblings failed to make the cut.  He is sent to  school with other children who are the best of the best, but he is quickly established as the brightest hope.   The alien ‘buggers’ had invaded earth before and it is of vital importance that the International Fleet trains Ender in time to save the world from another attack.  Although he only had six years with his family, he is haunted by loving memories of his sister, Valentine, and fear of his brother, Peter and they affect his performance in both positive and negative ways.

Ender is six when he enters battle school and 11 or 12 at the end of the book.  It is easy to forget his age until his vulnerability shines through in his wanting friends or wanting his teachers to like him and it is at these times that your heart breaks for Ender.  The weight of the earth has been put on his small shoulders and at many times he almost breaks from the pressure.

I loved this book.  It was psychological, political, philosophical and just plain fun.  This book is perfect for all ages.  I listened to the Special 20th Anniversary Edition and it was wonderfully done (Of course it was also 10 1/2 hours, so prepare yourself!).

This is the first in the Ender series.

10 thoughts on “Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

  1. bermudaonion says:

    Ender’s Game is one of my son’s all time favorite books. He talked about it so much, I had to read it several years ago. I was surprised that I liked it.

    I was surprised at how well it translated to all ages.

  2. prfx says:

    I liked this one too.

    It’s really interesting (and redundantly redundant) to read Ender’s Shadow which is the exact same story from Bean’s perspective.

    When I chose it I had no idea there was a series, let alone 10 and counting! I’m not sure if I will read the whole series, but I will probably read Speaker for the Dead, the second one.

  3. Elena says:

    I’ve actually read this book! It really is a wonderful book. It appeals to my favorite part of stories which is: awesome characters. Ender is irresistible as far as intriguing people go!

    My son and I also read “Speaker for the Dead” and I highly recommend it as well. You get to see Ender again as well as some new, equally compelling characters!

    I love that you read this with your son! My husband was surprised I liked it because he thought it was a ‘guys’ book, but I think Ender also appeals to women because he is such a sympathetic character. I will be checking out Speaker for the Dead.

  4. Adam says:

    I just recently finished the fourth book in the Ender’s Game series. I’d highly suggest all of the books. Speaker for the Dead is brilliant on multiple levels, and Xenocide and Children of the Mind are also very good. If you read them though, I would suggest that you read Children of the Mind immediately after reading Xenocide, they were originally meant to be one book and work better read in succession.

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