Book Review: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Rating: 10/10

Who hasn’t read this book? Just what I thought, not many of you. The sad truth is that I had not read Ender’s Game until a couple of months ago. My daughter had read this book and recommended it to me, I always trust her recommendations so I gave it a read and I am happy that I did.

endersgame_coverFor those like me that have not read Ender’s Game yet let me give you a short synopsis. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card was published in 1985 by Tor Books. It won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, and is considered by many as one of the top 5 greatest Sci-Fi books of all time. It is listed as the first book in a quintet, but I will warn you, there are several other books based in the Ender Universe that will suck you in like a tornado. Ender’s Game tells the story of a boy name Ender (makes sense so far) who gets involved in a military training program (the game) to prepare to defend Earth from some invading bugs from space.

Now, before you think this is some typical sci-fi storyline here, I will warn you that you are so wrong. Orson Scott Card (to be known as OSC form now on in this review) is a master of story twists. Because I want anyone that has not read it to be as shocked as I was, and because the movie is coming out in November, I will not reveal any spoilers.

What I will speak about though is the incredible way OSC gives such depth to each and every character in this story. Ender has two siblings, his brother Peter and sister Valentine, these two provide so much depth to not only Ender, but to the whole universe OSC has created. Then there are the other kids in the military school that you will fall in love with, from Alai to Petra and Fly Molo to Bean. Of course Bean was such a great character that OSC wrote a whole other series for him called the Shadow series, a must read after finishing the Ender’s quintet.

One thing that I will also talk about is the foresight that OSC shows in this book. Ender’s brother Peter tries to manipulate the politics on Earth by writing stories on the “net”. Keep in mind that OSC wrote this in the 90’s and what he describes is basically blogging. Peter uses the anonymity of the nets to sway public opinion on political matters… again, in 1990! OSC was ahead of his time with this concept.

So in conclusion, I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. I don’t care if you dislike sci-fi, you will like this book. I don’t care if you dislike children as the hero, you will like this book. If you have read it, read it again, refresh you memory before seeing the movie because the book is always better than the movie. If you have not read Ender’s Game, what are you waiting for? Stop reading my insignificant blog and read a masterpiece in literature.

Until next time…


One thought on “Book Review: Ender’s Game

  1. I agree that while it is a “sci fi” book, I really didn’t find that to be a HUGE aspect of the story. So while I’m not a sci fi fan, that’s not what deterred me from liking the novel.

    I just found the writing to be lacking. It wasn’t descriptive enough, and the battle scenes were too long, especially considering that I couldn’t get a clear visual from the writing.

    But honestly, I think the thing that put me off the most was how yound Ender was. I might have enjoyed it a bit more if he would have been older.

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