Ender’s Game

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Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

Whenever I read a new book, I am constantly reminded of another I’ve read. When I was younger, I was really into science fiction. My favorite book was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, which revolved around a plain-jane Meg Murry in her search for her missing father. I’ve yet to read another science fiction book that compares – that is, until I read Ender’s Game. My friend recommended it and I was instantly drawn in by the intense description of the protagonist’s inner conflict, navigating the lines between childhood and adulthood, innocence and everything else. Every page was exciting, new, insightful. And the action! Oh, the action. If zero-gravity fight scenes and intergalactic space battles with insectoid extra-terrestrials gets your blood pumping,then Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game is for you! Set in Earth’s far future, the novel revolves around protagonist Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a child prodigy who is chosen by the International Fleet (IF) to lead the fight against an alien race, the Formics (commonly referred to as “Buggers”). Ender’s Game chronicles his journey from childhood to adolescence as he leaves his family’s home to train with other child prodigies in the IF. Aside from his advanced mental and physical faculties, Ender is set apart from his peers in another way; Ender is a “third,” and his birth was specifically requested by the IF after his siblings were deemed unfit to join the fleet. His birth order is a major source of stress is his life and his family’s lives because, in this futuristic society, all Earth families are restricted to having 2 children, and any deviance from that standard is viewed negatively. His life is even more complicated by the opposing relationships he has with his siblings, Peter and Valentine. Through Orson Scott Card’s detailed and introspective writing style, we are able to peek inside Ender’s brilliant mind while simultaneously engaging in a thrilling story of survival, war and identity. Even if you’re not into sci-fi, this novel will be sure to have you dreaming about space and all its infinite possibility.