Wednesday, 4 December 2013

"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card

Title: Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Orbit


The human race faces annihilation.

An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history.

The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program - to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders.

A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster?

This is the multiple award-winning classic ENDER'S GAME - a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival.


Ender Wiggin, "third" child in a world where the population is controlled by only having two children, is a six year old genius. He has been allowed to exist only by the governments will in wanting a new military leader to combat the threat of an alien presence which nearly wiped humanity out over 50 years previous.

The book starts with Ender in school, fitted with a monitor device that records everything he sees and hears. After a while the monitor is removed to see how he copes and a fight ensues with a bully. Ender wins and the military want to know why he fought as he did. Satisfied with his answer they package him off to battle school in space. 

Over the next three years he forms friends and enemies commanding an army of boys till the military ship him off to command school. He learns how to fight with space craft until he is eleven when the military start him fighting simulated battles...


I first read this book when I was a teenager, it was great then and still stands the test of time now. An absolute pleasure to read at any age. The book makes you feel the highs and lows of Ender's childhood even tho it seems as tho his childhood has been stolen by the military. If you have seen the film, then read the book, there is so much missed in the film that the book fills in and I mean lots missed. 115 mins of film does not do the book justice.

Rating: 6/5

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