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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1994
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THE ENDER UNIVERSE
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The First Formic War Series: One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. These are the stories of the First Formic War.
The Authorized Ender Companion: A complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things, and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.
Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?
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This book was great! I got through it so fast because it was an extremely pleasurable read. While it was a kids book, I believe that adults (like myself) can still enjoy the writing and the storyline. Fast paced and filled with action. Ender is a relatable character who gives insight into the minds of kid geniuses and how they can feel unstoppable, but at the same time isolated because of their impressive mental abilities.
What I think is the overarching theme of the book is also something that remains relevant today. Young children essentially coerced, through the circumstances of their births, into military service. They are picked up from their homes, taken far away, and trained to fight a war that they are told is for the survival of the human race. Once given the tools necessary to wage war, and wage it well, they realize that what that had been told was not necessarily the truth. Essentially, the protagonist is tricked into doing things that he would not have chosen to do if he had known the entire story. In the end, things turn towards a search for redemption.
The parallels here should be obvious to anyone aware of the last ten years of American history, so I will not go into laborious detail. I will simply say that I found those themes enjoyable, and extremely relevant to our times.
In spite of that, I found parts of the book a bit cumbersome. Too much time, I think, is devoted towards the battle school. Once that is complete and Ender is ready to move into his real test, the finale and resolution of the story seem rushed, though somewhat satisfying. I do not think the time in the battle school is unimportant, and do not look at this as a zero sum thing where elements of the story of Ender's training should be sacrificed in order to devote those pages to the climax and resolution, but I would liked to have seen more of those things towards the end. (And I am dancing around here trying to avoid putting out any spoilers.) Specifically, I do not like how Ender simply checks out and then has the events on Earth after his final battle related to him by another character. I would like to have seen more of those events for myself, rather than have them summarized. Based on a synopsis I have read of the second book, though, I think these things may be addressed there.
Although I find this book entertaining, interesting, and worthy of a read, I have a hard time understanding why people proclaim it a classic. Perhaps they read it when they were younger, as I did books like 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm, etc. and remember it fondly as Ender's Game represents their first introduction to these themes. It is a good book, I recommend it, and it is only going to grow in popularity as we approach its imminent movie adaptation (which is already being filmed).
It turns out she was right, this story is brilliant. Ender Wiggins is a kid born, bred and crafted into becoming a military genius for the sake of saving the human race from an alien invasion. Despite its enormous scale, this story is very personal. The writing is dialogue heavy and expresses masculine ambitions both dark and honorable. More important than the easily believable characters is the heart of the tale, a deliberate philosophy of realism which permeates every difficult challenge both physical and emotional. The lessons are those meant to train warriors, the outcome is one meant to elevate humanity.
I can see why they waited so long to make this into a film. The current technology can more accurately produce the actions and vision of this epic story. My only apprehension is to wonder, what will the studios leave out of the film? That will determine if Ender can be as great on screen as it is on the written page.
I found that to be true of Mortal Instruments 1st movie... The movie was a horrific failure, as far as I am concerned. It was not even skimming the surface of the story... Too bad.
I do hold out some hope for this movie as I read the Twilight series 1st and I loved the movies that were all very good, they swept me into the story, made me fall in love with the lives of Bella, Edward n Jacob all over again.
Gosh, I hope this will be the same... Only problem as far as I can see is the casting of famous actors that will interrupt the sense of it being a new story with no distractions, interruptions of my imaginations. I really hope I don't have to spend the whole movie forgetting Harrison Ford is Harrison Ford... You get the picture.
I said all that to say this: this is a great story, incredibly written in a very interesting pace. It is an incredible plunge into Enders stolen childhood, incredible self awareness, genius, and heartbreaking fatalism. It left me with awe, outrage and heartbreak...
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