- Series: The Ender Quintet (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (July 15, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812550706
- ISBN-13: 978-0812550702
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9,947 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The sci-fi is more of a backdrop - the story takes place in a future earth that is threatened by an alien race, and young Ender is sent to train on space-age ships and weapons. His mock battles are described in detail, and sometimes require a lot of visualization to follow. If that's not your thing, or if you are looking for more sci-fi innovation or fantasy elements, this may not be your favorite book. Since I have studied martial arts and texts like Sun Tzu's Art of War, I found all of this fascinating. Both the psychology and strategy of battle and war are handled here, and through the training of Ender, powerful questions are posed about what price is paid to train warriors, what makes us human, and morality. I think the book also poses interesting questions about the dehumanizing nature of video games, and in that sense, even though this book is 25+ years old, it is completely relevant.
So that's my take - as long as you are expecting the military/battle/strategy emphasis, you will probably love this book. It is a great story in any case.
Ender's Game is incredibly diabolical. Although the story opens with the main character at six years old and doesn't go above his turning into a teenager, this is really a story for adults. The plotline is deep and complex and it asks the question, "What is right and wrong in war?" (As I said... very deep; like the bottom of the ocean kind of depths).
It is frightening that a child could be so intense. I've seen the other review comments and although most catch onto the Battle School and their desire to win this war at the cost of our youth, I haven't seen too many people mention that Orson Scott Card painted a picture of Ender in which Ender was far from innocent, even at six years old. Ender is cold blooded, and yet he hated being cold blooded; this was his struggle from the beginning of the novel until the end when you were gasping for air trying to decide who had been fooled (you or Ender??). If not for this element in our young hero, he would never have been what the Battle School was looking for in their savior for all of humanity.
Yes, I recommend this novel. It is a great read. I also recommend that you read this book before you watch the movie (because the movie cannot deliver on the extent of transforming a merciless child into an ingenious antisocial leader).
Yes, there is a movie, and if you never read the book you will enjoy it but to be honest I enjoyed the movie more having read the book. That is rare, but it gave great visuals for what was hard to imagine in the book.
Note: If you read and enjoy this book, check out Ender's Shadow. It is a parallel novel about the character Bean and is every bit of exciting.
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