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Ender's Game (Ender Saga) Paperback – July 4, 2002
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The most hauntingly brilliant writing of the decade * INTERZONE * Full of surprises. Intense is the word for Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME * NEW YORK TIMES *
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.
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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.
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).
The book is about a world that was changed by an alien atack, and the children that are meant to save it. One particular exceptional child: Ender Wiggin. But the book is about so much more. It's about inocence lost and hope found, it's about how much of our identity is bound by the actions we are obligated to take in do-or-die sitiations. It feels real. All the cruelty and all the kindness feels utterely human. But since it's about all the "action" that happens inside of Ender, and not so much about the real action, the book felt slow and over-explained to me sometimes.
But I recomend it to anyone, even people who have seen the movie.