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Enjoyable and Ingenious,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) (Paperback)
Whenever I talk about this book, it's hard not to make it sound like I am a science fiction junkie. I love and defend sci-fi, but I am not limited to the genre. Neither, I think, is this magnificent book. To label it simply a sci-fi classic would be like labeling "Moby Dick" a great book about boats. All great books, regardless of the genre, say something truly profound about the human condition.
"Ender's Game" not only manages to have a strong message, but it is also a joy to read. The plot is enthralling, the characters are complex and realistic, and the descriptions of the battleroom fill your head with fantastic images that make you wish your school had been like this, without the burden of saving humanity. The subplot involving Valentine and Peter is superb and cannot fail to inflame every reader's megalomaniacal side. Though the book is about children, it never condescends and gives kids the credit for the intelligent creatures they are (a big plus for teenage readers). The characters are exceptionally bright, but they are still identified as five- to twelve-year olds, not as mini-adults. It's no wonder that so many gifted young readers have made the statement, "I am Ender." I hope "Ender's Game" is able to make the rare crossover from lowly sci-fi to recognized, so-called "legitimate" literature.
Not only will you not be able to put the book down, you won't be able to read this book just once.
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2006 1:05:57 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
This is a great review and synopsis of this book!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2007 11:33:42 AM PDT
Reading Girl says:
I agree. Thanks for writing a review that really gets to the heart of the book! I am looking forward to reading it now.
Posted on Jul 24, 2007 11:51:12 PM PDT
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William Dunn says:
Posted on Aug 24, 2008 11:16:12 PM PDT
Matt Braynard says:
What was the message of the book that you are referencing?
Posted on Nov 10, 2008 10:38:36 AM PST
I read mostly factual books, science fiction, and some fantasy. I don't care for bad science fiction, and that's what Ender's Game is, completely unrealistic and no science. Giant government conspiracies are fantasy. This book has more in common with The DaVinci Code than with any science fiction. You could say this book is fantasy, but it's a negative delusional fantasy. I waded through this book but thought it, in the end, a complete waste of time.
If anyone thinks they had an Ender childhood, get help. I mean that in the best possible way.
Posted on Jan 7, 2009 10:44:19 AM PST
Ryan James says:
Good review. I laughed out loud at the moby dick joke.
Posted on May 23, 2010 10:41:46 PM PDT
Gah!!! That is so true! I first read the book when I was in Jr. High and was stuck in a car going on vacation. It was my father's then, but I have <ahem> "borrowed" it from him. I have reread it so many times that (literally) today, it fell apart. I'm looking for a replacement for it. It has to be one of my favorite books of all time.
Posted on Feb 4, 2012 5:59:56 PM PST
Posted on Jan 22, 2013 12:45:28 AM PST
I agree with this here review. Ender's Game is so brilliantly written, I had to pull all-nighters just because I couldn't put this down. As for what the themes were in this book, I thought that games were one of the main themes in this. The story starts out with Ender and Peter playing "Buggers and Astronauts", a common game which all children seem to play. As the story unfolds, Ender seems to be trapped in a series of games, whether he knows it or not. You even start to question what's real and what isn't as you keep reading. I like what you said about the characters, Orson Scott Card writes them so that you can't help but connect with them, but hopefully people can't connect with Peter too much. The picture he painted of what Ender was seeing was so clear, especially the Giant's Corpse, or the battle room (even though I pictured it as a level of Kirby, due to the stars). "The body had eroded into a hill, entwined with grass and vines. Only the crest of the Giant's face was still visible, and it was white bone, like limestone protruding from a discouraged withering mountain." (pg 83) I know that quote didn't due the rest of the book justice, but I just wanted to comment on his writing style too. Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.