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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Ender's Game (1985)

by Orson Scott Card

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The government trains child geniuses to be soldiers and to protect against enemy attack
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
Ender's Game is a story of a superboy who saves the world by playing a video game, while his superbrother becomes ruler of said world by trolling the internet with sock-puppets. Even ignoring the novel's stance on violence and its justification of genocide, it's still hard to see why it's so appealing to the many adults who adore it.
  wissamktb | Feb 1, 2015 |
I read this book after watching the movie. I thought the movie was interesting and I was looking forward to delving deeper into the story and into Ender's mind. I went into this book with high expectations, and I was not disappointed.

Ender's Game brings up so many philosophical questions that it is really a treat to read. You start questioning about things such as war, treatment of children, xenophobia, family bonds, the list goes on forever. A lot of topics are examined in this book. On top of the meatiness of the book is a fun, superficial excitement that comes from Ender's training and the war in general.

Putting Card's personal opinions about things outside of this book aside, you are left with a great, introspective book that is definitely a classic that needs to continue being handed down. ( )
  AlbinoRhino | Jan 25, 2015 |
For years I have been meaning to read this book and I finally did over the summer. After I was done with it, I wondered why I hadn’t read this book in the first place. I blamed it on the fact that I tend to be more of a fantasy reader than a science fiction reader. However, I am now finding a place in my heart for this genre.

I was pretty disturbed by this book. Not only was the government in this book “recruiting” young geniuses to fight their wars for them, but they were turning it into a game. Since every training exercise was a game many of the children would forget the fact they were training for war, which gave me the creeps. War, in this future world, is a game to the people who are being forced to fight it.

This book really made me think about the prevalence of war based video games today. Now, I’m not against these games but I did find it interesting to compare what these children were doing during training to what my friends do in their own living rooms. There were some eerie similarities between the two, like the planning and strategy that sometimes goes in to playing them.

While there were some parts that were a little slow, the book was totally worth the read. It really makes the reader look more critically at how our society views war today and even video games. I give this book a 4/5 and I recommend it to most everyone. This book is proof that the science fiction genre can have literary value despite what critics of the genre may say. ( )
  kell1732 | Jan 25, 2015 |
This was suppose to be a book I read while brushing my teeth, but it was just not put down and was read in a few days. The story is about a 6 year old boy who is selected to be the next commander of IF, destined to lead them all to victory in the Bugger War. They put him through grueling training of the mind and body until he is ready to break.
I enjoyed the book and always wanted to know what happens next. Because of the way the boy is treated, I wouldn't recommend the book to just anyone but it can be pretty enjoyable. ( )
  midkid88 | Jan 16, 2015 |
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Dieses zeitlose und weit über die Science-Fiction hinausgehende Thema spannend und unaufdringlich zu realisieren und dabei noch eine Welt zu erschaffen, die auch nach 25 Jahren weitestgehend denkbar erscheint, ist der Verdienst von Orson Scott Card. "Ender's Game" ist auch im Jahre 2009 noch ausgesprochen lesenswert.
added by st.marx | editCorona Magazin, Steffen Marx (Dec 17, 2010)
 
I am aware that this sounds like the synopsis of a grade Z, made-for-television, science-fiction-rip-off movie. But Mr. Card has shaped this unpromising material into an affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained. The key, of course, is Ender Wiggin himself. Mr. Card never makes the mistake of patronizing or sentimentalizing his hero.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Orson Scott Cardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemoine, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And then a worse fear, that he was a killer, only better at it than Peter ever was; that it was this very trait that pleased the teachers.
Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.
-- Valentine Wiggin
Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it.
Remember, the enemy's gate is down.
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Ender Wiggin is a very bright young boy with a powerful skill. One of a group of children bred to be military geniuses and save Earth from an inevitable attack by aliens, known here as "buggers," Ender becomes unbeatable in war games and seems poised to lead Earth to triumph over the buggers. Meanwhile, his brother and sister plot to wrest power from Ender. Twists, surprises and interesting characters elevate this novel into status as a bona fide page turner.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0812550706, Mass Market Paperback)

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?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:43 -0400)

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Child hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

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