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Ender's game (original 1985; edition 1985)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Ender's game
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:New York : Tom Doherty, 1985.
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Rating:****
Tags:novel, American literature, aliens, child soldiers, coming of age, military, science fiction, space, war

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

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This is a pretty good science-fiction novel that delves into politics, religion, war, power, control, manipulation--and the pressure to save the world (no biggie).

Poor Ender Wiggin, at 6 years old the military decides he is ready to save the world, and in order to prepare him, they isolate him, make him leave his family, and any time he approaches happiness (or comfort, really)...tables are turned once again to make his life miserable.

Although this is a series, and I enjoyed it, I don't feel the need to read the rest in the series--but this is a worthy book. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
This is a pretty good science-fiction novel that delves into politics, religion, war, power, control, manipulation--and the pressure to save the world (no biggie).

Poor Ender Wiggin, at 6 years old the military decides he is ready to save the world, and in order to prepare him, they isolate him, make him leave his family, and any time he approaches happiness (or comfort, really)...tables are turned once again to make his life miserable.

Although this is a series, and I enjoyed it, I don't feel the need to read the rest in the series--but this is a worthy book. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Todo iba "okey" hasta el final. Ese final definitivamente lleva la historia a otro nivel. Genial.

La raza humana se encuentra en peligro, los insectores ya han atacado dos veces... Y una tercera invasión se acerca. Debido a eso todos los ejércitos del mundo se han unido, los nacimientos son controlados y los mejores niños son seleccionados para asistir a la Escuela de Batalla.

Ender -con tan sólo 6 años- es uno de ellos.

El elegido. La ultima esperanza.

En general, El Juego de Ender es, de cierta forma, como una versión infantil de Matrix... con menos mujeres y mucha menos acción. Y es que, aunque la historia está repleta de batallas, por la forma en que están escritas resultan monótonas y menos emocionantes de lo que podrían ser.

El trasfondo psicológico y el debate interno de Ender (¿es asesino como Peter o es empático como Valentine?), fue lo que me resultó más me gustó, ya que le da profundidad al personaje y suspenso a la historia. Nunca estás totalmente seguro de que Ender vas a encontrarte.

Entiendo porque para algunos esta historia puede resultar aburrida, ya que en realidad no pasa nada. Imagínate Harry Potter sin ninguna de las aventuras, y sólo leyendo como va a clases todooos los días. Si crees que puedes soportar eso, adelante, léelo. Seguro te gusta.

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Acabo de enterarme de que Orson Scott Card es homofobico. Toda una sopresa considerando que la trama de El Juego de Ender está repleta de insinuaciones semi-homosexuales.



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  Glire | Jul 7, 2014 |
Ender Wiggin is the specially-commissioned brilliant third child in a family tracked for its ability to create brilliant children. His older brother was too violent, his older sister too passive, and the hope is that Ender (like that third bowl of porridge) will be just right. With the fate of the Earth resting on his six-year-old shoulders, Ender is shipped off to a boarding school in space where the planet’s brightest children are being trained to win an intergalactic war. Cut off from everything he loves and everyone he knows, the powers that be put him through a gauntlet in hopes of turning him into the greatest general the galaxy’s ever seen. Socially isolated, younger than everyone, and pushed to his limits, can little Ender save the world?

This might be the most perfectly written book I have ever read. Nothing is extraneous. The conversations between Ender’s handlers about the ethical implications of what they’re doing, the political subplot with Ender’s brother and sister back on Earth, each army and leader Wiggin learns from or comes up against; it all feeds into the central story. It is so tightly plotted that at times one feels like Wile E. Coyote: you’ve run right off the cliff and extra ten feet before the full impact of what’s happened hits you. My only regret is that I waited so long to read it. Because it seemed like “a boy book” with its soldiers-in-space cover, I’m not big into war stories. This is not a war story: it’s a story about the making of a hero and what that costs at every level.

What I love most about the book is the social dynamic when Ender reaches his training academy. He has been marked for greatness, and intentionally set apart. There are people who take offense and oppose him simply because of this, others who are indifferent, others who are willing to befriend him and share what they know. Card includes a range of ethnicities, belief systems, and moral codes. This is a school for brilliant children, and Card understands at a fundamental level the social structure that exists among the gifted. Where they are blessed and where they fall short, and the things they need that are often overlooked. I could easily devote an entire Character Study to breaking down each of the people Ender encounters at the academy and how they contribute to his future.

My only quibble is the treatment of women in the book. There are only three of significance: Ender’s mother, Ender’s sister Valentine, and sharp-shooter classmate Petra. Ender’s mother is little more than a caricature: sad to lose her baby boy, secretly religious, the end. Valentine is basically uninterested in war despite her brilliance, and acts as a human blankie for Ender when needed. While she does have some impressive political accomplishments, they are basically spearheaded and engineered by her brother Peter. Petra is an exceptional shot, unable to rise higher in the ranks because that is the only area in which she shines. She is also used as “weakest link” at one point in the story. Card writes at one point early on that evolution had made girls softer and less-suited to military success. Um. That irked me. Methinks your Mormonism is showing.

Still. The book is an A+, and I’m passing my copy directly on to my brother. ( )
  ArmchairAuthor | Jul 3, 2014 |
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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.
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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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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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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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Child hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

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