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Ender's game by Orson Scott Card

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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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 great book and has a lot of twists and turns to it. Expect the unexpected when you read this. 4Q3P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend this for middle school and high school students as well as adults. I chose to read this book because it sounded interesting and my grandpa recommended it to me. KylahL
  edspicer | Jul 17, 2014 |
Entertaining. Quite a twist at the end. This was recommended by my son, Connor. Well worth the read. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
I think most readers of this novel would agree that Ender's Game is a sci-fi classic. It has been around for many decades. The movie came out a short while ago bringing the novel back into the limelight. I have not seen the movie so my review is based purely on the novel.

This novel is the story of life in a world at continual war with an alien species, referred to as buggers. In this icy-cold, militaristic world, where survival of the human race depends on winning the war, children are recruited at a young age to "Battle School" and trained to become future commanders.

The hero of this novel is Ender Wiggins, a gifted and very decent child, who is considered humanity's best hope against the buggers. Much of the novel is about Ender's struggle to succeed and fit in (during his tenure at Battle School he makes both friends and enemies), and his effort to make sense of everything he is being told and everything that is happening around him while military staff try to steer him in what they believe is the right direction. Ender has an inquisitive mind and he wants to know why he is being asked to do certain things; he wants to know what this war is all about, and most important of all, he wants to learn as much as he can about the enemy and what they want.

This novel has some interesting twists and turns (and I will not give them away). But in my opinion, it is the ending that makes this novel special. Because, through a series of events, Ender finds out everything he wants to know about the buggers and is able to see everything from their point of view. And he is heart-broken because it's too late...

The ending is both beautiful and sad. When the reader finishes reading the last few paragraphs, he/she will put this book away with a heavy heart and perhaps wonder what Ender would have done if he had seen the truth sooner. ( )
  Mustafa_O | Jul 12, 2014 |
I don't know how to feel about this book. It was a good story, but it was also unnecessarily profane. There were too many references to bodily functions and name calling. Otherwise, the world building was great, the characters were mostly interesting, and the pace was good. Most of the characters were jerks though. I wouldn't want to live in the same world with these people. I won't be reading any of the other books in the series, but I'm glad I read this one. ( )
  ladonna37 | Jul 11, 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 |
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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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Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemoine, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one."
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?

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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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