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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.
Collections:Your library
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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I saw a trailer for the movie and thought, "I don't remember that." Then, I realized I didn't remember much of it all except that I didn't like this book when I read it some 15 years ago. As a parent, I think I couldn't imagine what kind of sick mind could dream up the premise. So, I read it again, this time as an older parent who had the same thought when I read The Hunger Games books.

As it turns out, I've recently learned Card really does have a sick mind but that's his climate change denial, racist stance and homophobia among other lunatic positions. I bumped this a star from my initial assessment because the science fiction is good and the writing not bad. However, I will try to remember in 15 years that I was not impressed. For now, it's not good enough to inspire me to read the sequels. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
One of the best books of all time ( )
  Graeme.Dyas | May 3, 2017 |
Man, what a powerful book. This is another book I read as a teenager, but like the other books, I completely missed out on so much that went on in it.

This book is fantastic. The thing that really got me was how Ender, as little as he was, knew that whatever he did, he had to do it big. When the bullies at school on Earth attacked him, he had to win that fight so there would be no others. When the bully attacked him on the shuttle to combat school, again he had to put an end to the fighting.

Not that I'm saying that violence is the only way to make bullies and mean people stay in check, but sometimes we have to make our stand. It's not necessarily about respect, it's about making sure that those nasty people know that we are not going to put up with their crap at all. We have to make them know that their spent energy on us is totally wasted.

This book is pretty interesting considering our current political climate. There were certain things that really jumped out at me and other things that were much more subtle. Regardless, I think Orson Scott Card might have been a little bit of a political prophet.

It's sometimes hard to remember that Ender isn't a grown up that he's just this little kid. Even by the end of the book he's still only just a teenager. I don't much care for books about teenagers or children - too much drama. While this book had it's fair share of drama, it was more actual drama than drama queen-ness. The children are not children. They are mini-adults. The only time we ever really see them being kids is when they call each other fart-eaters or the like.

Something else that hits me - do we put too much on the shoulders of our children? Do we have too many expectations for them to be mini-adults? Sometimes I think yes. Look at Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan and Drew Barrymore. When were they ever really allowed to be little girls? They were professionals - Drew was by infancy. Sure she's been able to grow up into a solid adult now, but look at all the difficulty she went through. What's the rush for our kids to be grown up? I know they all want to grow up quickly, but my mom always told me to learn some patience. Are parents telling that to their kids these days?

Anyway, this is a fabulous book that reads smoothly. The characters are well defined and thought out. A definite read for anyone who likes sci-fi. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
I've been recommended this book for most of my adult life and, for this reason only, have I shied away from reading it. However, I finally came around to it and I am glad I did. Pure sci-fi, engrossing and engaging, Ender's Game is a vast world, one that is very easy to get sucked into, and even harder to put down. ( )
  JaredOrlando | Apr 18, 2017 |
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Primary (4-6)
Review:
This book takes place in the future where Earth is somewhat united against an indicating alien insect-like race. After the World dispels the invasion they go in search of the world to destroy them before another attack may happen. Meanwhile, on Earth, they send children to battle school which teaches students how to fight using their mind and techniques they have learned. Ender is an extra ordinary child who passes all his tests and ascends the commander of the entire fleet due to his quick wit.
This book is science fiction because it takes place in the very far future. Aliens attack the world and space travel is very easy to accomplish in this time frame. They also use gifted children to fight and lead armies.
Use:
1) The entire series focuses on Ender and his peaceful views.
2) There are a lot of lessons to learn from these books and talking about all of them could be very beneficial
Ill. Media: Computer generated ( )
  Josh17 | Apr 5, 2017 |
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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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For Geoffrey,
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"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one."
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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.
[P]ower will always end up with the sort of people who crave it....
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This is the novel form of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Please do not combine the original novella or the movie to this work, as each are uniquely different entities.
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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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