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Ender's Game (original 1985; edition 2002)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Ender's Game
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Starscape (2002), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 336 pages
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

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Decent. I suspect I would have liked this better if I'd read in in high school. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Wow.

Review pending. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
First book; Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
This is the first book in the Ender's Series. It is a young adult series and this is military science fiction. Ender is taken to military training at age 6. He is a third. Families are not allowed to have three children unless the third is given to the government to use in the bugger wars. These children are trained by playing military games. It has won both the Nebula and Hugo awards. The book has also made it on the Modern Library 100 lists, The American Library List and NPR top 100 SF/Fantasy books. It is also mandatory reading in the military (the Marines) for training theory, leadership, and ethics . It is quite violent. Language is generally non offensive but can be strong and includes name calling and minor references to reproduction all appropriate to the novel. I found it to be entertaining but I don't feel that it offered new ideas. I think there are other books where aliens are insects and communicate by the whole rather than individual. The plot was good. Characters were well developed. It was written to reflect the time and updated by the author to make it still relevant. Rated 4.14 ( )
  Kristelh | Jun 9, 2017 |
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 |
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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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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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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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