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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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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This is a good book for youth. But I always struggle when they make 6 and 7-year-olds deal with battles and things that adults should be dealing with. It will make a visually great movie. Not sure I'm interested in reading the other 3 books though. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
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.


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 | Jun 22, 2016 |
I was totally amazed by this when I first read it, something like 20 years ago. It is still fresh when I go back to it today ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |

Ender's entire life is a military creation. From his forbidden birth as a third child to his rigorous schooling in a prestigious military academy from the age of six, Ender eats, sleeps, and breathes for the military. But it's really all about the military's "games," designed to mimic alien combat. He is humanity's last hope against the Bugger threat, but it is unclear whether he'll be able to rise to the challenge.


I read Ender's Game back in high school after my science teacher, Mr. Adams, talked about how much he liked it. I enjoyed it then, but didn't really see what all the fuss was about.

I re-read Ender's Game this past week after my husband, Logan, read it for the first time and couldn't stop talking about it. This time, it clicked. I loved it. I loved it so much, that I stayed up until one o'clock in the morning one night to finish it, which I haven't done with a book in years.

There are a number of things that contribute to Ender's Game's excellence. Orson Scott Card has a writing style that's easily accessible and never distracts from the story itself through either simplistic or purple prose. Each person Ender encounters contains a depth normally reserved for main characters. The setting is present enough for readers to immerse themselves in, but never distracting.

In other words, it's an extremely well told story.

And the story itself is haunting, mostly because of the cast of children. Only three adults are really fleshed out in the story, and of those, Ender only interacts with two. Everyone else is twelve or younger. This fact is extremely easy to forget because of the situations the children are dealing with and their adult reactions, but then they will do something that reminds you that they are in fact little kids, and the reminder is powerful. Of course, I would find myself thinking, they would handle this in this way because they are KIDS. Little kids who don't know of other ways to deal with their problems.

I also found myself feeling guilty for expecting so much of these children. So much is riding on their success that I would find myself supremely disappointed in their failures, but then I would catch myself. I remember myself at eight and I was useless. How could I expect more of these children, just because the world was in danger? They were put in different circumstances than I was, sure, but as far as mental and physical development, they were no different.

And that's what made me appreciate Colonel Graff. Back when I read the book in high school, I didn't care for him at all, but now that I'm older, I would find myself agreeing with him. Agreeing with his tactics. And because he's framed as a bit of a bad guy, that made me really start examining myself deeply. That's probably what made Ender's Game "click" for me so much more this time than last time.


I would recommend this book to anyone interested in military tactics, childhood development, the effects of war on a child's brain, science fiction worlds and settings, space combat, or just well-written prose.

Stay away from Ender's Game if children being placed in very distressing situations is too much for you, you don't want to see a scathing review of military tactics, or the idea of aliens turns you off.

Favorite Quotes

"We're the wicked witch. We promise gingerbread, but we eat the little bastards alive."

"There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you. And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you. I told them you were the best. Now you damn well better be."

"...but the seed of doubt was there, and it stayed, and every now and then it sent out a little root. It changed everything, to have that seed growing. It made Ender listen more carefully to what people meant, instead of what they said. It made him wise."

"Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be."

This review has been cross posted to my blog, The Chronic Hobbyist. ( )
  shulera1 | Jun 7, 2016 |
I wonder if, the first time I read this, I read an abridgement. There was so much more here that I'd forgotten. The interminable battle scenes. The political maneuverings of Demosthenes and Locke. The whole ending, after the big reveal.

I was bothered, this time, by one thing especially. How was it possible that none of the other children, cherry-picked for brilliance, were anywhere nearly as brilliant as Ender? How was it possible that so very few could even catch on to the 3D space of a weightless room without extensive coaching?

I also disagree with Card that his chosen cast were great actors. It was a good audio, but far from great. Volume and pitch varied. And the disc breaks were poorly edited - some were in the middle of paragraphs ferpeetsake.

Complaints aside, it's a great story. The theme about needing to empathize with the enemy to be able to be effective against them is one that more people need to understand. And the more one thinks about the book, the more one finds to think about. So, if somehow you've not gotten around to reading this yet, I do recommend you do so.

All the jabber by Card at the end was, imo, only mildly interesting. Mostly what I got out of it is that the man thinks very highly of himself.

I haven't decided whether to read the sequel or not. I'm fairly sure that, even if I do, I won't continue on in the series. Comments to help me decide are welcome, please. :) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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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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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.
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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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