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Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) (original 1985; edition 1994)

by Orson Scott Card

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Title:Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1)
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Science Fiction (1994), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

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One of my first science fiction reads. A great introduction to the genre. Amazing and powerful. ( )
  linda.temple | Apr 9, 2014 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.
4.5 stars

Ender Wiggin is a “Third.” His parents were allowed to have him only because their first two children, Peter and Valentine, showed so much promise. Earth is expecting another Bugger attack from outer space and humans are desperately trying to breed and train the children who they hope will be Earth’s saviors. Peter, Valentine, and Ender Wiggin are all geniuses, but Ender seems to have just the right balance of intelligence, resolve, independence, and sensitivity to make a great leader for Earth’s international forces.

When Ender is only six years old, the International Fleet comes to take him away to Battle School. There he meets dozens of other little geniuses, some who resent Ender for his quick advancement, and some who would even like to get him out of the way. Does Ender have what it takes to make it through the rigorous training and to become the military hero that Earth hopes for? Or, as he fears, will he grow up to be like his tyrannical and sadistic older brother?

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card was published in 1985 and was based on a short story that Card wrote in 1977. The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The focus is on Ender’s psychological drama as he is raised by indifferent parents (they know he’ll be taken away at an early age), tortured by a cruel brother, separated from his beloved sister, and cast without a friend into a highly competitive and often hostile environment where he’s expected to rise to the top. During all of this, Ender wonders if he will be responsible for saving Earth, or destroying it. There’s a lot resting on Ender’s little shoulders and the tension never lets up. At times Ender becomes whiny and emotionally overwrought, but who can blame him?

The main characters in Ender’s Game are young children and there are plenty of silly jokes about farts and butts, but there’s also some bad language, quite a lot of violence, and discussions about diplomacy and politics that will be too heavy for younger readers. Ender’s got plenty of personal flaws, too, and he has to deal with some major ethical issues such as does the end justify the means?

Thus, Ender’s Game is classified as Young Adult. Teens will enjoy Ender’s training at Battle School. The trainees are divided into teams and the battle tactics they learn are practiced in mock battles under zero gravity conditions. These scenes are great fun and, surprisingly, they don’t become dull because the difficulty and the stakes keep rising. During his time off, Ender plays a fantasy RPG that he wants to conquer without realizing why. He doesn’t understand why the game acts as it does, but it turns out to have a provocative significance later on.

Ender’s Game is fast-paced and becomes steadily more intense as the book goes on. Near the end there’s a huge twist that will leave your jaw on the floor, and several other tantalizing discoveries follow. I look forward to reading more about these in the first sequel, Speaker for the Dead, which also won both the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Interestingly, the U.S. Marines has Ender’s Game on its Professional Reading List, explaining in their Ender’s Game Discussion Guide that “Ender’s Game is more than about the difficulty and excitement that competition provides in preparing for combat. There are lessons in training methodology, leadership, and ethics as well. Such richness in range and treatment has made Card’s book an oft-read and re-read title for many years; Ender’s Game has been a stalwart item on the Marine Corps Reading List since its inception.”

I read Audio Renaissance’s full-cast audio version of Ender’s Game which was narrated mostly by Stefan Rudnicki (my favorite reader), Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle De Cuir, and David Birney. There’s also a cameo by Orson Scott Card. This audiobook is terrific. There’s also a long but interesting author’s note at the end, read by Orson Scott Card. He talks about the book, the audiobook production, and the upcoming movie (set for release on March 15, 2013). I’m looking forward to that movie. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
I read this one out loud to Scot. I asked him how many stars he would give it and he said 2 also! We didn't love this one. I was surprised because it is considered a classic. ( )
  CharlaOppenlander | Apr 4, 2014 |
I read this one out loud to Scot. I asked him how many stars he would give it and he said 2 also! We didn't love this one. I was surprised because it is considered a classic. ( )
  CharlaOppenlander | Apr 4, 2014 |
Read the book because of the movie. It is way more detailed and complicated than the movie. ( )
  JoeYee | Mar 30, 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
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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