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Ender's Game (1977)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender Saga (1), Ender's Game (1), Le cycle d'Ender (1), Enderverse (8)

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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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    Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card (Patangel)
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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (ekissel)
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    Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (sturlington)
    sturlington: I thought the second book in the series was actually better than the first.
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    Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (5hrdrive)
  5. 242
    Old Man's War by John Scalzi (ohdio, jlynno84)
    ohdio: This book contains a lot of action, while still maintaining a nice human element.
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    The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold (Aquila, EatSleepChuck)
    EatSleepChuck: Both main characters are kids who make up for their meek physical stature with cleverness and perception to rise up the ranks of military. Ender's Game is noticeably darker, however.
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    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (mariah2)
  8. 94
    Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Death_By_Papercut)
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    The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Livesinthestars)
    Livesinthestars: Both fantastic books about a future in which gifted children are used without their consent to attempt to save their world.
  10. 72
    The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (kaledrina)
    kaledrina: testing a kid for the greater good of the world
  11. 51
    Hot Sleep by Orson Scott Card (ostgut)
  12. 40
    Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks (BrynDahlquis)
    BrynDahlquis: Both books are about child geniuses, though the setting and stories are quite different.
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    Psion by Joan D. Vinge (SockMonkeyGirl)
  14. 31
    Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card (Scottneumann)
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    Chaos Walking: The Complete Trilogy by Patrick Ness (natzlovesyou)
    natzlovesyou: Both explore a "child"'s innocent yet perceptive take on a changing world in which so many things have gone wrong and no one can differentiate who to trust from who to blame. The worlds these authors have created send you both literally and metaphorically into outer space, to handle and ponder the implications of a world about to autodestruct and an alien species whose role in the future of humanity has or will be decisive.… (more)
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    Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon (jlynno84)
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    The White Mountains by John Christopher (mcenroeucsb, mcenroeucsb)
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    Insignia by S. J. Kincaid (kaledrina)
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    The Burning of Cherry Hill by A K Butler (Amanda.Richards)
  20. 21
    Armada by Ernest Cline (Mind_Booster_Noori)

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Upon second reading, still an interesting book with a great argument and world building. Also still a silly power fantasy of perfect situations with perfect dialog that cannot be fixed by the gimmick of making the main characters unrealistically well rounded genius children. ( )
  zeh | Jun 3, 2023 |
Such a great book! Not for everyone but I encourage you to try it out, even if you are unsure. I read this at around 7-9 and loved it since. ( )
  EmmyCurie | Apr 2, 2023 |
This book has a lot to recommend it. The pace is very fast and the writing and characters are completely engaging. It touches on a lot of coming of age themes - - from self reliance to handling of bullies to developing friendships.

Ender Wiggin is identified as a child with very unique traits, and he is taken by the military to be prepared for a special career in the military. Most of the book focuses on the training of Ender (think futuristic boot camp!) to command an incredibly important mission.

I don't read a lot of science fiction (or any), so for me, the plot line was very original and definitely grabbed my interest and wouldn't let go. The main character, Ender, is definitely the type of character that you root for . . .making the book even more enjoyable.

However, I had some issues with the ending. Unfortunately there's no way to discuss my issues without revealing major spoilers, so I'm going to scroll way down for this part of the discussion. DO NOT GO THERE unless you want the book ruined for you. If you haven't read it yet, however, I just felt that the ending sort of strained credulity. Some parts of it also felt rushed to me. There's a fairly large subplot, and I felt that subplot was wrapped up primarily with narration at the end. It wasn't such a problem that I wouldn't recommend the book . . .but I did have to remove a star for sure.
Ok, for those of you who have read this book . . .I really have a question. When Ender is about to play his final "game" in the "simulator", he specifically asks about whether the MD weapon he has can destroy the planet. He is then specifically warned by his teacher that destroying the planet could have serious repercussions. Ender destroys the planet anyway and by virtue of doing so, overcomes the final challenge.

It is then revealed to the reader that the final challenge was actually a real battle, and that Ender has destroyed the enemy.

For me, this was a glaring and unnecessary error in the construction of this book. The teacher KNEW that Ender was about to fight a real battle, not just a simulated one. So why, when Ender asked about the destruction of the planet, would the teacher warn him away from it's destruction. Especially when its destruction was what it took to win the battle. The teacher knew that destroying the planet was most likely a good idea. Or at a minimum, he certainly knew it wasn't a bad idea . . .since it was the hotbed of the enemy. So why did he warn him away from it?

I have no idea why Card threw that warning into the story. It wasn't necessary really. And for me, it just didn't make sense. So I just had a hard time believing the "twist" because of the set up.
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  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
Great book from start to finish, very well paced. Very well described strategy of war games made this book very interesting over and above the plot which stands up very well. I would recommend it to anyone. ( )
  rjheit | Jan 22, 2023 |
Tiffany recommended this to me as a book that lets you inside a character's head. I don't usually like Sci-Fi, but this was interesting. ( )
  BeccaGr8t | Jan 6, 2023 |
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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.

» Add other authors (19 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Card, Orson Scottprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birney, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cuir, Gabrielle DeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemoine, DanielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubinstein, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Velez, WalterIllustratorsecondary 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.
[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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Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

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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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