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Ender's Game (1977)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's saga (1)

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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)
  2. 395
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (ekissel)
  3. 282
    Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (sturlington)
    sturlington: I thought the second book in the series was actually better than the first.
  4. 243
    Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (5hrdrive)
  5. 212
    Old Man's War by John Scalzi (ohdio, jlynno84)
    ohdio: This book contains a lot of action, while still maintaining a nice human element.
  6. 112
    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.
  7. 159
    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (mariah2)
  8. 72
    The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (kaledrina)
    kaledrina: testing a kid for the greater good of the world
  9. 72
    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. 84
    Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Death_By_Papercut)
  11. 30
    Psion by Joan D. Vinge (SockMonkeyGirl)
  12. 30
    Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks (BrynDahlquis)
    BrynDahlquis: Both books are about child geniuses, though the setting and stories are quite different.
  13. 41
    Hot Sleep by Orson Scott Card (ostgut)
  14. 31
    The White Mountains by John Christopher (mcenroeucsb, mcenroeucsb)
  15. 20
    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)
  16. 31
    Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card (Scottneumann)
  17. 20
    Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon (jlynno84)
  18. 10
    The Burning of Cherry Hill by A K Butler (Amanda.Richards)
  19. 21
    Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein (5hrdrive)
  20. 10
    Insignia by S. J. Kincaid (kaledrina)

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Ender's Game is a phenomenal tour de force - a nearly perfect example of science fiction. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
Amazing

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  SeekingApatheia | Apr 13, 2021 |
This is one of the classics of science fiction, and I greatly enjoy reading it. This was a re-read of it, reading to my children, who also enjoyed it. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
I will not promote this book by reviewing it for it's contents (good or bad), nor will I support the homophobe of an author by buying the book.

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1 vote | Mrella | Mar 7, 2021 |
DNF ~80 pages in, didn't see what the big deal was. Wasn't digging the crass/stupid kid dialogue, nor the cheesy sci-fi concepts, none of which were really explained in much detail. The writing is bad. Also, the main character - he's arrogant and violent and yet also a bullied underdog? Clearly this is meant for kids, and feels like it was written by a kid. ( )
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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
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For Geoffrey,
Who makes me remember
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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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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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