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Ender's Game (1977)

by Orson Scott Card

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Series: Ender's Game (1), Ender Saga (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.
  4. 253
    Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (5hrdrive)
  5. 232
    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. 62
    The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (kaledrina)
    kaledrina: testing a kid for the greater good of the world
  9. 84
    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.
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    Hot Sleep by Orson Scott Card (ostgut)
  12. 20
    Psion by Joan D. Vinge (SockMonkeyGirl)
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    Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks (BrynDahlquis)
    BrynDahlquis: Both books are about child geniuses, though the setting and stories are quite different.
  14. 10
    Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon (jlynno84)
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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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    The White Mountains by John Christopher (mcenroeucsb, mcenroeucsb)
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    The Player of Games by Iain Banks (Cecrow)
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    Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card (Scottneumann)
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    Insignia by S. J. Kincaid (kaledrina)

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 Name that Book: YA sci fi3 unread / 3Caramellunacy, January 2021

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Wanted to finish it before the movie comes out in November. For the most part, awesome. Seems as though he rushed the ending in order to set up the sequels. Regardless, I really enjoyed it. Gonna be hard for Hollywood to do it justice. We'll see. ( )
  bstone65 | Jul 18, 2024 |
I read the short story that this was based on back in the 70s when it was printed in Analog magazine. It was a very memorable short story, and the expansion to novel length doesn't really add to the impact. Maybe that's because I already knew the outcome. What's interesting to me is the concept of training soldiers by having them play video games seemed so sci-fi back then, but has now come true, as has the idea of soldiers remotely controlling attack ships. Overall, this is an enjoyable story, and I'd recommend it to fans of science fiction. ( )
  SteveCarl | Jun 24, 2024 |
Really interesting! I seldom do scifi, and I really enjoyed the psychological aspects, and the end was unexpected. I listened to most of this on audio, then unexpectedly had time to actually finish reading the paperback. I couldn't put it down! I thought Card's comments following the audio were also worth the listen. I wanted my kids to hear some of his thoughts, but Libby took the audio away too soon. I immediately picked up a copy of the next one, Speaker for the Dead.

I am in my 50s, a woman, NOT the demographic Card was writing to, and I highly recommend this book. It challenges the conventional education industry.

(The movie was as bad as the book is good.) ( )
  TheLibraryAnn | May 27, 2024 |
bello e disturbante
ritmo eccellente

bambino genio viene addestrato (nel peggior modo) a comandare la flotta contro invasori alieni
sorella genio e fratello maggiore genio si ingegnano per ottenere potere governativo ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
Thought at first it was going to be good but it bogged down in repetition of action and interaction and became boring and bleak until near the end. Would have been a better book with at least 100 fewer pages. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
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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 (16 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
Rodelgo, José MaríaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubinstein, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sánchez, AntonioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Velez, WalterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zuddas, GianluigiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Who makes me remember
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Children can be
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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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