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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Ender's Game (original 1977; edition 1994)

by Orson Scott Card

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Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
Member:TheCriticalTimes
Title:Ender's Game
Authors:Orson Scott Card
Info:Tor Science Fiction (1994), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Science Fiction

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1977)

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Science fiction at its best. Powerful story, memorable characters and insightful sociological study of humanity. ( )
  JoniMFisher | Sep 19, 2019 |
I needed a good, quick read to get my mind working on other things and Ender's Game was perfect. I hadn't read it since I was a teenager, but it's still very enjoyable, and in my heightened emotional state, I cried at the end for a good 10 minutes. ( )
  barrettlucero | Aug 23, 2019 |
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  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
Blew through this book in a handful of hours. Amazing. ( )
  schufman | Jul 20, 2019 |
Nice novel. The story was building interestingly but I didn't like the end. The voice is badly recorded and hard to understand. ( )
  deo808 | Jul 3, 2019 |
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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.
 

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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,
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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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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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