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Favorites Highlight: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

April 21st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


With so many great books out there to read I haven’t had a chance to really write about some of my all time favorite books but they certainly deserve some of the limelight.  So today’s highlight is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Description: In a world that survived an attack from an alien civilization humans have nicknamed “Buggers” children are recruited into a military training school from the tender ages of 5 or 6.  There they are trained in military tactics and engage in war games against other students.  Ender and his older brother, Peter, and older sister, Valentine, all showed promise of being the next great general to lead Earth in a battle against the Buggers.  Peter proved too violent and Valentine, too empathetic, would Ender end up being the perfect balance and the last hope for Earth’s survival?

I have to say this is one of my all time favorite books that I have read over and over again.  The idea of training young children to fight wars is mind boggling and watching the adults justify their actions is unbelievable.  It’s also amazing to see the mind set of the children involved in this training.  It’s hard to remember that they are 5, 6, 7 years old.  It’s also kind of sad that they are brain washed into thinking this whole war is some sort of video game and then tricking them into destroying millions of lives without realizing it.  You watch Ender taken as this young boy and eventually shaped into a leader of a squad of other children that literally follow him even if it means working themselves near to death.  He survives the bullying and murder attempts by older students despite the adults standing on the side lines watching to see how he will handle the situations.   Basically you watch him forced to grow into an adult in the span of just a few years.  Even if you are not into science fiction I would highly recommend picking up this book.  The story will pull you in and can’t wait to get to the end of the book.  Find it on Amazon here.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Favorite Books Highlight, Science Fiction

5 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I am going to blame the fact that I seem to be the only person not in love with this book on timing! I am starting to think instead of reading the next book in the series, I should go back and reread this one…

  2. dsuzuki

    I actually haven’t read the other books because I loved this one so much and heard the rest were not as good. Hope it’s better for you the second time around.

  3. Rebecca

    I actually found this book only a few summers ago. It was on a school reading list in the area and since I was teaching and trying to put together my own reading list I thought I’d check it out.

    I had previously never been much of a fan of Sci-Fi, so I wasn’t expecting much from this book, but I was totally blown away by it.

    I was intrigued by Orson Scott Card himself too – as a Mormon himself. I decided to check out his fictionalizations of Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel and Leah. They were very entertaining too – albeit on a totally different level than Ender.

    Anywho – I think Mr. Card is a hass and deserves to be read (I included him in my “Must Read” authors list!

  4. dsuzuki

    I’m glad you were blown away by it. Love this book!

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