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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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Submitted by Jason 
(Jan 20, 2004)

Many times have I've read a wonderfully organized and well-known book and just frowned. The story is so dull that I have to roll through the chapters in eagerness to just finish the book. This book is not like that. In this book your mind and attention is captivated with every sentence OSC writes. I enjoyed the way Ender handles his situations solving problems for good. Peter, Ender, and Valentine are very bright and sophisticated children. Sometimes I ponder on how such young intelligent creatures could be generated by the somewhat dull parents in the story. All the same, I was very excited after I read this book.

Submitted by bryan_easter@yahoo.com 
(Nov 30, 2003)

One of the best sci-fi books ever written. It captures you from the first paragraph, and keeps you reading the whole way through. A wonderfully fulfilled plot and characters to love forever.

Submitted by SocraticMoron 
(Nov 30, 2003)

I adore Ender's Game (as I do basically all of OSC's books). For referemce, I read this book at age 16 or so and have reread it once per year or so for the last 10+ years now.

I was interested to read the responses by other reviewers who did not like the books.

It came to me as I read those other reviews that what I love about OSC is his character development. I totally buy his characters and love getting into them so completely. However, if you're looking for space opera (non-stop high-tech action) then don't read OSC, you won't like it.

Some complaints were about unbelievability. I am not a developmental specialist so I am unsure if the training of the children was unrealistic or not, but I did not think it jumped out as any more unrealistic than an average sci-fi books (specialists will always be disturbed by fiction that enters their realm of expertise). I bought the mental development of the children since they were portrayed as specially culled from the rest of the population.

Submitted by Anonymous 
(Oct 19, 2003)

I believe that this is an absolutely stunning book!

Card writes this in such away that it would appeal to a person whom does not care for science fiction. On the top, it looks like a "weird" book, by that, I mean super-genius children sent to a brutal battle school in space.

Once you read it, you can instantly connect with the characters, for their personalities are beyond any other character in any book I have ever read. They are very complex people. They are not the typical stereotype hero, they can feel great sadness and are capable of cracking under pressure.

Submitted by AnzianoB@AOL 
(Aug 01, 2003)

This book is fantastic. It is a great read for anyone with a taste for imaginative and unique writing that also dives into the mind a human being. While you read and worry about Ender's situation in his distant space station training school for children you are taken through the thoughts of his commanders and in their own morally disgusting way you find you come to like the mental style of breaking down and observing the mind of someone. Also watch the way Ender struggles to stay ahead of THE GAME and stop from going insane with pressure, isolation, and the hate of the other students who envy his superior mind. All along the siblings that Ender left behind have started a plot to make Ender's fratricidal brother in power over the now fragile world governments. Between this and all that happens to Ender while he's at battle school this book has the most and best complexity in characters that any author could hope to write. I found the dialogue not hard to follow but a very superb style of writing that everyone should read.

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