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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card



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Submitted by Anonymous 
(Aug 30, 2002)

'Ender's Game' is the first book of the Ender Saga written by Orson Scott Card. It is an excellent book for sci-fi lovers and is based around a six year old boy named Andrew, or Ender Wiggin. It is set in the future after two attacks from the buggers, named so because of their bug like appearance. The author leads you to believe another bugger invasion is on the way and that a commander from the human fleet is desperately needed. Enders brother Peter was too violent and his sister Valentine too mild. This is why Ender's parents were allowed to break the law and have a third child, in hope of getting a combination of the previous two. Ender is taken to battle school where there are several hundred other hopefuls. He soon becomes the best here and is promoted straight to command school instead of going through pre-command school. Ender soon learns that the bugger invasions are not as he thought and that the humans are actually going to invade the buggers. This book had a disappointing ending which was rather boring.


Submitted by Max 
(Aug 30, 2002)

The book 'Enders Game' has been overrated by many other reviews I have read. It is a great book to read and I would recommend it but there are others I would recommend before it.

Sometime in the near future an alien race nicknamed the 'Buggers' (This can be somewhat humorous when the children play 'buggers and astronauts') invades the Earth's solar system.

Since then the government has been breeding genetically modified genius children who could one day control their armies.

One of these children just happens to be the main character, psycho try hard Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin, who beats everyone at everything and does the whole hero thing, save the world etc.

The book is full of action but nothing huge at all, but you do get to know and bond with the characters very well which is a very good thing for a book to have.


Submitted by dog 
(Aug 30, 2002)

Well, the rating really tells you everything you need to know about the book. Normally I have no problem reading sci-fi, but this one was a real struggle. Some people say this books bad, but I say they're wrong. Bad would be a huge improvement.

First, let's look at the main characters. The main character, Ender, is a genetically engineered six year old with a sense of survival. The main problem with Ender, and also his siblings, is that they're too smart. A six year old kid who reads and writes as well or better than most adults do? I don't think so! I mean, this kid apparently learnt algebra at three.

Second, the plot. The story goes that an alien race came to invade earth, but was just defeated. Now the international fleet has to find a child to defeat them once and for all. That child is Ender. He has to do some tasks, and is put under pressure a child could not handle. And the Ending is not very good.


Submitted by marder 
(Aug 30, 2002)

'Enders game' is a book about the life of a 6 year old boy as he goes off to battle camp to become a commander. He is being trained to kill the buggers, a race of bug like creatures. He is a genetically enhanced soldier created to lead the new troops to war against the buggers. The world has united since the first invasion and among other strict rules there is a limit of 2 children per family 3 children were attacked and mocked. Ender was the third in his family. The book also flicks back to the life on earth of his brother Peter and his sister Valentine but not too often.

This book seems to have a very odd perception of the future and lacks realism although the scenes in the battle dome are good and happen to be the highlight of the book. A lot of the book lacks action and tend to become boring then all of a sudden when your about to fall asleep it throws an interesting bit in. This book takes a lot of patience to read because of this. The book also seems to come to a sudden halt then goes into a reunion of Ender and Valentine.

Pros
The fights in the book spark interest and also are very detailed as well as the battle dome in the school. As well as the virtual game in command school

Cons
The book lacks realism and action. It is full of boring parts that seem to drag on. The book tends to drag on unimportant parts and jump through what seems to be more important


Submitted by Zane 
(Aug 03, 2002)

No punches, I simply love this book. I agree with critics that argue EG's science fiction authenticity but any other critisism is unwarented. Card paints a picture, not of landscapes or still life but of souls. I believe the true mark of a good book is character development, and if Card does anything, he developes charachters that we all can get to know and love.

That said, the battle school, the games and the images created by Card help to create a wolrd where imagination and creativity can take place. It is true that if the reader is looking for a truley unique plot they will not find it here. The magic of Ender's game is in the journey and for the reader that wants to feel the story, there is not better spinner of tales than Orson Scott Card.

No punches. I simply love this book!


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