Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I'm not a big fan of SF but I truly loved Ender's Game. My friend recommended the book to me many times but I never read it because the plot seemed boring. Aliens trying to take over Earth; the fate of Earth depends on one person. Way overdone. Finally, after endless pushing, I took the book out of the library. It really is a great book. Although the book is SF, the emphasis is not on the Aliens or the technology but on the characters. I could relate to the characters and could symphasize. The age of the children and their maturity is a bit unbelievable. I have a brother who is six year old and I cannot imagine any six year old being able to say and think the way Ender, or any of the children in the books do. It would have been more likely if they were 11 or 12. After reading Ender's Game I read all the books by OSC that I could get my hands on but my favorites are still Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Shadow of the Hegemon. I am eagerly awaiting Shadow Puppets and Shadow of the Giant.
Submitted by Dennis
"Enders Game" was the best book to everyone I know who read it. This book makes you never want to read another book,it is remarkable how the author (Orson Scott Card)writes. In Enders Game you can picture exactly what they're doing, but if you try to picture what the characters look like, it spoils the book like one of the books covers. When you read this book you forget all your worries and it is amazing how this book can change how you think and talk. I would recommend this book to anyone. If you dont read this book it's your loss!
Submitted by Yael
Its wonderful. This book is one of the only books which realy made a difference in my life. I don't have alot to add about the story - It's simply good - but the characters...
The character of Ender made me want to be a better person, and for that I will never forget the book, the author, and of course - Ender.
To be compassionnate, to try and understand the other person, to fight to stay a good human being no matter how hard it is. To always search for the truth.
This book (as well as "speaker for the dead", the sequel) is recommended to everyone. Not just SF lovers, not just fiction readers, but to everyone. It's just might make a difference to you too.
Submitted by Greg
When I first read Ender's Game, I was 10, and though I may have been a little young to understand all of the book, it still changed my views of a lot of things. Granted, the book does have a few weak points. The story is wonderful, but the plot involving the aliens and how we defeat them is a little unoriginal, but is nevertheless compelling. Second, this book is really more inclined to teens and maybe a little older. Adults will probably enjoy it unless they think of it as merely a childs adventure and criticize it on that level and how it has a linear story at times. That being said, this is the best Sci-Fi book I have ever read. I had to read it again when I was going on 15, and it was so much better the second time around. The book gives you a sense, especially for the kids, of hope, love, power, and sadness. You become totally immersed in the book as you read on. All the little details all add up to something, and nothing (that I remember) is really left hanging. The final battle is very intense even though little is happening, but it will for many, leave you breathless. The book is a long hard journey that you will want to read through and the ending is such a success because you know how the character feels, that you too are also exhausted and are relieved that the characters are done, but it is a good kind of relief that will stick with you for sometime. Read this book, now. For ages 25 and under: B+ to A+ For ages 26 and over:C- to A, varies among individuals
Submitted by Kevin
This review is in response to Sam's review posted on 3. Sep 2001. I first read Ender's Game when I was in High School. I had read Mr. Card's book on writing speculative fiction, where he talks about the formation of both the world that Ender's Game is set in and the novel itself. On the subject of this being Science Fiction. I have no doubt that it is. Is it "hardcore" science fiction? I would have to wonder about that. After all, unlike Asimov or Bova or Geffory A. Landis, Mr. Card is not a scientist who also writes Science Fiction. Instead he is a professional writer. Perhaps a common perception of Ender's Game is that it is a children's book. This is not so. The story is not aimed at a child at all, and the point of view is not a child's either. Instead the character of Ender should be looked at as an adult. He acts as an adult. He works like an adult (this is particularly evident in Command School where he commands the other "children"). The point of nudity has been raised. On a literal level perhaps you are correct, however, literature is not simply the denotative qualities of the words used, but how the words interact together. The careful reader of Ender's Game must then ask why the children are nude. My response would be that it shows the characters innate innocence that the leaders of Battle School are trying to maintain. After all, if the children knew it was real could they go on learning to fight? The reason that Ender does not notice Petra's body is not a sexual perversion (though that is an interesting point), but I would argue that because of the stress on Ender to succeed, that part of his mind has not developed. In other words, his conscious mind refuses to accept sexuality because it would distract him from his ultimate goal. Also, I think that it is in error to bring Mr. Card's personal life into the novel. How does knowing that Mr. Card is a Mormon and family man effect a reading on the novel. I really can't see how a biographical reading would yield any understanding of this novel, though there are many where I believe that such biographical knowledge is essential. For instance the book "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs, but that is a different novel all together.