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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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(Jul 19, 2000)

In eighth grade i was assigned to read Ender's Game by my English Teacher.  We had to read the first four chapters by the end of the week, and like always i put it off until the last minute.  I started it at 10:00 and read until 4:00 in the morning.  I finally put it down, because even though i was so interested my eyes could not allow me to continue.  My copy of EG is now torn up, and tattered.  So i bought another paperback copy, and i bought a hardback copy.  The hardback sits in a plastic cover untouched, while the paperback has not been read out of because i use the old one. 

The Book starts out with Ender and his great perception on adults(which all three children have)  That is one of the special things is how great of an idea these kids have on the world.  The story is never about the wars going on as much as Ender trying to stay human while having to do all of humanity's dirty work.  The quest is not only to train to be a commander, not only to beat the Buggers, but the quest is for ender to remain a good human being while doing so.  Ender's life is full of pain throughout, because he keeps his humanity while doing terrible things.  Ender's Game is a sad tail for Ender, and a triumph for humanity, but in the end the reader would rather see Ender happy, then the Buggers destroyed.  However in this sad tail, that will not happen.  Ender tells Valentine late in the story that he has to leave, because he is almost happy.  He says that he has lived so long with pain that he would not know what to do.  This is the true tragedy of Ender.  He was forced with pain so much, that he needs it to keep living.

Submitted by Mark
(Jun 16, 2000)

My 6th grade English Teacher first gave me a copy of Ender's Game just after Christmas vacation.  At the time I was reading other books, so I waited a while to start the book, but once I got reading I just couldn't stop.  I gave it back to him a month later saying I loved it.  Then I read it again at the end of 6th grade.  Again at the beginning of 7th grade, again during Christmas vacation of 7th grade, again during summer vacation. In 8th grade the book was required reading, but I didn't need to read it, I had practically memorized the book by reading it 5 times in just 2 years.

This book is a classic and will always remain in a special place in my heart.  It teaches lessons about how terrible, yet necessary war is, and how one child can get wrapped up in it.  It teaches how adults can influence children so much, and how children and make other children pull back from society.  It is as much a book about the social issues of war to children, to how love for children, but duty to win a war can make an adult feel.  It is a top notch science fiction novel, but that's not what it is.  It's a book about society, and children, and how they should respected, but how they are used.

Submitted by
(Apr 25, 2000)

I first read Ender's Game over ten years ago.  This story was so enchanting that I had to lend it to a friend, then another, and another, and another, and so on.  I got the book back two years later and the pages were yellowed and dog-eared, the binding had failed too.  I was amazed at the strength of the story to captivate all who held the book.

Submitted by Julie
(Sep 23, 1999)

"Ender's Game," by Orson Scott was a book that I couldn't put down. I have read many books in my life, and this was my favorite. The character in the book Ender will be a character that will stick in my mind probably forever. He was so young when he left his family to another planet. Him, Valentine, and Peter I shall always remember. Orson Scott did a wonderful job describing the characters and showing their feelings and emmotions. He brought out a life-long message if you really look into it. I recommend "Ender's Game", to everyone who has a love for science fiction novels or not.

Submitted by Chris Smith
(Sep 13, 1999)

Ender's Game is a captivating story about a young boy caught in the middle of a galactic scandal--xenocide. The human race was attacked by a race of aliens they call the bugs. Now, decades later, they will launch a counter-attack led by this young boy--Ender--who has been specially bred and trained to commit a crime like no other recorded in the many long hisories of Earth. He will be responsible for the destruction of an entire species of intelligent beings. But will he be remembered as a hero... or a killer?

Card weaves an intricate plot together with questions about the very nature of humanity. One of the most thought-provoking novels ever and certainly among the best.

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