Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Book - 1991
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Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 1991.
Edition: Revised edition.
ISBN: 9780312932084
Branch Call Number: CAR
Characteristics: xxi, 226 pages ; 24 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 30, 2018

*Ender’s Game* is probably the best starting point for people who have never read science fiction. Science fiction movies are mostly action. SF *books* are often intelligent, thoughtful explorations of morals, politics, psychology, and the nature and future of humanity. *Ender’s Game* is a particularly good example of a book that is both exciting and thoughtful.

In a future America, Earth has survived an attack by an advanced alien race, because of the brilliance of one military leader and a lot of good luck. Earth’s leaders assume that an attack will come again, but we have several decades to prepare for it, because the invading civilization is so far away. The most talented children are sent to Battle School, a space station where they learn military strategy. Ender Wiggins is the most talented student, but also the most morally advanced. How can he be trained to destroy the enemy?

*Ender’s Game* is about moral choices. What are we willing to do to win a game? Are we willing to sacrifice our children to win a war? How do you know if you are the “good guys” or the “bad guys” in a war? It's a great book for discussions because of its depth but also because it is exciting to read even while making you question whether war is something to be excited about.

Nov 26, 2018

Really good, in fact when somebody says "Good science fiction" this is the first one I think of. Unfortunately there is a lot of language in this book. Despite that, Ender's Game falls under the "best book" category. It is very well written and I would count this as a great book to add to anyone's library.

Oct 05, 2018

I loved this book. I liked the way it was written and the story line. I highly recommend this book.

Oct 02, 2018

The next two books in the Ender Wiggin Saga are available in e-book and audiobook.

Aug 12, 2018

Although it was tough and slow for me to read through, very bit and piece stuck with me up till the end. I enjoyed it a lot!

Jun 04, 2018

Though I prefer Ender's Shadow over Ender's Game, there was still a lot of secrets and exciting moments in Ender's Game to make it worth the read, even when I had already read Ender's Shadow.

Note: If you have not read either books yet then skip this paragraph. Though Ender's Game is a great standalone book, I had some serious problems getting thorough it because of some key contradictions with Ender's Shadow (which cannot list for spoiler purposes). Because of this, all you guys who have read Ender's Shadow but not Ender's Game, I can only recommend the book and give it a 9/10.

However, for anyone that has not read Ender's Shadow, not only am I strongly recommending you to read this book, but I am also giving it a 10/10.

SPPL_Anna Mar 12, 2018

I have a complicated relationship with this book. Card has said and done things that I disagree with strongly, but I read Ender's Game long before I knew any of that. I loved this book when I was fourteen, and I've reread it multiple times since and I still love it. But in this era, I find it important to ask ourselves how much we can divorce a work from its creator.

Feb 24, 2018

The movie was not as good as the book, this is an exercise in the development of mind control and ignores the possibilities of AI which would process information faster than any human. Humans are good at decision making but terrible at sorting huge amounts of data. Is the human mind developed enough at puberty to take on such awesome responsibility? The author obviously thinks so. A very interesting first book by this author.

Jan 05, 2018

This was an absolutely AMAZING book. I loved reading the battle strategies and the political debates between Valentine and Peter. This book kept me wanting more until the very end, and let me say the ending was very satisfactory. No loose ends, no plot holes, by far one of the best books I've read.

Sep 10, 2017

Ender's Game is one of Orson Scott Card's brilliantly crafted novels. This book follows Ender in an electrifying effort to save humanity. The Formics (or buggers) have attacked again, but this time the International Fleet has something planned. Born and bred to be a genius among geniuses, Ender Wiggin is earth’s last hope. They put him through these “games”. Day in, and day out, these games are played, but as the deadline draws closer, the question will finally be answered: will Ender be smart enough to save humanity in its time of need?
Throughout this story, I found that Card expertly introduced characters and implemented different moods and atmospheres with great effect. He can make you grow attached to a character that was only introduced a page ago, and develops everyone very well. The depth of everything in this book is very surprising, and I found myself finishing it in only a couple days. Overall, it is a must-read for young adults, and a perfect entry into the sci-fi world. Definitely a 5/5 for me.
- @ANIMAL279 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Apr 07, 2017

"So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other."

Jul 04, 2016

I don't care if I pass your test, I don't care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat so can I. I won't let you beat me unfairly- I'll beat you unfairly first.-Ender

Jun 04, 2016

“Alai suddenly kissed Ender on the cheek and whispered in his ear, ‘Salaam.’ Then, red-faced, he turned away and walked to his own bed at the back of the barracks.”

Dai Huu Nguyen
Aug 03, 2015

"I'll lie to him."
"And if that doesn't work?"
"Then I'll tell the truth. We're allowed to do that, in emergencies. We can't plan for everything, you know."

Jul 03, 2015

“Ender Wiggin isn't a killer. He just wins—thoroughly"

Jul 10, 2014

"They found me through the ansible followed it and dwelt in my mind. In the agony of my tortured dreams they came to know me, even as I spent my days destroying them; they found my fear of them, and found also that I had no knowledge I was killing them. In the few weeks they had, they build this place for me, and the Giant's corpse and the playground and the ledge at the end of the world, so I would find this place by the evidence of my eyes. I am the only one they know, and so they can only talk to me and through me."

Jul 10, 2014

If you could make them feel as you can make me feel, then perhaps they could forgive you.

Nov 04, 2013

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”

acciomanga Oct 13, 2013

"Third, the most noble title a child can have."

Jun 28, 2013

"Sometimes a lie is more dependable than the truth"

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May 29, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: ender kills small kids

Nov 06, 2013

Violence: lots...fist fights zero gravity fight Ender breaks a guys arm and crushes a boys arm and it crushes his lungs and heart

Nov 06, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: EPIC!!!

Nov 06, 2013

Coarse Language: Ba**** and B**** and S*** and ...

Nov 06, 2013

Sexual Content: naked kids fight

Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date, November 1, 2013 (USA)

Oct 30, 2012

Coarse Language: a lot of the the word. son of a _______ and the Ba word


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Jun 26, 2015

Genius kid, aliens, video games and fake battles with no gravity to train for war, and a whole space station! How cool, right?

Apr 12, 2012

After being attacked by aliens for the second time, Earth’s government is preparing for a third encounter with the creatures known as the ‘buggers’. Six-year-old Ender Wiggin, the youngest of three brilliant children, has been monitored by the military for his suitability as a potential commander in the upcoming war. Surpassing expectations, Ender is taken to interstellar Battle School where he learns the arts of military strategy and leadership, practicing his skills in simulated war games while leading an isolated and lonely existence of his instructors’ design.

Readers will quickly come to sympathize with Ender; he misses his family, wishes for friendship and acceptance, doesn't want to hurt anyone, and above all wants to be a good person. Ender's deepest fear is not of the buggers or death in battle, but of seeing his sadistic brother's tendencies in himself, a dread triggered by Ender's strong survival instincts and calculated acts of self-preservation. As Ender is forced to defend himself, and his brother Peter struggles to master his own violent impulses, their sister Valentine observes that the brothers are “Two sides of the same coin, but which side is which?” (p. 238) Ender's Game raises the question of what makes killing a crime: the act itself, or the motivation behind it? Good fiction refrains from delivering a moral lecture, instead leading readers to ask themselves difficult questions, and teens will appreciate the absence of pat answers in this novel as they work out their own views.

Ender's genius is evident in his unusually independent and innovative thinking, and his ability to adapt to new situations. He is creative and elastic, pushing beyond perceptual barriers to find original ways of solving problems. As a leader, Ender wisely trusts his soldiers to develop winning strategies through play and experimentation. It soon becomes apparent to the reader why risk-taking children, not yet entrenched in restrictive patterns of thinking, are the government's hope to save the human race from destruction.

The novel touches on a plethora of topics ranging from religious oppression to colonisation. The importance of communication, perspective and understanding are underscored with the revelation that the entire bugger war is due to the failure of the two sides on these counts.
Trust, deception and manipulation run through the adult/child relationships in the book. The Battle School trains students to be weapons in a war for the common good, and treats them accordingly without indulging individual desires. Teen readers will relate as adults in their lives enforce decisions about school and socializing that are more in line with long-term societal values and expectations than the immediate wishes of the teens themselves.

Ender's Game balances the inherent excitement and action of battle with psychology and politics, exploring diverse, complex characters and the relationships between them. Set largely in outer space with gifted protagonists aged six to sixteen, this lengthy and multilayered tale will appeal to strong readers of all genders, especially those with an interest in war, computer games, outer space, or fiction involving moral dilemmas. The final part of the book is a moving meditation on guilt and forgiveness, with a surprising and complicated chance at redemption. Teens entering the age of independence and deliberation will take heart from the novel’s message that whatever mistakes they have made in the past, be they crimes or ignorant acts of recklessness, the future is still theirs to shape.

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