He'll forgive me that I had my monitor a whole year longer than he had play buggers and astronauts, maybe I won't have to play, maybe I can just go read a book. .. It would not be a good game, Ender knew it was not a question of winning. ENDER Ender's Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide * forthcoming Portions of this book were recounted in my first published science fiction story, In science fiction, however, the whole point is that the ideas are fresh and startling and. this war happens, there'll be too much, even for a genius. He has to be a genius and nice. too Document1 ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card.
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But itdoesn't work. I can see you for what you really are. Theymeant you to be human, little Third, but you're really abugger, and now it shows. He put more and more of his weight on Ender. It became hard to breathe. And I could say that I didn'tknow it would hurt you, that we were just playing, andthey'd believe me, and everything would be fine.
Andyou'd be dead. Everything would be fine. Peter might mean it. Probably didn't mean it, butthen he might. I meanit. They only authorized you because I was so promising. But I didn't pan out. You did better. They think you'rebetter. But I don't want a better little brother, Ender. Idon't want a Third. And when he was dead, I didn'tknow it would kill Valentine too. Not today. But someday you two won't be together. And there'll be an accident. You want to be elected.
And they won't elect you if youropponents can dig up the fact that your brother and sisterboth died in suspicious accidents when they were little. Especially because of the letter I've put in my secret file,which will be opened in the event of my death. Peter killed me, andif he hasn't already killed Andrew, he will soon.
Not enoughto convict you, but enough to keep you from ever gettingelected.
You better be there. We scored as well as you didon everything. Better on some things. We're all suchwonderfully bright children. You're not the smartest, Peter,just the biggest.
But there'll come a day when you aren'tthere with him, when you forget. And suddenly you'llremember, and you'll rush to him, and there he'll beperfectly all right. And the next time you won't worry somuch, and you won't come so fast. And every time, he'llbe all right. And you'll think that I forgot. Even thoughyou'll remember that I said this, you'll think that I forgot. And years will pass. And then there'll be a terribleaccident, and I'll find his body, and I'll cry and cry overhim, and you'll remember this conversation, Vally, but you'll be ashamed of yourself for remembering, becauseyou'll know that I changed, that it really was an accident,that it's cruel of you even to remember what I said in achildhood quarrel.
Except that it'll be true. I'm gonna savethis up, and he's gonna die, and you won't do a thing, nota thing. But you go on believing that I'm just the biggest. Peter leaped to his feet and started for her. She shiedaway. Ender pried off his mask. Peter flopped back on hisbed and started to laugh. Loud, but with real mirth, tearscoming to his eyes. I can make you guys believeanything. I can make you dance around like puppets. Thisis who needed it.
This is who should have got it. He held itup. That's blood, Peter. Ooh, I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die. Ender killed acapper-tiller and now he's gonna kill me. Peter was a murderer atheart, and nobody knew it but Valentine and Ender.
Mother came home and commiserated with Ender aboutthe monitor. Father came home and kept saying it wassuch a wonderful surprise, they had such fantastic childrenthat the government told them to have three and now thegovernment didn't want to take any of them after all, sohere they were with three, they still had a Third He lay in bed staring upward into the darkness On thebunk above him, he could hear Peter turning and tossingrestlessly.
Then Peter slid off the bunk and walked out ofthe room. Ender heard the hushing sound of the toiletclearing; then Peter stood silhouetted in the doorway.
He thinks I'm asleep. He's going to kill me. Peter walked to the bed, and sure enough, he did not lifthimself up to his bed. Instead he came and stood byEnder's head. But he did not reach for a pillow to smother Ender. He didnot have a weapon. I'm sorry, I'm your brother. I love you. Ender peeled the bandaid from his neck. And forthe second time that day he cried. He really loves her. She can undo it all, from the start. He won'twont to leave her.
We're allowed to do that inemergencies. We can't plan for everything, you know. He keptwondering what it would be like at school. Facing Stilsonafter yesterday's fight. What Stilson's friends would do. Probably nothing, but he couldn't be sure. He didn't wantto go.
Peter came into the room. Thanks forleaving your slimy washcloth in the middle of the shower. Someone was at the door. Father thumbed a key and a man appeared on hts video. He was wearing the only military uniform that meantanything anymore, the IF, the International Fleet. Peter said nothing, just poured milk over his cereal. And Ender thought, Maybe I won't have to go to schooltoday after all. Father coded the door open and got up from the table.
A few moments later,Father came back into the room and beckoned to Mother. I'm a juvenile. You've got no rights. I'm too sick to go to school. After all, for years theyhad expected someone to come and tell them that Enderhad passed, that Ender was needed. They might have realized I was the best ofthe lot after all. The door opened. Father glowered. The IF officer roseto his feet when they entered, but he did not extend ahand to Ender. Mother was twisting her wedding band on her finger.
With your shoe, Ender, thatwasn't exactly fair. He had expected someone fromthe school to come about Stilson, not an officer of the fleet. This was more serious than he had thought. And yethe couldn't think what else he could have done. Ender shook his head again. He didn't know what to say,and he was afraid to reveal himself to be any moremonstrous than his actions had made him out to be. I'lltake it, whatever the punishment is, he thought. Let's getit over with.
Kicking him in the groin, kicking him repeatedly in the faceand body when he was down-- sounds like you reallyenjoyed it. This excuses anything? You had alreadywon. I wanted to winall the next ones, too, right then, so they'd leave me alone. Ender did not like to cry and rarely did; now, in lessthan a day, he had done it three times.
And each time wasworse. To cry in front of his mother and father and thismilitary man, that was shameful. But the officer stood up and stepped across the room toEnder. He held out his hand. Colonel Hyrum Graff. I'm director of primary training atBattle School in the Belt. I've come to invite you to enterthe school.
What would you have done if Andrew had killedhim, given him a medal?
It's why. Your son has been cleared by the IF Selective Service. Of course we already have your consent, grantedin writing at the time conception was confirmed, or hecould not have been born. He has been ours from then, ifhe qualified. Until we knew whatEnder's motivation was, we couldn't be sure he wasn'tanother-- we had to know what the action meant.
Or atleast what Ender believed that it meant. But that's the name he callshimself. But for Ender, the choice has not beenmade at all. Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but forofficers we need volunteers.
At the sound of his voice, theothers fell silent.
Wiggin, that is classified information. But I can say that none of our boys who makes it throughthe first year has ever failed to receive a commission as anofficer. And none has served in a position of lower rankthan chief executive officer of an interplanetary vessel.
Even in the domestic defense forces within our own solarsystem, there's honor to be had. Ender almost said, I want to. But he held his tongue. Thiswould keep him out of school, but that was stupid, thatwas just a problem for a few days. It would keep him awayfrom Peter-- that was more important, that might be a matter of life itself.
But to leave Mother and Father, andabove all, to leave Valentine. And become a soldier. Enderdidn't like fighting. He didn't like Peter's kind, the strongagainst the weak, and he didn't like his own kind either,the smart against the stupid. Mother paused to squeeze Ender's hand. She closed the door behind her when she left. There aren't any vacations fromBattle School. No visitors, either. A full course of traininglasts until you're sixteen years old-- you get your firstleave, under certain circumstances, when you're twelve.
Believe me, Ender, people change in six years, in tenyears. Your sister Valentine will be a woman when you seeher again, if you come with me. You'll be strangers. You'llstill love her, Ender, but you won't know her. You see I'mnot pretending it's easy. I've been watching the monitor disksfor some time. You won't miss your mother and father, notmuch, not for long. And they won't miss you long, either. He turnedhis face away, but would not reach up to wipe them. But you have to understandwhat your life has cost them.
They were born religious,you know. Your father was baptized with the name JohnPaul Wieczorek. The seventh of nine children. That was unthinkable. Youknow the sanctions, Ender-- they were not as harsh then,but still not easy. Only the first two children had a freeeducation. Taxes steadily rose with each new child. Yourfather turned sixteen and invoked the NoncomplyingFamilies Act to separate himself from his family.
Hechanged his name, renounced his religion, and vowednever to have more than the allotted two children. Hemeant it. All the shame and persecution he went throughas a child-- he vowed no child of his would go through it. Do you understand? You can't expectthem to be glad.
But your father and mother are a specialcase. They both renounced their religions-- your motherwas a Mormon-- but in fact their feelings are stillambiguous. Do you know what ambiguous means? They conceal it.
To the degree that your motherrefuses to admit to anyone that she was born in Utah, lestthey suspect. Your father denies his Polish ancestry, sincePoland is still a noncompliant nation, and underinternational sanction because of it. So, you see, having aThird, even under the government's direct instructions,undoes everything they've been trying to do.
Your father stillnamed you with legitimate saints' names. In fact, hebaptized all three of you himself as soon as he got youhome after you were born. And your mother objected. They quarreled over it each time, not because she didn'twant you baptized, but because she didn't want youbaptized Catholic. They haven't really given up theirreligion. They look at you and see you as a badge of pride,because they were able to circumvent the law and have aThird. But you're also a badge of cowardice, because theydare not go further and practice the noncompliance theystill feel is right.
And you're a badge of public shame,because at every step you interfere with their efforts atassimilation into normal complying society.
You'd beamazed at how sensitive the instruments are. We were connected directly to your brain. We heard all that youheard, whether you were listening carefully or not.
Whether you understood or not. We understand. The question is whether they want youhere. Your presence in this house is a constant disruption. A source of tension. Your life itself. Your brotherhates you because you are living proof that he wasn't goodenough. Your parents resent you because of all the pastthey are trying to evade.
Completely, unstintingly, she'sdevoted to you, and you adore her. I told you it wouldn'tbe easy. Studies, just like school here, except we putyou into mathematics and computers much more heavily. Military history.
Strategy and tactics. And above all, theBattle Room. All the boys are organized into armies. Dayafter day, in zero gravity, there are mock battles. Nobodygets hurt, but winning and losing matter. Everybody startsas a common soldier, taking orders. Older boys are yourofficers, and it's their duty to train you and command youin battle. More than that I can't tell you. It's like playingbuggers and astronauts-- except that you have weaponsthat work, and fellow soldiers fighting beside you, and yourwhole future and the future of the human race depends onhow well you learn, how well you fight.
It's a hard life, andyou won't have a normal childhood. Of course, with yourmind, and as a Third to boot, you wouldn't have aparticularly normal childhood anyway. They don't often pass the tests to get in.
Toomany centuries of evolution are working against them. None of them will be like Valentine, anyway. But there'll bebrothers there, Ender. Well, Peter isn't all bad, you know. He wasthe best we'd seen in a long time. We asked your parentsto choose a daughter next they would have anyway hopingthat Valentine would be Peter, but milder. She was toomild. And so we requisitioned you.
Our tests are very good, Ender. But they don't tell us everything. In fact, when it comesdown to it, they hardly tell us anything. But they're betterthan nothing. Stay here, grow up, be happy. There are worse things thanbeing a Third, worse things than a big brother who can'tmake up his mind whether to be a human being or ajackal. Battle School is one of those worse things.
But weneed you. The buggers may seem like a game to you now,Ender, but they damn near wiped us out last time. But itwasn't enough. They had us cold, outnumbered andoutweaponed.
The only thing that saved us was that wehad the most brilliant military commander we've everfound. Call it fate, call it God, call it damnfool luck, we hadMazer Rackham.
We've scrapedtogether everything mankind could produce, a fleet thatmakes the one they sent against us last time seem like abunch of kids playing in a swimming pool. We have somenew weapons, too. But it might not be enough, even so. Because in the eighty years since the last war, they've hadas much time to prepare as we have. We need the best wecan get, and we need them fast. Maybe you're not going to work out for us, and maybe you are.
Maybe you'll breakdown under the pressure, maybe it'll ruin your life, maybeyou'll hate me for coming here to your house today. But ifthere's a chance that because you're with the fleet,mankind might survive and the buggers might leave usalone forever then I'm going to ask you to do it.
To comewith me. The manlooked far away and very small, as if Ender could pick himup with tweezers and drop him in a pocket. To leaveeverything here, arid go to a place that was very hard,with no Valentine, no Mom and Dad. And then he thought of the films of the buggers thateveryone had to see at least once a year. The Scathing ofChina. The Battle of the Belt. Death and suffering andterror. And Mazer Rackham and his brilliant maneuvers,destroying an enemy fleet twice his size and twice hisfirepower, using the little human ships that seemed so frailand weak.
Like children fighting with grown-ups. And wewon. If I don't go, why am Ialive? Up until thetime you get in my car with me, you can change yourmind. After that, you stay at the pleasure of theInternational Fleet. Do you understand that? Let's tell them.
Father held Ender tight. There was nothing to pack. No belongings to take. And as for toys-- there's only one game. He reached up andtook Colonel Graff's hand and walked out the door withhim.
And as he got into the car that waited silently in thecorridor, he heard Valentine's anguished cry. I love you forever! Isolatehim enough that he remains creative-- otherwise he'lladopt the system here and we'll lose him. At the sametime, we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability tolead. Mazer Rackham could handle his littlefleet and win. By the time this war happens, there'll be toomuch, even for a genius.
Too many little coats. He has towork smoothly with his subordinates. He has to be a genius and nice. I'll be waiting for you to get here. Iwatched the vids of what he did to the Stilson boy. This isnot a sweet little kid you're bringing up here. He's even sweeter. Butdon't worry. We'll purge that in a hurry. Well, maybe. When they put back the piecesafterward, and it makes them better. Does this mean I get a raise? The budget isn't inexhaustible.
But Ender was disoriented before he left Earth'sgravity. Before the shuttle launch even began. There were nineteen other boys in his launch. They filedout of the bus and into the elevator.
They talked and jokedand bragged and laughed. Ender kept his silence. Henoticed how Graff and the other officers were watchingthem. Everything we do means something,Ender realized. Them laughing. Me not laughing. He toyed with the idea of trying to be like the other boys. But he couldn't think of any jokes, and none of theirsseemed funny.
Wherever their laughter came from, Endercouldn't find such a place in himself. He was afraid, andfear made him serious. They had dressed him in a uniform, all in a single piece;it felt funny not to have a belt cinched around his waist. Hefelt baggy and naked, dressed like that. There were TVcameras going, perched like animals on the shoulders ofcrouching, prowling men. The men moved slowly, catlike,so the camera motion would be smooth.
Ender caughthimself moving smoothly, too. He imagined himself being on TV, in an interview. Theannouncer asking him, How do you feel, Mr. Actually quite well, except hungry. Oh, yes, theydon't let you eat for twenty hours before the launch. Howinteresting, I never knew that. All of us are quite hungry,actually. And all the while, during the interview, Ender andthe TV guy would slink along smoothly in front of thecameraman, taking long, lithe strides.
For the first time,Ender felt like laughing. He smiled. The other boys nearhim were laughing at the moment, too, for another reason. They think I'm smiling at their joke, thought Ender.
ButI'm smiling at something much funnier. Therearen't any window seats. The other boys laughed. Ender was near the last, but not the very last. The TVcameras did not give up, though. Will Valentine see medisappear into the shuttle?
Theyweren't supposed to miss anybody. Ender didn't knowabout the censorship, but he did know that running to thecameras would be wrong. He walked the short bridge to the door in the shuttle.
Henoticed that the wall to his right was carpeted like a floor. That was where the disorientation began. The moment hethought of the wall as a floor, he began to feel like he waswalking on a wall. He got to the ladder, and noticed thatthe vertical surface behind it was also carpeted. I amclimbing up the floor. Hand over hand, step by step. And then, for fun, he pretended that he was climbingdown the wall.
He did it almost instantly in his mind,convinced himself against the best evidence of gravity. Hefound himself gripping the seat tightly, even thoughgravity pulled him firmly against it.
The other boys were bouncing on their seats a little,poking and pushing, shouting. Ender carefully found thestraps, figured out how they fit together to hold him atcrotch, waist, and shoulders. He imagined the shipdangling upside down on the undersurface of the Earth,the giant fingers of gravity holding them firmly in place.
But we will slip away, he thought. We are going to fall offthis planet. He did not know its significance at the time. Later,though, he would remember that it was even before he leftEarth that he first thought of it as a planet, like any other,not particularly his own. He was standingon the ladder. Administrator of the School. Like a principal. They told me I had to come back or I'dlose my job.
Ender smiled back. He felt comfortable with Graff. Graffwas good. How, I beg you, how are we supposed to take the idea that a pair of kids end up taking the world by posting in online forums and blogging?
As if we people of the internet didn't have enough delusions of grandeur already. I had to wait for the last 20 pages to get information that was of any worth to the story at all. I'm talking about Mazer's Rackham explaning view spoiler [the buggger's communications system hide spoiler ] to Ender. As for the 'twist ending': I honestly, and I mean, honestly did not find that riveting.
It was predictable and, worse, did not justify all that I had to read to make my way to the end. It was hard to feel for Ender.
I say this as a high-school nerd in my own day, as the reviled and hated and made-fun-of socially awkward kid who wanted to be good at whatever they did. But that doesn't make me any more sympathetic to Ender.
Honestly, I fail to see what's so great about Ender anyway. I am so infuriated at Card for this. Apart from Ender's claim to intelligence which is never completely explained, by the way there is nothing, NOTHING, that is worth justifying him as the protagonist of one of scifi's supposedly best books ever. Yes, he loves his sister Valentine. Yes, he doesn't want to hurt people. Yes, he goes ahead and does it anyway.
Again and again. Uhm, major wtf there. I had such hopes for this book. Not impossibly high or anything. At the very least, I had expected to like it, you know? I remember, as I worked my way past chapters 4,5,7,10, I expected it to get better. I expected myself to be mistaken at the initial dissatisfaction, then incredulity, then mild annoyance and then a string of sad sighs and resignation to dislike.
Alas, I wasn't mistaken. I felt betrayed. I thought this book was right up there with those 'kindred ones', you know? The sort of books you can come back to again and again.
Instead, what I got was a bad plotline, progressively unrealistic plot developments, and a cast of flat, lifeless, unpleasant characters to boot. Ender's Game, how I wish I had loved you. Why did you forsake me thus. Jul 15, Hollie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was the first book I picked up and read all the way through in one sitting. Technically, it's not a difficult read but conceptually it's rich and engaging.
They call us children and they treat us like mice. It's about intelligent children. Not miniature adults- their motivations, understanding, and some-times naivete clearly mark them as children. But at the same time their intell This was the first book I picked up and read all the way through in one sitting. But at the same time their intelligence and inner strength define them clearly as people. Their personalities are fully developed, even if their bodies are not.
The book is about war. About leadership. And about the qualities that make some one a powerful or admirable individual not always the same thing. In this book children are both kind and cruel to each other as only children know how to be. It is not an easy book for anyone who understands childhood to be a happy time of innocence. Even still, the characters retain a certain amount of innocence. The questions posed by the war, by the handling of the war, are relevant today, as they were when the book was written, and as they have been since the dawning of the atomic age.
Foremost is the question of what makes someone or something a monster. It is an easy read, but not always a comfortable one. I'd recommend this book for intelligent children.
The sort that resent being talked down to and treated like kids. Here is a book that does not talk down to them, but understands and empathizes with them. Also I recommend it for adults who used to be that kind of child, even if science fiction is not your usual interest. More pure science fiction fans will find it interesting, as will those who enjoy exploring the philosophies of human nature and war.
This book sets out to make you think. View all 42 comments. Nov 06, Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing. I read this story quite a while back with no special expectations. Like most books I read it just happened to be lying around the house. I read it, was hugely entertained, and went on to read three or four of the sequels. I've heard since all manner of 'stuff' about the author but what's true and what isn't I don't know and I'm not here to critique the man behind the keyboard.
All I can do is report on the contents of the book and those I can thoroughly recommend you check out. The main character, I read this story quite a while back with no special expectations. The main character, Ender Wiggin, through whose eyes we see the story unfold, is a child genius. Ender's story is told because he is very far from ordinary. OSC employs a bunch of fairly standard story-telling tricks. Our hero is underestimated at every turn, he exceeds expectations, we know he's got it in him and we're frustrated by the stoopid people who just won't see it.
However, OSC manages to bake an irresistable cake using those standard ingredients and once he starts sprinkling on originality as well, you've just got to eat it all. This is sci-fi, not hard sci-fi, not soft sci-fi It has a slightly old school EE Doc Smith feel to it, and you expect someone to pull out a monkey-wrench whenever the computer starts smoking, but none of that worried me. Given the date it was written there's some quite prescient stuff about the internet here, although shall we say Additionally the inclusion of female and Muslim characters whilst not front and centre was fairly progressive for not ground breaking but certainly ahead of the curve.
This is actually a book with good messages for the time about equality, and one which poses interesting philosophical questions about what happens with races with orthogonal thought processes come into contact, and how far one can or should go in such situations.
There definitely is some characterisation going on. We're not talking Asimov's Foundation here where brilliant ideas invite you to forgive cardboard characters. The people here are decently drawn and Ender has his own angst involving genius psychopathic siblings that is quite engaging.
However, it's the stuff that goes on that drives the story. The war games in preparation for battling the aliens, the unfortunately named 'Buggers'. These war games and Ender's brilliance in overcoming increasingly dire odds are a major theme and I loved them.
And then there's the twist. I'll say no more on that except that I was too engaged with the story to see it coming, and when it hit me It doesn't work for everyone but it did for me! I have now seen the film - which I enjoyed. The film skips a lot that's important to the book, but I found it entertaining.
EDIT 2: That's pretty damn cool! Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I checked out site and can surely see why I wanted to give it a shot. Talk about a cult following of people absolutely smitten with it. I suppose this book could be some kind of manifesto for misfit nerds who waste their life playing video games or a source of legitimacy for motivating tired Marines sick of drilling The book rambles on infinitely about the boy genius Ender and his laser tag in a zero gravity vacuum.
I also suppose we could kid ourselves into thinking the novel brings to light the necessity of Machiavellianism in conflict or maybe we could discuss the pathetic New Age garbage the book ended with as our annoying protagonist spreads some half crocked neo-religion amongst space colonies in which you love the enemy you are forced to annihilate. Some sort of cryptic Latter Day Saints plug by the Mormon author?
First of all, like even the best science fiction, the characters were one dimensional card board cut outs. This starts with the dorky, self absorbed protagonist Ender himself. I can deal with this problem if the plot is cool enough ala Dune.
Dune, too, often times dealt with children geniuses, however it was explained and made sense in the story. We have no idea why Ender and the other children of which Speaking of children, did any of you guys pick up any sort of creepy pedophile vibe in this book?
How many times were we told of naked little boys? Why were there references to their tiny patches of pubic hair? Why did Ender have to have his big fight naked while lathered with soap in the shower?
And the corny Ebonics that the children randomly spoke in? The third rate and minuscule insight we were given about the geopolitical conditions on Earth were terribly dated.
The Warsaw Pact dominated by Russia? What a cheap rip of Orwell. Of course, Ender is never beaten at anything he does. I suppose we are to be awed by his victories but, strangely, his greatest triumph was his stoic willingness to use some sort of super weapon to destroy an enemy wholesale via exploding an entire planet. On the cover of my book, it suggests this book is appropriate for 10 year olds.
What could a child get out this book? May 26, J. Keely rated it liked it Shelves: I was savaged by a miniature poodle the other day--wait--no, someone protested my review of The Giver the other day. If you have any pent-up rage from that college lit teacher who forced you to think about books, be sure to stop by and spew some incoherent vitriol--my reviews are now a socially acceptable site of catharsis for the insecure.
In any case, one of them made the argument that children need new versions of great books that are stupider, because children are just stupid versions of norm I was savaged by a miniature poodle the other day--wait--no, someone protested my review of The Giver the other day. In any case, one of them made the argument that children need new versions of great books that are stupider, because children are just stupid versions of normal people. Coincidentally, in my review of Alice In Wonderland , I happen to put forth my own philosophy regarding children's books.
In short: However, if someone were to say that this book were a childrenized version of Starship Troopers, I wouldn't sic a poodle on them. Also, both authors have their heads up their asses and there must be a pretty good echo in there since they keep yelling their hearts out about one personal opinion or another. However, Orson Scott Card doesn't get into his pointless author surrogate diatribes until the second book in this series, so we may enjoy the first one uninterrupted.
So it's a pretty good book for children, and like romeo and Juliet, it's easy to see the appeal: But more than that, it's not a bad book in general, so I guess I don't have to bother defining it as dumbed-down, or 'for kids'. Then again, a lot of grown-ups seem like they need their books dumbed-down.
I'm pretty sure when it comes to stupid versions of things, adults have the monopoly. View all 67 comments. Jan 11, Alexander rated it it was ok. I read this novel because it was often the favorite novel of students of mine, and I wanted to understand why.
I should mention that I love science fiction, and have read it avidly since I was barely more than a child. I'm not by any means some kind of anti-sci-fi snob. The first thing that bothered me is that the novel sets adults against gifted children in a way that strikes me as bizarre. Adults are essentially evil but teachers especially.
The children are inherently excellent, capable of hel I read this novel because it was often the favorite novel of students of mine, and I wanted to understand why. The children are inherently excellent, capable of helping each other in trying to figure out just what the adults are hiding, which is, in this case, a vast and secret war they are tricking the children into fighting for them. This was perhaps the hardest to believe of all the things thrown at the reader, and interestingly, it is hidden from you until the very end, though you can guess at it before then.
What disturbed me the most is that the writing is terriblefar too much happens internally, inside the character's head--it's an emo space opera, basically--and one of the most interesting events of the book is nearly buried and the presentation of it is rushed, because it is near the end. There are many points in the battle scenes where it is impossible to understand what's happening. And the penultimate plot event, where it's revealed all of the games were not.. But the novel was overdetermined, things happening only because the writer wants them too and not because they feel inevitable, and so too many of the arrows point in the same direction.
By the time Ender meets Mazer, his final teacher, my eyes rolled back into my head at the implausibility of it all. And it's worth mentioning the thing no one prepared me for was the bizarre homoerotic subtext built into the book as well, a subtext that is sometimes just a plain old supertext, on display, right beside how women in this novel are to be loved distantly and kept from real knowledge, and turned against themselves, so they can then be used to compel others.
It creeped me out and I'm gay. I'm also a former 'gifted child', and was tested and poked and pushed, all of these things, made to study computer programming when I didn't want to, and I made myself fail out of their program to get away from them.
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But I found no commonality with the gifted children here, not as I have in other stories about gifted children, say, like Salinger's Glass family. Also, these kids are all jerks. I do hand it to Card for the ideas in the novel: It's in here, well before anyone was doing it, and it Also the idea of an institution that runs on the manipulation of its populace into a distant war with an implacable foe, as a way of controlling people.
And a society that has no privacy at all, not even in dreams. This novel does offer a dark picture of what life is like under these terms. Also, the idea of how a hive-mind would think differently, without language, and the complications of communicating with someone like that, that's brilliant also.
I wish it had been revised--that the battle scenes were clearer, that the movement of the novel's action, the way the 'buggers' are in a race to try and communicate with Ender before he kills them, that this were more obvious to the reader, and not a surprise whipped out at the end, so that it could have lent tension to the scenes of the games and manipulation, which were only boring.
And Ender's decision, to be the Speaker for the Dead, that struck me cold, because in the end, the buggers were only trying to do what everyone else in his life were doing to him: The novel contains a rant against style at the beginning, added by Card, called 'literary tricks' by him. I think the most interesting thing about it is that given the millions sold, it is proof that story matters more than style, even as convoluted and badly formed as this one is.
In the end what matters is the questions the novel raises and the implications of the questions, and that the novel really is about something at its core, behind all of the badly rendered fight scenes. I admire style, don't get me wrong. I love it.
But it would appear you can get by without it. View all 57 comments. Jan 14, Matt rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: View all 11 comments. Aug 13, John Wiswell rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Hardcore sci fi fans. This is a novel that blows past conventional ideas like "disbelief.
Thanks to this plan, we are treated to a gaggle of super-intelligent children who seldom appear particularly clever in fact many behave with adult maturity rather than abnormal intellect and achieve greatness not through a This is a novel that blows past conventional ideas like "disbelief. Thanks to this plan, we are treated to a gaggle of super-intelligent children who seldom appear particularly clever in fact many behave with adult maturity rather than abnormal intellect and achieve greatness not through any great effort that we follow rather you'll read recaps of their successful efforts , but because the author wants them to achieve these things.
In this, the definitive edition of Ender's Game , there is almost nothing earned within the plot. It's a decent story, but for a book with so many events there is very little consequence or risk, and the character development is so linear and stale.
That last quality is particularly cloying considering that, prodigies or not, most of the characters are children and at least one of them should develop in an unexpected way.
Instead the unexpected developments we get are humorlessly absurd, like two prodigies fooling the world with a fake op-ed column that earns them political power. The ending is predictable and deliberately anti-climactic, robbing the novel of its one true punch. The trade-off is, instead of getting the thing the book was building to, you get the opportunity for sequels and spin-offs. If you liked the infallible, mostly emotionless and paper-thin protagonist, then that's a good thing.
If you were hoping to have the hours you put into the book validated with some real emotion at the end, well, neither this author's definitive edition nor any other is going to help you. View all 28 comments. Mar 09, Lyn rated it really liked it. This was a really good book. On its surface it is a great story about a young boy who goes through tremendous struggles. On another level it is a brilliant psychological character study and an observation of group dynamics.
On still another level it was an intelligent allegory for violence and bellicosity in ourselves and our society. There is a listopia list that calls this the best science fiction novel. Mmmmm, maybe. I can see why someone would say so. I have heard where military organization This was a really good book. I have heard where military organizations have assigned this for cadet reading. It is very good, certainly high in the running and on a short list of best ever.
I will read more by Card and may read more of the Ender series. View all 32 comments. Jun 25, Stella Chen rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I fail my exams this week, I blame this book. Ah Ender's Game, how you have sat on my bookshelf for over a year before I got to you.
You have been so nicely received by the sci-fi community so why did I put you off? My stupidity aside, I hope you guys will still consider this 5-star review to be credible and valid. I'll list off the pros and cons to this novel and you can decide. An adorable main character. Ender Andrew Wiggins was a breath of fresh air from the strong heroine of YA literature. Being a 6 year old at the beginning of the novel, I was completely caught off guard by his maturity and how sneaky he was.
The tactics used in the Game. The reason the Hunger Games was interesting to me were solely due to the tactics Katniss used to stay alive, Well, guess what? Ender Wiggins just pretty much kick this Katniss chick's butt. Oh the perceptive of Valentine and Peter was also very fascinating. The political backdrop highlighted by Demosthenes and Locke was very refreshing for a science student like me.
Now, I shall move on to the cons: The lack of romance. Haha, just kidding. I am glad the focus was on Ender and his growth to his maximum potential. The lack of romantic development is one of the best thing about this novel.
I find romance takes away from such a masterpiece. Just to be clear, there are no cons to this book. I am just a fool who never listen to others' opinions and it often comes back to bite me in the rear. Joke's on me, I suppose. Mar 11, Kyle Nakamura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Kyle by: This has to be, hands down, one of the best science fiction books written.
Ender's Game is set in a disarmingly straightfoward sci-fi setting: The story centers on a young boy who is drafted into an all-consuming military training program at the age of 6. The program he's inducted into seeks to forge a new generation of military commanders out of gifted children, a This has to be, hands down, one of the best science fiction books written.
The program he's inducted into seeks to forge a new generation of military commanders out of gifted children, and it's sole purpose is to break them at any cost, until they finally discover someone who can't be broken.
What follows is an emotionally complex and at times painfully familiar story of children struggling to accept their inner demons. Ender in particular is cursed with a brutal combination of profound empathy for others, and an overwhelming survival instinct that drives him to win no matter what the cost. It is this combination of gifts that may make him the commander the fleet needs in it's war against the alien invaders, but only if Ender can find a way to survive the burden of understanding his enemy so thoroughly that he can no longer see them as "the other," but as a reflection of himself.
The story is fast-paced, and Card's signature style of simple, plain language and streamlined descriptiveness serves to bring the characters front and center at all times. This book is infused with a very real sense of psychological and spiritual dislocation, and treats it's young protagonists as fully realized, intelligent, 3 dimensional characters struggling with very adult questions. Card's other signature: The conflicts between characters are made all the more powerful by the almost total lack of mystery: This book is thought provoking, emotionally complex, and ethically challenging.
It's a powerful examination of conflict and violence, military necessity, family roles, and the ways in which we use the idea of "the other" to justify all manner of savagery. View all 7 comments.
I decided to read the novel basically because the incoming film adaptation it was "incoming" at the moment that I read the book and I wanted to read the original book before of watching the film.
I am aware of the controversial opinions about sensitive social subjects, but I want to keep that out of this and only commenting about my impressions about the book itself.
First of all, I doubt highly that the film adaptation will be so crude in certain developments of the story mainly because of that the protagonist of the story is a child.
This very same story using an adult, even a young adult, and this book wouldn't impress anybody. However I think that establishing that this is a story set into the future of humankind, I think that how the children think, talk and act here is not far-fetched.
Maybe in could be Now, children have all the access to internet just like this "futuristic" story sets, and now kids got "mature" very quickly, not a real maturity per se, but the exposure to so much information in the web and the interaction on social networks, forums, blogs, etc So, that angle is very visionary. No doubt about it, and maybe because of that, the book will remain as something relevant to read not matter if we enjoyed the reading or not of it.
Now, the development. I found odd that in his life on Battle School, you only get the practices and exercises, and you only read about how Ender learn from his peers and never from the teachers, it's supposed to be a school but you never see how are "classes" there. It's like if he wouldn't get any valuable education from adult teachers.
The book was really interesting while Ender was still very young but as soon he got a promotion to commander, I think that much of the "spark" of the narrative was lost. Like on Starship Troopers. I guess that it's easier to get a lot of killing without provoking so much social shock. I am sure that when Peter did some awful things to one single squirrel disturbed a lot of people, me included, but killing insects?
If a kid kills an animal, it's a sure signal that they have a psychopath on their hands, but killing a cockroach? An ant? A wasp? Unless you are a monk in Tibet, you have kill an infinite quantity of insects on your life and you didn't think twice about it again. So, the easiest way to make people confortable with massive killing is convincing them that they are not killing sentient life forms but dang bugs.
And, yes, that not only works here, in this book, but in many dark moments in our history. View all 22 comments. May 01, Rebecca Watson rated it it was ok Shelves: Once upon a time, there was a tiny 6-year old boy who all the other kids picked on. Little did they know that he was very special and all the adults secretly loved him even though they didn't stop anyone from picking on him, and also he knew karate and he didn't want to hurt them but he would if he had to, and it just so happens that he has to.
Also he spoke and thought not like a 6-year old boy but as a smug year old man with a fair amount of unresolved bitterness toward his childhood Once upon a time, there was a tiny 6-year old boy who all the other kids picked on. Also he spoke and thought not like a 6-year old boy but as a smug year old man with a fair amount of unresolved bitterness toward his childhood. I finished this book very quickly, not because I am a misunderstood supergenius toddler, but because if I lost any momentum at all, I'd put this book down and never again be able to screw up the energy to deal with the pretentious little prick known as Ender Wiggin.
I really wanted to like the book. The basic outline of the story is fine and even appealing to me: But the writing was, at times, excruciating. To be fair, had I read it when I was a fairly average, I'm sure year old, I probably would have found it more enjoyable.
But as an average, again adult, I found it to be about pages too long and filled with long passages during which I developed a loathing of the main character at precisely the moment when the author clearly wanted me to admire his cleverness, strength of character, and bold moral wrestling.
Aah, the psychological pain he endures at being the best at strategy and physical combat! Oh why can't he find a teacher who can teach him something he doesn't already know! If they're pushing his face backward, does that mean his head hit the door? His face can't hit the door if it's not facing it. The final act started off well enough and brought everything to a satisfactory conclusion, and then the book continued on for another 25 pages that should be considered by nerds to be as unconscionable as the final episode of Battlestar Gallactica, where all reason and logic are dispensed with in favor of some weird fantasy that pretends to wrap up everything in a nice and neat bow.
It's interesting to compare this to Dune, which I read last month. Dune does a similar thing young adult-style writing about a young boy with great powers who will save the world but does it without making the main character insufferable. Unlike Dune, I don't think I'll bother reading any other books about Ender, the universe's tiniest supergenius. View all 31 comments.
Oct 21, unknown rated it really liked it Shelves: Lots of people have already read this book, and it's pretty much universally acclaimed, so it probably doesn't really need another review. So I just want to point out one thing that bothered me both times I read it with a decade at least in-between at that: Isn't it weird how much time the kids in this book spend naked? The entire time Ender is at Battle School, Card constantly tells us how everyone is always sleeping naked, or walking around the barracks naked or jogging naked.
And one of the Lots of people have already read this book, and it's pretty much universally acclaimed, so it probably doesn't really need another review.
And one of the major fight sequences happens in the shower, and Ender's opponent strips down beforehand so they can both be naked. And did I mention that the genders are mixed if mostly male and the oldest character in the book is 12? I don't know, maybe it's just me. It's not like I'm offended, it's just odd and a little distracting.
Don't kids have shame in the future? This review brought to you by the word "naked. But it didn't fit the naked theme. View all 44 comments. Hmmm, I find it hard to understand the level of following this particular book gets.
Ender's Game is the type of sci-fi that doesn't interest me much. I can work up some interest for these things, but there has to be some characters I care about. However, how exactly am I supposed to find compassion for a boy who goes from one task to another never failing and always being the best at EVER Hmmm, I find it hard to understand the level of following this particular book gets.
Where is the conflict and character growth here I wonder? And then the kids. I wish even one of the characters actually acted like a kid, or a human being at least. I personally only saw cardboard in every direction. I suppose there are some interesting ideas about military training, manipulation, and leadership, but I admit, I mostly found myself bored to death by numerous battles, which I couldn't visualize, and it's-so-hard-to-be-the-bestest-ever-genius whining.
Listening to the author's speech at the end of my audio book didn't endear me to him personally either. He is just not a very sophisticated person, but he surely knows his audience of prepubescent boys and gamers well.
Plus I have very little respect for writers who create not because they have something important to say about our society and human condition, but because they are paid 5 cents per word to do it. I think I will stick with Ursula K. Le Guin for now, whenever I am in a mood for some alien action, and resign myself to the fact that Ender's Game 's cult classic status is something I will never be able to understand.
I did have a blast reading reviews about the author's obsession with naked, soap-lathered little boys. How they came up with this pedohomoerotic BS, I have no idea. Did we read the same book? I also had a blast reading Card's raging homophobic "essays. View all 60 comments. Oct 15, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 49 comments. Set at an unspecified date in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the Formics, an insectoid alien species which they dub the "buggers".
In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult g Ender's Game The Ender Quintet 1 , Orson Scott Card Ender's Game is a military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card.
In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed. View 2 comments. Jan 13, Celeste rated it it was amazing Shelves: Full review now posted!
Some books define different aspects and periods of your life. I first read this book when I was 9 years old and just starting the 4th grade.
I was the only kid in my small class in the Gifted program at that point, which set me apart. I was an odd child, athletically challenged and socially inept and physically awkward. I had teeth too big for my head, ears too far large for my face, and hair Full review now posted! I had teeth too big for my head, ears too far large for my face, and hair that pencils could get lost in. My only true friends at this stage in my life were family members and books.
Here were kids who were different, who were often hated and belittled by other children because of those differences, but who discovered that those differences were actually their strengths.
Pieces of the cover are missing. The spine is broken. The pages are yellow. I just read this book for the 8th time. I read it in elementary and junior high and high school, once every couple of years, just to remind myself that what made me weird could make me strong. I pushed it into the hands of kids I could see myself in when I became a teacher. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Never have I been happier to be wrong. This book packs just as much punch for me 19 years later as it did the first time I cracked it open.
Adults are the enemy, seeking to isolate him and push him to his breaking point. But he will not be broken. However, a time comes when he has to put the mission above his relationships, and has to stand alone. His empathy and drive and monstrous intellect are awe-inspiring, but are they enough to keep him from finally shattering beneath a weight too large for his small shoulders to bear?
I honestly feel that this book is appropriate for all ages. Be they child or adult, this book will make them feel less alone. And if you yourself are different, if you march to the beat of your own drum even when the world demands your silence, read this book and feel understood. Original review can be found at Booknest. View all 19 comments. Nov 03, Will M. I can't believe it took me forever to finally read this. I chose to watch the movie first last year, because I remember not having the physical copy of the book yet.
That was the biggest mistake of my reading life. The book is way better than the movie. I know you've probably seen that phrase a million times, but I can't fully express how it truly applies to Ender's Game. I can't find a flaw even if I wanted to. Everything seems perfectly written and constructed. I'm going to be honest and say th I can't believe it took me forever to finally read this. I'm going to be honest and say that I hated most of the overhyped books here on goodreads, but the hype that Ender's Game received's truly deserving.
It lived up to my expectations, and continued to amaze me as every page went by. The character development in this novel's truly astounding. It's really nothing like the way the movie introduced the characters. Everyone in the novel felt important, and their transformation had a huge impact to me. Valentine and Peter were both very much established, and their life journey [as children] was somewhat different, but completely interesting and amusing at the same time.
If I remember correctly, the movie didn't even show that both of them became Demosthenes and Locke. That part of their story truly amazed me. This novel showed that age doesn't matter in making a difference. It's all about courage and knowledge to truly express what's inside your head.
I didn't like Peter in the moral sense, but his violence and bullying led to Ender and Valentine's positive growth. It may have affected Ender in a bad way, but if you look at the overall change that Ender exuded, it's remarkable how violence led to success.
I think I'm going to retract my statement that I can't think of any flaws. I believe the author was too harsh with his characters, too harsh in a sense that it became a bit unbelievable. Unbelievable in the sense that I haven't really encountered a child who was pushed too much that he's capable of murder. I'm not talking about Ender, because despite everything he did, his humanity was still very much evident.
I'm talking about Bonzo. How could he be capable of murder, and not have any guilt afterwards. If the author presented a violent past, then maybe I could still digest the fact that he became evil , but he was just evil like that. He expressed his anger by raging on Ender, without a concrete and well-explained reason why.
That's the only problem I could think of, and it's not even really a problem to be honest. It's so minor that the magnificence of the novel can easily cover up this personal opinion of mine. It's not even bothering me, I just wanted to present a slight flaw so that this review wouldn't seem to kiss the novel's ass so much, even though I think it is.
I've lived too long with pain. I won't know who I am without it Yeah, that line in the near end says it all. Ender's a changed man, call me sadistic, but I believe it changed him for the better. He's become the strong young man he's supposed to be. The plot and character development were both amazing, as I repeat. It's original [for me at least] and the ending truly depicts that the author's not done trying to destroy Ender's humanity.
I can't wait to read the succeeding novels, even the Shadow series after. This series made it to my top favorite, alongside A Song of Ice and Fire, or maybe I could just say that this is my favorite Sci-Fi book, and possibly series.
If you really read the review, then it's obvious that I'm giving this the highest possible recommendation to anyone. The hype might make you cautious, but seriously, this is novel is amazing. View all 14 comments. Jul 23, Becky rated it did not like it Shelves: I'm officially giving up on this one.
So, a little disclaimer here. I do not like Orson Scott Card. As a person. I think he's a shitty human who's used his award-winning author status as a platform to advocate the denial of other humans' rights.Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. Valentine saw it too.
If I don't go, why am Ialive? Whether hero or villain or most often something in between , the characters are fascinating and full Way Station by Clifford D. He is a Chauvinist known to believe that women are the weaker sex and were only put on this world to make babies.
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