Ender’s Game

In YA Book Reviews on October 3, 2013 at 3:09 am



by Orson Scott Card

Science Fiction/©1977/352 pages/Ender Quintet Series #1/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above*

Publisher’s Blurb:

Once again, the Earth is under attack. Alien “buggers” are poised for a final assault. The survival of the human species depends on a military genius who can defeat the buggers. But who? Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battleschool. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. In simulated war games he excels. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battleschool is just a game. Right?

My Thoughts:

This book has the reputation of being the best science fiction book ever written. Ender is an amazing character, and the action is non-stop. Even though I am not a big fan of science fiction, I was immediately drawn it and found it hard to put down. It has a very compelling plot with many twists and turns. There are sequels to this book which are more plot driven than character driven, but, for all intents and purposed, this book can stand alone. It is a fast read, but thoughtful. Although the content involves aliens, the themes are universal and lends itself to rich discussion. This is definitely one to read before seeing the movie.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Looking for more books like this? You might like The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy and the I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore.


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