Number of Pages: 324
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Release Date: January 1985
“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.”
This was my second time reading Ender’s Game, but it had certainly been a while since I previously read it. I had forgotten exactly how it ends and I was interested in reading the rest of the series, so I decided to pick it up once more. Now I remember why I loved this book so much!
As I was reading Ender’s Game I noticed the roots of several common modern-day science fiction concepts. For example, in Ender’s world the government regulates the population, and any children a family has after the first two are frowned upon by the rest of society. Also, the government takes young children and forces them to fight each other. Sound familiar? Although this book was published in 1985, the themes it contains still resonate with the science fiction genre today. Comparing and contrasting books from different times within the same genre fascinates me, especially science fiction. So much of it is based on what might happen in the future, and it really reflects what a society is like when the book was originally published.
The story itself is unique and immersive. Ender is alone for much of the novel- if not physically, then mentally- so much of the book is him thinking and working things out by himself. The other parts focus on his siblings, Valentine and Peter, who remain on Earth. At the beginning of almost every chapter there is a short scene between the adults running the Battle School, which I really liked. It gives the reader an insight into what is going to happen to Ender next, which is strange when the main character doesn’t even know what is going on. Despite the introspective tone of the novel in regard to Ender, it doesn’t seem repetitive or boring. It’s as much of an action story as it is a study of how Ender’s experience affects him on a psychological level. It is this dual nature that gives the novel its depth.
Overall, I really enjoyed rereading Ender’s Game. It’s a great science fiction story that has a little of everything in it (except for romance- sorry, all you romantics out there!). The brilliant twist at the end gets me every time, and there are so many tiny details to consider that I’m still thinking about the ending days after finishing the book. This was definitely worth reading a second time, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes, especially one that really likes science fiction. Fans of modern YA sci-fi will probably enjoy this one, or at the very least they will find it interesting to compare it to what they normally read.
Have you read Ender’s Game before? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!