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.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Audience: Middle School and above
WARNING: Do NOT judge this book by the first couple pages, give it time and you will be happy with the rest of the book. Science Fiction is not my preferred genre, but I really enjoyed this story.
This book is a classic that many people have been required to read for school. I however, decided to read it on my own accord and fell in love with the book and the characters. At first I was a little suspicious reading the opening pages, for the book starts out with semi-confusing vocabulary (due to the fact that the story is set in the future and the author has come up with futuristic ideas) and the characters are not very well established. I did, however, begin to slowly enjoy the book as the main plot began to take shape.
Ender Wiggin is at first, I will admit, just a smart genius kid who doesn't appreciate his gift. However, the reader can soon figure out just how much Ender uses his gift. He fear is to become too controlling like his brother, and is very humble in the sense that he judges his every move, analyzing it afterwards to see if it was justified and the right thing to do.
So, because of these descriptions, you're probably assuming Ender is a teenage boy making his way into the adult world. Instead, he is merely 6! His sister is 7 and their older brother only 9 when the story starts. Although time is sped up in the matter of a few pages a few chapters in, the change in time is appropriate and only adds to the story The book does need a bit more of a distinction between when the characters are having inner thoughts and when the writing goes back to third person. This story is so relatable yet very imaginative and intriguing though, and I really enjoyed it.
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