Michelle’s Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Michelle’s Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott CardEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card
Published by Tom Doherty Associates on 1994-07-15
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook
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four-stars
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. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

Is Ender the general Earth so desperately needs? The only way to find out is to throw him into ever-harsher training at Battle School, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. His two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Among the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

This Special 20th Anniversary Edition of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is now digitally remastered with a full cast production. It also contains an exclusive bonus: an original postscript written and recorded by the author himself, Orson Scott Card!

This was a book I’ve always been aware of. Perhaps there were kids growing up who were reading this book around me. Perhaps its title was thrown around in conversations about books. Perhaps I was aware of the movie and some of its controversey regarding the author’s views. Regardless of how I knew about it, I had never read it and perhaps never really expressed a desire to. Until I was looking for audiobooks for a long road trip with my fiance and grabbed a young adult science fiction book in ho…moreThis was a book I’ve always been aware of. Perhaps there were kids growing up who were reading this book around me. Perhaps its title was thrown around in conversations about books. Perhaps I was aware of the movie and some of its controversey regarding the author’s views. Regardless of how I knew about it, I had never read it and perhaps never really expressed a desire to. Until I was looking for audiobooks for a long road trip with my fiance and grabbed a young adult science fiction book in hopes that it was something that we would both enjoy.

I was correct.

In fact, so much so that I had to ask my fiance if we could listen to the radio for a bit to take a little break from the audiobook. He wanted to keep binging on the story, to keep it going. That is saying quite a lot, considering that while he enjoys books, he can be a picky reader. I enjoyed listening to it, with the particular edition having multiple voice actors.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this story. I knew it had something to do with a child soldier, but the true breadth of the story caught me by surprise. It was a very deep story, with lots of layers and ideas. My favorite storyline was Ender’s, as I typically foudn myself bored or confused by Valentine’s.

It stands well enough by its own, without the other books in the series, though not everything gets solved. There were a few parts of the story that were a bit too abstract for me to fully grasp, but that might have had more to do with my own passing attention span.

I’m glad I finally read this book and look forward to watching the movie. However, I doubt if I will delve into the other books in the series. There is a reason why this is a classic and taught in a variety of schools.

pj - michelle

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