“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
Genre: Adult/Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I like that it’s a good book for everyone. I’m still a bit fuzzy about what age group the book is technically classified for. I feel like a 10 year old, their teenage sibling, and their parent could all pick this book up and be fine with reading it. It’s very readable to all age levels. It doesn’t feel childish even though we’re dealing with a very young protagonist but it also doesn’t feel old and boring like how adult fiction can sometimes be.
I initially enjoyed the battles and practices. It was fairly interesting. Then it got to be really boring. It was all they were doing and I can only take so much of reading about these practices. Then there’s the fact that I was having a really hard time visualizing what the practices looked like. I couldn’t really imagine how these kids were pulling off the maneuvers. I wanted to see more of what was going on outside the practice room. Eventually we got out of the battle room and went to command school but it felt like more of the same. I really wanted to see more of the outside world. What’s the deal with the buggers? Why are we relying on kids to save us? Too many questions, not enough answers.
Ender was odd. I have no problem with young protagonists. I generally read YA/MG and children’s books so a young protagonist isn’t a big deal. He just never, ever felt his age. He was 6 when the book started but he didn’t act, speak, think like any 6 year old I know. This carries on through out the book as he grows up. He never felt right. Maybe if the book changed the ages and started the book when he as 13 or so I would have liked it/connected with it more.
The bottom line? It was enjoyable enough. It’s not my type of science fiction though.
This was read for Book Hoarders Anonymous.
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