Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I should’ve finished Ender’s Game before November but I wasn’t able to between work overload and the resulting fatigue. So when NaNoWriMo ended, the first thing I did was slip the novel back into my messenger bag for my reading.  I’m sure people on the bus appreciated it too since I didn’t go on a writing spree standing or sitting and taking up lots of space, while the wondered who the hell writes in colorful pens. They probably don’t care but still, thats done and Ender’s Game is done, reading at least. I’m still planning to see the flick which is only available in one theatre now and praying that it doesn’t exit before I plan out time to see it. Hopefully it’ll be next week! First, lets check out the novel!

ender's game coverEnder Wiggins is the Third in the family.  His older brother, Peter and sister, Valentine have both been rejected from the program.  Kids are essentially born because of their use to the world government to battle in the  impending bugger’s war.  Buggers once attacked Earth before and the government are now choosing potential kids to train early to defeat them when the time comes and before the time runs out hopefully.  Luckily (or not), Ender is chosen for his ruthless, cunning and natural survival instincts and sent off to space for training.  There, his potential leaderss Colonel Graff and Major Anderson to hatch secret plans to place in complete solitude in order to grow into the leader that they would like him to become. For training, the kids are all engaged into Battle games to improve their strategy.  But, is  Battle School really just a game?

I hate writing synopsis for novels.  I think I might just start taking the back of the book to do it.  Either way, the movie was released so maybe you saw the trailer and already know the whole concept of the novel.

Ender’s Game is a sci-fi fantasy young adult novel and the first in five books.  I read a lot of young adult and Ender’s Game falls in the category of slow build-up to let us understand how Ender Wiggin started.  The most intriguing part is how they start off each chapter with the plots of the upper level for his training.  It does a bit of the behind of the scenes of why certain things happened and what may happen.

However, after it builds up to the whole Battle School segment, it gets really amazing.  It draws the audience in because Ender thinks differently and he acts and is treated differently. The potential of his actions and how he struggles between what is right and wrong really makes it good.  The character development of Ender is a huge focus and I think that it really makes this novel a success.  Despite all the genius of his strategical and tactical abilities are shown, it also reveals bit by bit his inner struggles because no matter what, he is still a kid and he still is growing up, its just he is thrown into becomng an adult and have bigger responsibilities before he’s supposed to.

Overall, a pretty good read.  I realized I’m not so much into sci-fi and it takes a bit to get me into it and I’m not much into battles and strategy.  For example, I hate RPG strategy games like Final Fantasy Tactics, so the fact that this impressed me means that its actually pretty awesome in itself.  Give it a shot! I’m sure once you push through the beginning, you won’t want to put the book down.

I’ll definitely seek out the other ones slowly.  I just wonder what approach they’ll use afterwards.

I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll still get the chance to see this in theatres 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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