Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a science fiction novel that takes place in Earth’s future. Humanity has advanced over the years, but it has encountered an ant-like alien race called Formics, also known as the “buggers.” In order to deal with this new threat, the Battle School was created by the International Fleet to prepare intelligent young boys and girls for a career in the military.
The story follows a six year old boy named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin over the course of seven years. Ender is drafted into the Battle School due to his high intelligence and compassion based on him being a combination of his brutal brother Peter and his passive sister Valentine. He goes through vigorous training and education while at the school, and he’s presented many challenges that he must overcome in order to succeed.
Even though Ender’s Game was never intended to be classified as a young adult book, it’s a compelling story that young readers will enjoy. The story is deeper than most young adult stories, but it’s told in such a way that most will understand. The character development is well-established. Ender grows as a character as the narrative progresses; he goes from being a young boy to a teenager who has been through turmoil. The incidents at Battle School change him as a person, and the school and teaching methods force him to grow up quickly. At the end of the novel, he is no longer an innocent child but a scarred adolescent. Peter and Valentine are well-developed characters as well. Although the reader doesn’t spend a great deal of time with these two characters, the scenes they do have show their character and what each of them is truly capable of.
The plot is developed in such a way that it seems believable. If an alien race were to attack Earth, humans may act in a similar manner to defeat the enemy. The book is able to reflect how humans might react to a threat and how they will do anything necessary to survive. While the world development mostly involves being in space, the description of different areas keeps the reader’s imagination working. Ender is moved around throughout the book, and he must adjust to different surroundings. The reader is able to see the different areas through the eyes of a child, which gives an alternate perspective.
Ender’s Game is a captivating story that keeps the reader’s attention. There is no excessive fluff that is only there to fill space. Scenes are kept short and to the point without adding in unnecessary details. Ender’s Game has won both the Hugo award and Nebula award in science fiction, and it deserves all the positive recognition. Readers of all ages will be able to enjoy this book, and it’s possible that this will be regarded as one of science fictions best works for many generations to come.
My Rating: ★★★★★