I just finished Ender’s Game, and it was one of my favorite books as soon as I read the first chapter. The story involves a six year old boy, Ender, who is being prepared to save the human race through leadership, cunning, and out-thinking a fearsome alien race. Most of the story takes place in Battle School, where Ender must learn to fight better than any human ever has, even when all the odds continue to be stacked against him. Card combined battle smarts, psychology, and an unforgettable hero to create a completely original novel.
Card’s characters were incredibly believable. He combined situations of real people, a world war, and manipulative teachers, while making it extremely interesting. The details of battle school were excellent. The words he uses to describe things makes you think this place really exists, or this situation really occurred. Ender’s Game is a wondrous tale of willpower, knowledge, mercy, wrath, deceit and much more. It is a must read.
Author Orson Scott Card completely astonished me with this book. It has opened me up to reading more of his books, and reading in general. It showed me that when you pick up a book, you never really know what you’re in for. Ender’s Game was the winner of both the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards for the best science fiction novel of its time.
Recommend for: 11 – 18 years old.
Fans have posted a number of videos on YouTube acting out scenes from the movie, doing reviews, or making fake movie trailers based on the book. Here are a couple:
Review from Expo TVBooksMagazines
Home made Ender’s Game trailer by Joe Mancuso
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