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Ender's Game (2013, original release: 1985)


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Published: *** Book Discussion books check out for 6 weeks with no renewals *** New York : Tor, 2013
Edition:  [various editions]
Description:  368 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780765337542 (pbk.), 0765337541 (pbk.), 9780765378484,
Language:  English

"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

"A major motion picture event this fall"--Cover

Also published: (New York : Tor, 2014. 380 p.)

Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is a brilliant, ruthless, cunning, a tactical and strategic master, and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it?


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Teen Book Review by Anubhav A.

Ender’s Game is a novel about coming to age way before one is supposed too. It’s about being faced with problems that one might not know how to deal with, but dealing with it in the one way he can. In Ender’s Game, the main character, Arthur “ Ender” Wiggin is a Third. In the dystopian future that this novel is set in, Families are encouraged to have only two children, but Ender’s family, obviously, is different. Therefore, he must have two more siblings. One, his sister, is essentially the love of his life. She always comforts him when he is faced with his older brother, Peter, a sadistic human, driven by his rejection. However, Ender finds a way out, and eventually defeats the enemy, Buggers, a race of insect like aliens with much better technology, in an otherwise straightforward science fiction plot. However, the plot tends to drag a lot when Peter and Valentine decide to take over the world….with debate forums. As much as I see the need for a different story, I find it hard to believe that two kids can take over the world with debate forums. Furthermore, I do feel that the book tends to be a bit chauvinist in its design, as, apparently, women” ...often don't pass the tests to get in. Too many centuries of evolution are working against them.” Sure, this book was written in the 1980s, but the idea seems a bit dated, even by its standards.

Even with the sometimes dragging plot and the dated concepts, I would still recommend the book, just by the creativity of its plot, and the psychological difficulties that Ender and his siblings face. Just don’t read the sequels, if you expect any action.
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