Let me start off by saying, these books are Science Fiction. BUT. Before you run away (all you girly girls out there…) if you have any love for the human race, for people different from you, for military tactics, history, or even child development, these are definitely books for you. Ender throws all preconceived ideas of science fiction out the door – it isn’t overwhelming and strange – it’s us, 100, 300, 1,000 years from now, struggling to face those who are different. It’s pretty self-explanatory so you don’t have to go into it as a science geek – in fact, the more open you are the better – but isn’t that just how books are?
In my opinion, and that’s just what this is, Ender is one of the most likable characters I’ve ever come across in any book. Born a third child in North Carolina in a generation that prohibits more than 2 children, Ender was sanctioned by the government to be a military commander before he was even conceived. True, they didn’t know that he would be great – in fact, no one is sure of that, but he’s still their best choice of defeating a race much stronger than ours. And it’s all chance (and maybe some skill) that he’ll live up to the government’s hopes.
Throughout the entire series, Orson Scott Card does a remarkable job of telling Ender’s story from many different angles – the government, Ender’s own, and that from his family back in America. And Ender’s just the Third – his two older siblings are in no way less brilliant than he is – more in some cases.
Overall, I’ve found that the Ender Series has been read in universities as required reading, in High Schools, and for pleasure as well. It was originally conceived as a story by Card in the 70s, and has stood the test of time. Guys in particular love these books because they are intensely wrapped around military tactics, command strategies, and a rather hard look on life from the perspective of a young boy. However, that doesn’t mean girls don’t like it too – those who can handle the depth and intensity of the series are hardcore fans. So don’t let your notions of science fiction, or military history stop you from checking out these books – it’ll be well worth your time!
- Ender’s Game and Blogging (storytreasury.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: Ender’s Game (alex.huggett.me)
- ENDER’S GAME gets a Release Date – Orson Scott Card reveals Movie Details (geektyrant.com)
- ‘Ender’s Game’ Puts Out Casting Calls for Ender and Nine Other Characters (slashfilm.com)