Book Review: Ender’s Game

Wallpaper from the movie
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Notice: The review you are about to read does not in any way give full justice to the book “Ender’s Game”.

Ender’s Game is a book that goes beyond what anyone would expect. Yes, this book has aliens in it and invasions of Earth by more aliens (called Buggers by Humans) in it. You could possibly assume that exacting revenge upon them would be the main focus of the story. However, if you think this, you are wrong. The plot is so much more detailed and profound than anything I could explain through this review.  Explaining any further would mean that I would be spoiling the book and I must assure you that I do not want that to happen. But, I can tell you this: “Ender’s Game” is a story of one boy, whose actions change the way the human race works, thinks, acts and just plainly how it “is” for decades to come.

Imagine. You live in a world where young children wear devices called monitors that let officials in the military see and hear and feel everything that the child does, and sometimes one child out of hundreds of thousands is lucky and gets picked to be a part of what will be the future of the human race. Ender is one such child, a boy who is the “Third” of his family, something that is often frowned upon at the current time. When his monitor is removed at the young age of six. He is eventually invited, pushed and forced to attend a battle school run by the International Fleet (IF), an organisation who played a key role in the first two Alien invasions.

Ender has two siblings, the oldest is Peter; a strange and manipulative boy who seeks power and bullies Ender and Valentine. Valentine is Ender’s older sister. She tries her best to protect Ender before he goes to the battle school but eventually, she and Peter play a key role in a political scene on Earth along with being more or less forced by the IF to push Ender into becoming something that neither she nor Peter could have ever possibly imagined.

When I was reading Ender’s game I breezed through the first few chapters. But when I got to the later chapters, things changed. The book became more intense and philosophical as the truth about how Ender even got into the battle school and why it appears that he is being treated special and different or like he is more important than the other students.

Ender’s game has even gone so far so as to affect the real world. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has stated on its trivia page for the upcoming Ender’s Game movie (Nov. 1st ) that “The U.S. Marine Corps has ENDER’S GAME on its recommended reading list for officers, saying that it offers “lessons in training methodology, leadership, and ethics”. The fact that a book written in 1977 could have such a phenomenal impact on the modern military, is astounding.

Overall this book is a spectacular creation of Orson Scott Card. Even now, he continues to write prequels and sequels to this fabulous book. As of now, he has written a total of 27 books and short stories that follow Ender and other characters in the same fictional universe. I do believe that his book is a phenomenal creation and, if you have become interested in the book, then I suggest you go pick up a copy and read it. I think that it will in some way change the way you see the world, at least, it did for me.

Coming soon:

The upcoming adaptation of the book “Ender’s Game” will come to a theatre near you (hopefully) on November 1st. I will be writing a review of the adaptation which will include a section where I compare and contrast the book and its movie counterpart. I suggest that you read the book before the movie as movie tend to leave out details from books. I really enjoyed this book and, I hope that if you read it, you will as well.