Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Title: Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card (The first of the Ender Quintet)
Genre: Science Fiction, Classic, Dystopia
Review: This book has been on my to-read list for what seems like forever. However, I'm not going to lie, the movie that was just recently released may have spurred me forwards, even if just a bit. I was not disappointed.
I'm used to seeing lists of classic books that you need to read in the science fiction genre, especially if you are going to be writing that type of style. Which I do. Thus, the thought that I should be reading this has been going through my head for what seems like forever. I really, really enjoyed it. It's one of the best books that I've read in a while, and that's saying a lot, as I am pretty easy to please when it comes to books.
Ender's game follows Ender, a six year old boy, as he is recruited and constantly trained in Battle School. He faces many difficulties, including being hated by the other boys and girls at the school because of his young age. This book spans many years, and ends when he is twenty-two years of age. There are several sub-plots having to do with the people that are training him, as well as his brother and sister that remained on Earth. As I was nearing the end of the book, I was crossing my fingers for an amazing ending, and I must say I wasn't disappointed. There was a major twist near the end of the second to last chapter, and I'm pretty sure my jaw was dropped for most of the last.
Even though I enjoyed this book a lot, I wouldn't recommend it for kids that are more on the younger side; there are quite a few mentions to nudity, and a bit of language throughout. The entire book is also centered around wars and battles, and there are several direct deaths that you see happen. However, if you're okay with these things, then Ender's Game is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, an amazing read, and I would highly recommend it.