Ender's Game - Sci Fi for Adults, Teens, and Kids?

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This is one of my all-time favorite books. I have read it more times than I can count and have given it as a gift to every friend, family member, or person I don't know very well who needed a gift because it is great for all age groups and different types of people. You don't have to be a science fiction fan to enjoy it, although Ender's Game and its sequel, Speaker for the Dead, both won the Hugo and Nebula awards for outstanding sci fi. I first found Ender's Game in my middle school library and picked it up because it said something about gifted children and I had been in gifted classes so I thought it might be about something like that. I read it in a little under a week and was completely hooked. I immediately wanted everyone I knew to read it because I felt like it was something that needed to be shared. I read it a few years later in high school and found whole new aspects of it I'd never noticed the first time. I started following the rest of the series, which divides and follows two main characters (I followed both). The next books that follow the character, Bean, stay in the same difficulty level. The ones that follow Ender turn into more hard-core science fiction, but were still thrilling. For this reason, the book is sometimes coded as children's, sometimes teen, and sometimes adult science fiction. It can definitely be read and enjoyed at any age! The story itself is essentially about an Earth of the future, united under a world government that formed when the "Buggers" attacked Earth decades earlier. Since that time the International Fleet has started taking incredibly bright young children away to Battle School, a space station designed solely for training future soldiers. Andrew (Ender) Wiggin is an illegal "third" in the population controlled world but the International Fleet has already turned down his older brother, Peter, and older sister, Valentine, for Battle School so his parents are allowed a third child. Ender winds up in Battle School having to participate with his "army" in a series of war-games. Meanwhile his brother and sister manipulate Earth's politics and we learn more about the International Fleet. The conclusion is shocking and hits hard, leaving you hoping there's more. And there is of course!

by B&N Bookseller Jessica_JM ‎08-26-2009 08:36 PM - edited ‎08-26-2009 08:44 PM
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by B&N Bookseller SamGNA on ‎08-26-2009 11:41 PM
Ender's Game IS a great read, and this post has inspired me to finally read the rest of the books in the series, all of which are sitting on my bookshelf! I only ever got to Ender's Shadow, but I loved that one, too. How can you not love Bean, after all?
by ponkle on ‎08-27-2009 01:46 PM
Enders Game is in my pile of soon to read books since everyone I know seems to like it. This review has encouraged me to raise it to the next book as soon as I finish my Hush hush. Thanks You
by B&N Bookseller Paul_C on ‎09-05-2009 07:20 PM

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I do, however, prefer the Shadow saga, as it kind of follows more directly the action in Ender's Game. The original sequel was Speaker, as is mentioned above, takes place nearly two thousand years after the end of Ender's Game, that is quite a leap. Card has since released Ender in Exile, which is the chronological follow up to Ender's Game.


The Shadow Saga starts with a re-telling of Ender's Game from Bean's point of view, then the saga follows Bean and other battle school grad's exploits on Earth post-Ender.


The series as a whole is a showcase of Card's innate ability to create incredibly memorable and compelling characters. I think one of the best parts of all the books are the continual internal and interpersonal psychological struggles. Ender's parents and all their kids are prime examples. I will not say more as I don't want to give anything away. But I highly recommend this pair of sagas, and have done so for many years.

by tbowman on ‎12-09-2009 12:37 PM

I loved Ender's game and have taught it with success to 9th graders and Juniors/Seniors.  Most of the time it goes over well.  Now, if they could ever get the movie produced....

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