Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, 352 pages
Book 1 of the series

Ender Wiggins is a third. Bred when his brother and sister failed to exhibit the traits the military was looking for to end the war against the "buggers". Born to be intelligent, Ender is whisked from his family at a young age to become a soldier. Every moment of his life is filled with games and military training until he no longer thinks like a boy. Ender faces daily challenges due to the extreme pressure he is placed under by his superiors -- including his superiors purposefully setting up Ender to be hated among his peers. It's no different from the intense bullying he received at the hands of his older brother, Peter, but Ender starts to show strain at the constant jostling he receives while in the academy. Somehow Ender rises above his mistreatment and becomes the commander the military was hoping he would be. Yet not everything goes as planned and the final show down truly becomes Ender's game.

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