Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card -- 324 pages
Through battle school Ender is going through physical and emotional battles as he is being shaped into who they want him to become, while battling who he wants to be.
Orson Scott Card is a brilliant author who has obviously put a lot of effort and time into this classic novel, and in result, it pulled me into the story and kept me there. His writing style is very simple and uncluttered, and the story world, characters, and plot are full of depth. I'm a huge fan of his.
Ender's Game is the winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel 1986, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1986, and Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award for Best Novel 1986.