Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: Ender's Game

  Ender's Game
  Orson Scott Card

When I saw a preview for Ender’s Game, starring Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley, I knew I had to read the book before seeing the movie.  Also, my son read it a few years ago and spoke highly of it; I had been meaning to read it for quite a while.  Because Ender’s Game has won both the Hugo and the Nebula science fiction awards, I had pretty high expectations.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Seventy years after the last alien attack, children are being bred to be the general of the human armed forces.  Andrew “Ender” Wiggin has a sadistic older brother and kindhearted older sister who didn’t qualify for special military training.  At the age of 5, Ender appears to have the right mix of his siblings’ qualities and is removed from his family to attend military boarding school.  Isolated from the other children by his teachers, Ender is a gifted soldier and strategist who soon becomes a leader in the zero gravity mock battles.  Will Ender survive military school and if he does, will he retain his humanity?

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