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Ender's Game

Card, Orson Scott (Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
Authors: Card, Orson Scott
Statement of Responsibility: Orson Scott Card
Title: Ender's game
Publisher: New York : Starscape, 2002
Edition: 1st Starscape ed
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Contents: Third
Peter
Graff
Launch
Games
The Giant's Drink
Salamander
Rat
Locke and Demosthenes
Dragon
Veni Vidi Vici
Bonzo
Valentine
Ender's Teacher
Speaker for the Dead
Summary: Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
Awards & Distinctions: Nebula Award, 1985
Hugo Award, 1986
Hamilton-Brackett Award, 1986
SF Chronicle Readers Poll Award, 1986
Subject Headings: Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character) Fiction Brothers and sisters Fiction Genetic engineering Fiction War games Fiction Wiggin, Peter (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction, American
Science fiction
Topical Term: Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character)
Brothers and sisters
Genetic engineering
War games
Wiggin, Peter (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2002511441
ISBN: 0765342294
9780765342294
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI C
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A classic sci-fi series, where the best and brightest kids get sent to Battle School to train for war against their enemy, the Buggers.

n this Science Fiction classic, the government trains young geniuses like Ender Wiggin in military strategy with increasingly complex computer games.


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Oct 19, 2014
  • hbkatta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST BOOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. The character development in this book was supreme. Must read for everyone!

Sep 01, 2014
  • Pandahh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Both book and movie was great, i was so surprise that the 6-years old Ender Wiggin was so intelligent. -

Aug 21, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game was an award-winning achievement when it debuted in the mid-80's, and has since continued to cultivate a devoted following. Time and technology tend to date many pinnacle sci-fi novels, but not so in this case. Card's vision of our technological future, especially of our communicative inter-connectedness, was nearly clairvoyant. Similar to a book like Fahrenheit 451, subsequent generations of readers will recognize familiar elements relevant in their own lives. So for now at least, Ender's Game is ensconced as one of the all-time greats of the genre.

Another plus for the writing, an essential one in my opinion, is the near perfect pacing and tension building. Humanity is running out of time against the Bugger threat and Ender's being forced to grow up faster than perhaps even he can handle. This sense of urgency is real without sacrificing any of the storytelling. Additionally, I was twelve when I first read Ender's Game so the plot twist at the end was a genuine surprise for me. Mind blown!

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin's childhood was only ever intended to be a backstory, a supporting novel for what Card considered his more important work, Speaker for the Dead. And while Speaker remains one of his most notable books, it is Ender's Game for which he will be remembered.

Aug 16, 2014
  • Dance_enchanted_Star74 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this book... it was very good and is a great example of how just because you're young, doesn't make you stupid or senseless. How you don't have to be older to be smart and masterful at things. Very good read.

Jul 31, 2014
  • Guy_Brarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great book that splits off into two great series: (Ender saga - philosophy) (Bean saga - political thrillers). All are good books, but the original Ender's Game is the best!!

Jul 27, 2014
  • addieiscute rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is one of my favorite books! Orson Scott Card wrote this book amazingly. the movie is amazing as well but the book beats the movie.

Jul 10, 2014
  • TinyFire29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Its amazing how this sci-fi world makes the worlds greatest mastermind a 6 year old child and this book tells the story of his life and how... well read the book.

Jun 26, 2014
  • Pandahh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Both book and movie was great, i was so surprise that the 6-years old Ender Wiggin was so intelligent.

Jun 26, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting look at child soldiers - in the future. Have to say I didn't like that the aliens were called "buggers" - it tripped me up every time I read it. Also found it highly improbably that even a very intelligent six-year-old would show the degree of emotional maturity that Ender had. That being said, it was very enjoyable to read - pulled me right through. From what I've heard about the movie, I might give it a miss - sounds like it doesn't have anything like the depth of the book.

Jun 21, 2014
  • labrys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This engaging novel combines compelling characters, heart-racing action and resonate pathos. One of the novels that makes science fiction fantastic. Since the author is a hate monger in real life, enjoy the library's copy and avoid giving Card royalties: a win-win!

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Aug 16, 2014
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Nov 25, 2013
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Dec 07, 2013
  • happycanada rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Enderverse Bk1

Apr 12, 2012
  • wrightlibtech rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After being attacked by aliens for the second time, Earth’s government is preparing for a third encounter with the creatures known as the ‘buggers’. Six-year-old Ender Wiggin, the youngest of three brilliant children, has been monitored by the military for his suitability as a potential commander in the upcoming war. Surpassing expectations, Ender is taken to interstellar Battle School where he learns the arts of military strategy and leadership, practicing his skills in simulated war games while leading an isolated and lonely existence of his instructors’ design.

Readers will quickly come to sympathize with Ender; he misses his family, wishes for friendship and acceptance, doesn't want to hurt anyone, and above all wants to be a good person. Ender's deepest fear is not of the buggers or death in battle, but of seeing his sadistic brother's tendencies in himself, a dread triggered by Ender's strong survival instincts and calculated acts of self-preservation. As Ender is forced to defend himself, and his brother Peter struggles to master his own violent impulses, their sister Valentine observes that the brothers are “Two sides of the same coin, but which side is which?” (p. 238) Ender's Game raises the question of what makes killing a crime: the act itself, or the motivation behind it? Good fiction refrains from delivering a moral lecture, instead leading readers to ask themselves difficult questions, and teens will appreciate the absence of pat answers in this novel as they work out their own views.

Ender's genius is evident in his unusually independent and innovative thinking, and his ability to adapt to new situations. He is creative and elastic, pushing beyond perceptual barriers to find original ways of solving problems. As a leader, Ender wisely trusts his soldiers to develop winning strategies through play and experimentation. It soon becomes apparent to the reader why risk-taking children, not yet entrenched in restrictive patterns of thinking, are the government's hope to save the human race from destruction.

The novel touches on a plethora of topics ranging from religious oppression to colonisation. The importance of communication, perspective and understanding are underscored with the revelation that the entire bugger war is due to the failure of the two sides on these counts.
Trust, deception and manipulation run through the adult/child relationships in the book. The Battle School trains students to be weapons in a war for the common good, and treats them accordingly without indulging individual desires. Teen readers will relate as adults in their lives enforce decisions about school and socializing that are more in line with long-term societal values and expectations than the immediate wishes of the teens themselves.

Ender's Game balances the inherent excitement and action of battle with psychology and politics, exploring diverse, complex characters and the relationships between them. Set largely in outer space with gifted protagonists aged six to sixteen, this lengthy and multilayered tale will appeal to strong readers of all genders, especially those with an interest in war, computer games, outer space, or fiction involving moral dilemmas. The final part of the book is a moving meditation on guilt and forgiveness, with a surprising and complicated chance at redemption. Teens entering the age of independence and deliberation will take heart from the novel’s message that whatever mistakes they have made in the past, be they crimes or ignorant acts of recklessness, the future is still theirs to shape.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: ender kills small kids

Nov 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: EPIC!!!

Nov 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: naked kids fight

Nov 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: lots...fist fights zero gravity fight Ender breaks a guys arm and crushes a boys arm and it crushes his lungs and heart

Nov 06, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Ba**** and B**** and S*** and ...

Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date, November 1, 2013 (USA)

Apr 26, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: a fair amount

Apr 26, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: so mild

Apr 26, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: lots

Coarse Language: a lot of the the word. son of a _______ and the Ba word

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Jul 10, 2014
  • TinyFire29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"They found me through the ansible followed it and dwelt in my mind. In the agony of my tortured dreams they came to know me, even as I spent my days destroying them; they found my fear of them, and found also that I had no knowledge I was killing them. In the few weeks they had, they build this place for me, and the Giant's corpse and the playground and the ledge at the end of the world, so I would find this place by the evidence of my eyes. I am the only one they know, and so they can only talk to me and through me."
-Ender

Jul 10, 2014
  • TinyFire29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you could make them feel as you can make me feel, then perhaps they could forgive you.
-Ender

Nov 04, 2013
  • choco_loca_me rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”

Jun 28, 2013
  • Chokri_Fable rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Sometimes a lie is more dependable than the truth"

Jun 26, 2013
  • Perenelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.”

Jun 26, 2013
  • Perenelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The enemy's gate is down.

"Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be." -Valentine

Jul 08, 2012
  • Unspeakable_Demigod rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'The most noble title any child can have.. is Third.' Demosthenes/ Valentine, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Page 153.

Jul 08, 2012
  • Unspeakable_Demigod rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'He had had only one memory that was safe, one good thing, and those bastards had plowed it into him with the rest of the manure-and so he was finished, he wasn’t going to play.' Ender, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, page 152.

Jul 08, 2012
  • Unspeakable_Demigod rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'Peace. It’s what salaam means. Peace be unto you.' Alai, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Page 171.

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Jun 29, 2011
  • BecksterC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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