Title: Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre/Audience: Science fiction, young adult
Ender’s Game is definitely NOT my usual cup of tea. This was another book club pick that I read solely for the fact that it was for book club, otherwise I likely never would have read it. I’d certainly heard of it, but I’m not really a sci-fi fan so it never really interested me. I will say that the story was in fact interesting, but it also dragged A LOT for me.
So. The story takes place sometime in the future where child geniuses are bred to combat the “buggers,” a hostile alien race. Certain children are selected to attend the Battle School, in space, to learn how to fight in the upcoming third invasion, but no child has been deemed worthy enough yet of being the eventual commander… until Ender Wiggins comes along. Ender is only six years old when he leaves his family for Battle School, but is already a genius who seemingly has what Earth and the human race needs to survive. He quickly moves up the ranks, and in his practice battles with fellow classmates, he NEVER loses. His childhood is gone, but he may be the only one who can save Earth.
I have to say, this book was very cool. I was intrigued by the thought of an orbiting Battle School and children who are bred to fight in an alien war in outer space. Have I mentioned before that I love learning about space and the universe? It fascinates me, though I’m not a sci-fi fan. Even though I went into this book not knowing what I would think since I’m not into sci-fi, I remember being pleasantly surprised when I first started it. Even though this book was written in the 1980′s, it was SO futuristic. The technology they had in the school was very advanced and I am very surprised that Card wrote about such things 30 years ago – very cool!
I also really enjoyed a lot of the characters, particularly Ender. He had such conflict and inner turmoil about what he was doing and I got the sense of really getting to know him as a character. The world he lived in was so crazy… children being sent to outer space for an unknown number of years, children who are brilliant and smarter than most adults… wow.
Despite all of these good things, the book really started to drag for me, and it took me almost a month to complete it! I know that’s only because of my own aversion to sci-fi though, and it caused me to lose interest a bit. I definitely am interested in knowing what happens to Ender but I can’t see myself reading the rest of the series as it took me way too long to finish this one and it began to feel like a chore towards the end.
I can definitely understand why this is a classic. It really is brilliant and fascinating, but it just wasn’t really for me. I am looking forward to watching the movie now, though, and seeing Ender’s world come to life on screen since I had a hard time envisioning some of it.
My Rating: 3/5