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Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1)
by Orson Scott Card

Published: 1994-07-15
Paperback : 352 pages
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic ...
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.


Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

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Did it disturb you that children were fighting other children at Battle School? Do you think they were justified in forcing children to be soldiers?
The Buggers communicated with each other in a way that humans could not understand. Was conflict inevitable without any ability to communicate? Was empathy possible?
Were you surprised to learn that it was not just a game? Do you think that was a good strategy?
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The movie
by paintbabe (see profile) 04/05/14
The movie \\\"Ender\\\'s Game\\\" is available on dvd to watch. Not as compelling as the book. Major section left out: what is going on on Earth between Ender\\\'s brother and sister.

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  "Ender's Game - Rated one of best Sci-Fi books of all times"by paintbabe (see profile) 04/05/14

This is a great book despite the genre. It says something profund about the human condition with a strong message; and yet, it is a joy to read. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

 
  "Ender's Game"by Neyly (see profile) 04/02/11

Deservedly considered a classic! I don't read science fiction often - but loved this despite the genre - lol. Plenty of discussion topics.

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