Is Ender the general Earth so desperately needs? The only way to find out is to throw him into ever-harsher training at Battle School, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will grow up fast.
But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. His two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Among the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
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"Intense' is the word for Ender's Game." (The New York Times)
I just finished Ender's Game. Not impressed.
To qualify my review I should state I may have lost my imagination for sci-fi and fiction 20 years ago. The review above states 'Ender's game is believed by some to be the best science fiction book ever written'. I find Some to be misleading, Some could only be a minority. I totally disagree.
The author wastes hours belating the characterisics of the three main characters to the extent of boring. I found the story shallow. It is creative, but not touching. The impact of the story is disc 9, listen to disc 1, 2, and 3, then skip to 6 and 7, then to 9.
Mr. Card has attempted to write sci-fi with a humanitarian view of how people treat others. His point could be successful if his sci-fi were not so totally lame and waste hours getting to the point.
I will not read any more in his series.
This is one of the best books I have read (listened to) It creates a quite new yet very human world and raises fascinating new choices for people with different technology and stage of human development. The audio experience enhanced the story. The foresight of Card is demonstrated by his description, prior to the development of the web, of how the 'net' becomes a powerful social force, prone to being influenced by writers we now call bloggers.
When I read Ender's Game, I was amazed at all the different twists and turns in the story. Character development helped me to always have a clear picture of what was going on during the reading. This is by far, the best book I've ever read.
I liked the premise of Ender's Game, but the story moved way too slowly. It's really too bad since there were some very interesting characters, but they didn't receive enough time. Instead, we get an almost day-by-day account of Ender's life. It works for the first few chapters, but eventually it becomes too much. I dosed off a few times while listening and found that I no problem continuing even so I had no idea what had happened for the last 20 minutes. Not a good sign for information density. Also, we are never really given an opportunity to empathize with our strange world. Making worrying about its destruction difficult.
A fantastic book (but not as emotionally fulfilling as the sequel), dealing with alienation and wish fulfillment in a fast-moving and entertaining setting. One of the benchmark SF novels of all time.
Just listened to the entire book on my drive up to NYC and back. What a terrific book! I'm so glad I got it. What I've found lately is that the best Sci-Fi books use Sci-Fi as a backdrop to a bigger better story and not make Sci-Fi the real focus of it. Ender's Game does this very well. Ender is a terrific character. Although he is very much super human, he is still human. He is still a child. I highly recommend this book.
Upon completing this book, I found myself in an almost meditative state, with a few tears. I came to some deep conclusions about life and morality upon finishing this book.
The writing is concise and flowing, and works beautifully. The book always left me with people and puzzles to ponder and care about. The book feels real. The author is a genius.
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