Book Review #38: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

6 Jul

I had never heard of Ender’s Game until about a year ago when I read about the movie casting on Deadline. They assembled a formidable cast of young actors and actresses. And well, Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff? Viola Davis as Gwen Anderson? Obviously.

I had no idea that it was a classic Sci Fi book that many, many of my male and female friends cite as the reason they love Sci Fi. Or that people read it in school. Or that it was so awesome.

The premise of the book is that the government identifies genius children and selects the most outstanding children to attend battle training school, in hopes they will someday defeat the aliens threatening their country. Families are permitted two children, but if the first two children show particular promise, they can produce a third child in hopes of creating another prodigy child. Ender (Asa Butterfield) is one of these third children.

Ender, like Neo, or Harry Potter (or Katie Holmes) is the chosen one.

We watch Ender’s tumultuous childhood, his terrifying training, the mind games waged against him and his ultimate triumph. His sister, Valentine (Abigail Breslin), remains on Earth, using her intelligence to start an ideological battle on their home planet.

I loved this book. For some reason it invoked The Hunger Games as I read, probably because young children were forced into very adult situations – like training for war, running battle simulations and ultimately fighting the battle against aliens. And the children in this book are truly mini adults, waging their own small battles against the oppression of their society in any way they can. These are smart, strategic, politically motivated kids.

One thing I particularly loved are the fantastic female characters. Valentine and Petra (Hallie Steinfeld) are warriors. There’s no love triangle, not even a halfhearted one like in The Hunger Games. Although Ender is the protagonist, the love in this book is focused around family and friendship. Valentine and Petra are major characters, and they are smart, strong and display zero interest in romance. It’s refreshing.

If you haven’t read it and you have any passing interest in young adult books, or Sci Fi, what are you waiting for?


One Response to “Book Review #38: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card”


  1. HelloKatieO’s Review #38: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card « Cannonball Read IV - July 6, 2012

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