Ender’s Game, the stand-alone novel in the series by Orson Scott Card. 15/10

The hype and rumors about this novel are true, this does indeed deserve the title as being one of the best science fiction books of the century. It actually exceeded my expectations as I was flying through the pages, making it impossible to put the book down. If you have not read this book yet, I strongly recommend you do. I also urge you to read this book first before any others in the series, although the series order is jumbled, this is going to make the most sense if you are beginning to read the series.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a novel that discusses the path of a young boy named Ender Wiggin who lives  in a vast future where he must train to become a commander in order preserve humanity from extra-terrestrials called “Buggers”. He arrives in his Battle School around the age of 7, and often gets picked on by the older kids there. He leaves a strong first impression by demonstrating his leadership abilities through a Space War Simulation, awing some and making others feel challenged at their dominance. Ender learns how to get his enemies to leave him alone by killing their posse leader to send the message that he really is serious for them to stop picking on him. By adapting to the situation and learning at the Battle School, he often has conflicts with himself on whether to be compassionate or fearsome to everybody, since the effects everyone gives him are almost the same, and it is interesting to see him overcome that struggle by earning the trust of his fellow cadets, and building his own army. The outcome of the huge battle between the Buggers and the humans really caught me off guard, as I saw foreshadowing of the surprise at the start of the chapter. Read the book to find out more.

The author does well in blending together dialogue, action, and narration for the story to not feel staged whatsoever, and creates a dark and stressful atmosphere by focusing on the apocalyptic future with vivid imagery. I also enjoyed the metaphorical descriptions for Ender’s emotions, and thought the word choice was excellent for the given moment. Personification is also used occasionally to describe the battle situations Ender is in, which I thought was a nice addition as well.

The type of audience that would enjoy this would probably be everybody, even those not interested in Science Fiction novels, would be introduced nicely to the genre with this book, guaranteed. The only other note I would add to this review is that the other books in the series don’t really compare to this masterpiece, and feel inadequate. But I still recommend continuing the series as an addition to this book if you really enjoy it.

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