Ender’s Game This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     When assigned to read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, I thought it would be just another mediocre book about society’s flaws. I found, however, that it touches, if only a little, on the flaws of humanity itself.

I found the plot exciting. With themes of deception and betrayal, the story of a boy genius named Ender unfolds. Ender is taken and manipulated by the military to become a weapon against an alien race known as the Buggers. The turning point comes when Ender, age ten, has reached the peak of his training and decides he does not want to cooperate with the I.F. (the military power on Earth) anymore.

What is most appealing to me is Ender’s stability. He is taken from his loved ones, despised by his peers, and isolated from everyone, yet through it all he is able to make rational decisions. The series of challenges he faces are appealing to almost anyone, as it is human nature to sympathize with others’ hardships. The fact that Ender and his siblings are very intelligent but have just average parents is a little surreal, but then again so is the intergalactic war. The novel is definitely science-fiction!

Card does an excellent job keeping the story to under 400 pages. With all the possibilities, I feel he chose good situations for the characters to develop in. Each character shows some form of mental or physical growth, and it all occurs in a period of six years. The emotions each character experiences, especially Ender, are recognizable to anybody.

I really like how Card begins each chapter with a conversation between I.F. officials. This gives some insight into what is really going on in the universe and takes the focus from Ender for a bit. The personification card at the end of the book really helps the reader understand the Buggers. It foreshadows a second book, and shows the dramatic irony that the fate of the Buggers rests in the hands of a 12-year-old boy.

I highly recommend this book to just about anyone, even though it may sound most appealing to sci-fi fans. From beginning to end, you will find yourself feeling for Ender and all he accomplishes.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
yesterday at 1:01 pm
i love this !
TheReviewZ said...
Jun. 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm
I love this book, and the review.
moonissunguy said...
Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm
YAY! other people know about Ender's Game! It is one of my favorite books! I also read it when I was young. I still love this book and have recently re-read it. I emplore everyone to read it and its sequels and companions (ender's shadow). Also, Orson Scott Card has a new series out called Pathfinder!
joanofarc15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm
This book is amazing...and the review is too! The sequel was a bit of a letdown in my opinion, but I love Ender's Game.
IMSteel replied...
Mar. 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm
Sequel, a letdown? I'm reading it, and it is a deep, interesting novel. It's just more complex.
book lover said...
Nov. 5, 2008 at 11:45 pm
I am getting ready to read enders Game and this review make me all the more excited. I am only 12 but i read the same books as my mom who reads a lot.
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