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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.

Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


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    I enjoyed Ender's Game, but I'm surprised that so few people here have found anything to criticize about the book. I think OSC tells a good story that asks some thoughtful questions. However, throughout the whole book I just felt like I was reading an extended prologue for the later series. If I'm not mistaken, this book existed first in novella form, and then OSC developed the story into a full length novel. IMHO he could have stayed with the novella and avoided the repetitions that he had to draw on to extend the story. I also didn't buy the part about the children being 6 years old. Really? If you are going to try and sell that idea you need a pretty convincing back story, of which there was none. I'm looking forward to the second novel, because I think that is probably where the real story will be fleshed out. But I think the Coles notes version of Ender's game would probably suffice.

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    Understanding

    Enders Game is a novel like no other, it takes the darkest and most depressing aspects of my life and, in a stroke of literary genius, reverse perverts them into beacons of light and hope. In a sense you become Ender Wiggin, though he may be younger, smarter and greater than you will ever hope to be he shares some trait with just about every personality on the planet it just takes time to find. I have never said that a book has changed me before, but I do now. No one may ever read this but if you do I plead to you to think about not the story but the character. Become Ender Wiggin. No matter how different you may feel you are. We live in a world of seven billion Enders, expand your horizons.

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    Ender's game

    What an excellent book. Twist and turn in the plot it is one of my favourites to read read every year

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    Excellent book. Very engrossing. I highly recommend this book.

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    Thrilling and engrossing

    This book deserves all the praise it has received, entertaining and challenging from start to finish.

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