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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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Orson Scott Card’s 1985 cult classic is an arresting science fiction masterpiece. Preternaturally gifted Andrew "Ender" Wiggin has been recruited for Battle School: an international academy where exceptional Earth kids train to fight alien invasions. The six-year-old quickly emerges as an awe-inducing tactical genius. Ender’s Game is an excellent, character-driven story about war and sacrifice that works on so many levels. It’s a fable about problem-solving, an all-ages tale about the importance of imagination in leadership, and, most importantly, a reminder of the child-like resolve we all had before we believed in defeat.
Shades of Dynasty color this formulaic offering from former TV news anchor Dempsey (Falling Star). Not only does the novel focus heavily on money and power, but the characters, who are mostly upper crust inhabitants of Monterey County, Calif., all fit distinct molds. Brilliant Latina spitfire Alicia Moldonado, a deputy DA, despises the wealthy but can't help feeling attracted to charismatic television newsman Milo Pappas, who's equally attracted to her. Like many a soap opera hero, however, he's easily duped by a pretty face and a sob story, which makes him putty in the hands of his ex-girlfriend, Joan Gaines, a racist heiress and schemer. After the gruesome murder of Joan's politician husband, she cozies up to Milo. Though Joan manages to sink her claws into him, the befuddled newsman still tries to make headway with Alicia, who's on a mission to determine whether the man accused of the killing is truly guilty. Not surprisingly, Alicia doesn't trust Milo he's the son of an ambassador, after all and Joan's devious machinations further complicate their relationship. With its overheated story line and one-dimensional characters, this trite tale is more suited for daytime TV than nighttime reading.
This has been one of my favorite novels for as long as I can remember. I already have two physical copies, but here I am buying it on iBooks, too. It's just that good. Do yourself a favor. Read this book.
Unique in every aspect. I would 100% recommend this book, if you're thinking about buying this... do it! You'll love it!
My expectations were too high
After reading reviews and talking with friends I set myself up to be blown away by every chapter. This of course is not realistic and set me up for disappointment out of the gate. My recommendation is ignore the hype and read the book expecting a great story which will leave you satisfied in the end. No earth shattering, life changing moments here, just a really good read.