Ender’s Game Review (Ender Quintet #1)

Ender's Game ReviewAndrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails. – Goodreads Synopsis


Ender’s Game Review


Okay, to start with, I read this book ages ago, and absolutely loved it. But I just recently re-read it so that I could give a fresh review on it. Good news? Its just as awesome on the re-read as it was the first time through.5 Star Rated Ender's Game Review

So, Andrew (Ender) Wiggin is this little boy that was basically bred to be a savior. “They” had tried two times before him, and one was too hard, one was too soft… Ender, like the littlest bear in Goldilocks, was ‘just right’.  Oh my god, they (the Battle School people) were so horrible to this little boy, who was taken into the school at 6 years old. So horrible, and they knew it and they did it anyways for the ‘greater good’ because they knew this kid had a chance of kicking ass. It was abuse and neglect, what they did to him. Flat out.

Ender, in perhaps a strong argument for nature over nurture, does not do what you would expect other little kids to do. He doesn’t cry, beg, etc. No, he grits his teeth and deals with it. Now, in most other books, I’d be sitting back and going “Nope. Nu-uh. Not believable. He’s six.” I HAVE a six year old and I can tell you definitively that if anyone did half this crap to her, she’d be a blubbering mess. However, OSC writes it so well that you buy it. He sells it, and you buy it without even blinking. THAT is the mark of a freaking awesome writer who knows exactly what he’s doing.

Ender perseveres. Even when it seems like the whole bloody world is against him, he not only keeps going forward, but he kicks ass while doing it. The book quickly takes you from just being interested in a cool looking science fiction novel to rooting with all your mind and heart for this little boy to keep kicking ass.  You become so invested in this character, in what his life becomes, that each of his victories make you glow, and the hardest points in his life… make you admire him. Ender Wiggin is not a character that wants or needs pity. He’s a survivor in a way so many of us only wish we were.

He will not be broken. Even when he wants to break.

Also, this book holds up amazingly well! Some science fiction books date themselves horribly. Ender’s Game, which was first published in 1985, does not. It really is a timeless read. The very definition of a classic science-fiction novel. I think its because OSC doesn’t overwhelm you with details. He keeps everything fairly simple, and only tells you the stuff that you need to know as it pertains to Ender’s Situation.

Ender’s Game is a book that every single person who considers themselves a science fiction fan needs to read. Period.

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Ender’s Game Book Details

Title: Ender’s Game | Series: The Ender Quintet #1 | Author: Orson Scott Card (site) | Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (site) | Pub. Date: 1985-01-?? | Pages: 256 | ISBN: 0312932081 | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read (again): 2015-12-4 | Source: Self-purchased book.  | Ender’s Game Review Format Update: 2016-3-11

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12 thoughts on “Ender’s Game Review (Ender Quintet #1)

  1. This is one of my favorite books ever, even though I say that about a lot of books, ha. But I love science fiction and this is right up there as one of the greats. A friend of mine at jsbarts.blogspot.com told me it was fantastic. The book was so good that I refused to watch the movie. It would be impossible to recreate it for the screen. And to prove my point, I heard the movie was awful.
    Have you read the whole series? I read the second book, “Speaker for the Dead” which I thought was possibly better than Enders Game. Started the third (I can’t remember the title) but got sidetracked and didn’t finish it. I have to look again.
    Great review. It must be read. Period.

    1. The movie didn’t do the book justice, that’s for sure. I haven’t read the whole series, just the Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide. Ender’s Game is definitely the best/strongest for me. The other ones are interesting, but he veered off a little from what truly interested me.

      1. Xenocide! That’s it. I didn’t like that as much. It’s funny because although EG #1 and #2 (I’m getting lazy) were both superb, they were entirely different. I think that speaks to the excellent writing.

          1. I don’t remember. If I did it was a long time ago. You should check out my friend’s blog. She was in the Civil Air Patrol in high school and I think they had to read it. It’s still one of her favorite books. She is also a U.S. Army veteran and an artist. And a sci-fi lover, of course.

  2. I agree about it holding up well. I first read this about two years ago and wouldn’t have thought it was first published in 1985. I was also very impressed with how OSC doesn’t bottle the ending but takes everything he’s been building through the book to its logical and horrifying conclusion. That’s brave.

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