Ender’s Game (Review)

Ender’s Game (Review)
Title: Ender’s Game 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Macmillian
Published Date: 15th January 1985
Rating: 5 Stars
Synopsis: The human race faces annihilation.
An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history.
The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program – to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders.
A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster?
This is the multiple award-winning classic ENDER’S GAME – a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival.
Review: There had been a lot of talk about
this book so I decided it was about time I picked it up and tried it for
myself. And although this book is science fiction it can be so easily applied
to our lives as well in general.
I loved Ender and Valentine as characters because they
are both smart and intelligent as well as perceptive. I could go on and on in detail about how realistic and yet great their characters were. But as usual, when it comes to great books, I think words are escaping me.
What made this book so great was all its underlining
themes. Such as coming to face your true self, that moment when you
group and can see what the future holds and knowing you can choose your own
path. But there is also the theme of manipulation, of those above you telling
you one thing and doing another, making you believe this will happen and then
twisting things so it doesn’t. Never knowing what the truth is and what isn’t.
There will always be someone with power or someone above you in life, and maybe
someone with the possibility of using you how you wish. Ignoring this is one
thing, realising it is wisdom and acting on it? That’s something else. And as
much as this is a fiction book I think most of what is mentioned here is pretty
true to today’s times as well.
The one critique I have with this book is that space is
such a broad, well, space! And even if Orson Scott Card didn’t even want to
make the setting to broad and get lost in it, the Battle school must’ve been a
much larger facility than it was made out to be in the book. I felt like it was
really limited to the game room and battle room when we are there. I know this
is most of what Ender’s sees, and same again for the second location… but yeah.
I thought a bit more could’ve been done there. 
But in general, when it came to this book it left me mind blown. There were so many significant things which had hidden meanings to them, all the characters were AHMAZING and then the plot was… brilliant. And when you get to the plot twist, of course you will be mind blown. Basically because you would never have expected it, like me!
I would recommend this book to obviously, anyone who
enjoys science-fiction and any young adult readers as well. Adults included,
and those who like books with themes that make you think 😉 I’m looking
forwards to seeing the movie 😀 And reading the sequel!

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