Book Review: Ender's Game

Ender’s Game is a science-fiction classic. No, no, don’t run away! It’s more than just aliens and lasers. It’s a timeless tale of grown and human redemption. No, seriously, it is! The beauty of the story of Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggins is that it appeals to people of all ages and walks of life.

Set in the not so far future, Ender’s Game tells the tale of an earth terrified after two attacks by an anthropoid alien race. The story starts with a bang, with two unseen, unknown military strategists clueing the reader in to the strengths and weaknesses of a character they haven’t even met. Shorty we learn that Ender Wiggins is not only a 6 year old, but a third (considered to be a pointless waste of humanity who probably should not have been born; in Ender’s case, he was only allowed to be born because the government was harvesting the genetic traits of his family…) A child despised by his peers and loved only by his older sister, Ender is a the last hope of humanity. He has been breed specifically to join other genius children at the Battle School orbiting Earth. Regular studies are eclipsed by fantastic free-fall battles in which these children learn the art of war in the guise of games. Stripped of everything he loves and sent to a place where he is isolated from everyone because of his intelligence, heart and mostly, his scheming educators, Ender struggles to be the person he knows he is inside while the whole world struggles to mold him into a perfect young killer.

Card managed to avoid the worst fate of military science fiction, i.e. the extreme political blehhhhhness of most of the genre. The reader is at once drawn in by Ender’s inherent goodness and heart, and repelled by the cold, calculated decisions he is force to make to survive with the odds purposely stacked against him. Just rest assured that Ender’s Game is a classic in its genre, a winner of many awards, translated into 23 languages, and spoofed on endless web comics.

Leave a Reply