Book: Enderís Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
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Humanity's last hope is a child genius.
The human race is losing its war against the alien Ďbuggersí and gifted children are our best hope for victory. Six year old Andrew ĎEnderí Wiggin and his siblings are selected from millions and drafted into Battle School.
Here, they are sculpted into war leaders. One particularly memorable feature of the book is the zero-g Battle Room where the child heroes are trained in the art of space combat.
In an intense read we accompany Ender in his rapid rise through the ranks - private to commander in just a few years. He becomes alienated from his cruel brother and loving sister and is put in charge of his own army. Eventually he discovers the shocking truth about the war and his enemies.
Throughout, the book is psychologically gripping. We empathise with Ender all through his journey, and are forced to consider the ethical implications of what is done to him. Is his treatment justified even in this case of seemingly insurmountable odds?
Published in 1977, Enderís Game began a sequence of eight novels loosely termed the Ender Saga. These books re-introduce Enderís brother Peter and sister Valentine. Though lacking the impact of the first novel, they are worth following if Enderís Game hooked you.
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