Caroline Davis

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

In Books on April 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Summary: Andrew “Ender” Wiggins is only six years old when he is recruited for Battle School, a training ground in space for genius children to become military leaders in time for the next attack of the aliens they call “buggers.”  Ender is quickly singled out because of his potential, which alienates him from his peers.  When he is given the chance to lead his own team in the simulated battle room, his novice soldiers quickly defeat veteran players, using Ender’s innovative tactics and strategies.  Ender is promoted to Command School where he runs simulations of battles, unaware of the consequences of his actions.

Highlights: Ender’s Game is one of my favorite science fiction reads.  Even though the protagonist is so young, I think that tweens will enjoy this entertaining and thought provoking book.  Even though he is isolated from his family for long periods as he goes through his training, readers can identify with his homesickness for his beloved sister, Valentine, and his anger towards his bullying (and sadistic) older brother, Peter.  The book has plenty of action, especially in the battle room arena, and there are some highly likeable characters (along with some cruel ones).  The story raises many issues, including the ethics of involving children in the adult’s war, especially when the full extent of their involvement is kept from them.  Ender also faces a difficult realization at the end of the novel.  Thinking about his situation may provide tweens a chance to think about the consequences of their actions and give some thought to the related ethical questions.

Extras:

Orson Scott Card’s Official Website

Interview With Orson Scott Card (Fiction Factor)

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