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Ender's Game (Ender, Bk 1)
Ender's Game - Ender, Bk 1
Author: Orson Scott Card
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards — In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more th...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780812550702
ISBN-10: 0812550706
Publication Date: 7/15/1994
Pages: 324
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4.4 stars, based on 963 ratings
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 13
I read this book when I was 15 years old. I read it again when I was 25 and again at 35. It keeps getting better each time. I will no doubt read it again when I'm 45 and I will get even more from it then. This is a true classic, one which will be read, studied, dissected, and discussed for as long as people care about literature. Though primarily sci-fi, this book transceds genres. And though the hero is merely a child, children and adults will enjoy both the story and the telling. If you haven't read this one, what are you waiting for?
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Helpful Score: 9
While I am a huge sci-fi fan, I am often disappointed by books that have great story lines but hard-to-relate-to protaganists. This book is a joyous exception to that unfortunate trend. Ender is an incredibly empathetic character. That's not to say that the action lags - the story has good pacing and the ending is satisfyingly climatic. Definitely one of those stories you continue to think about days after you've finished. I've already ordered the remaining installments in this series.
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Helpful Score: 6
On EVERYONE's must read list...it does not disappoint. They even do college classes on this book, researching nuances, and sutleties that abound in this account of a lowly unwanted boy that saves the universe, and doesn't even know it.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is one of those books that changes how you look at life, and not just because a trick is being played here in these pages. Ender is a hero for people like me: people who dream of being a hero but can't figure out a way to do it on a great scale.

The two books that follow in the Ender Saga were a letdown, and I have yet to read beyond them. Ender's Game is a penultimate book; why go any further when you've found a book that rates (for me) the elusive ten?
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Helpful Score: 3
Lucidly written page-turner... In the near future, the Solar System is under attack from a race of insect-like aliens. The solution: select specially gifted children and train them to defend Earth through simulations in the so-called Battle Room. Six-year-old Ender Wiggin has just been selected, but the training is harrowing and uncompromising. Ender might just be humanity's last hope - if he can survive... Interesting look at what it means to be a gifted child, the social and psychological challenges involved in growing up different, as well as an exciting space adventure.
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From the start I knew this wasn't a thing like the movie. American movie makers have to stray from books so much you can't tell they are the same thing. The book is rich in detail motivation insight plans and way. More adventure than the movie it is hard to believe little kids talk and think like these guys but read the prologue and discover why this isn't true for these highly gifted kids. It is interesting that this fiction has been used by the military and others as training! What better than the movie. Full of increasing tension and an interesting end. You should get his next book about Bean. That is a must read following this one
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Haunting, chilling, and eerily written, Ender's Game is, simply, a mind game in itself. Where someone might usually feel sympathy for the protagonist, Ender is such a singular character that even at seven years old one merely wants to leave him alone and see him succeed in his task of defeating the alien force, also known as the "buggers." Personally, this is the foremost of Orson Scott Card's work (his subsequent books are mediocre, in my opinion). Ender's Game though, truly, is at the top of its genre.
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Ender's Game was one of the best dystopias I have read. The pace was fast and I found it a "real page turner." The world building was well done. Adults and young adults will truly enjoy this book.

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