Ender's Game - Ender Quartet Author:Orson Scott Card Winer 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 than anyon... more »e else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.« less
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I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this. The introduction alone sidetracked me for a week with the Author's mention of what inspired him. All the books he mentioned were unknown to me and all of that history behind how the battle room was conceived in his mind made think whether this book was a good match for me.
It took me only a short weekend to finish the rest of the story and I'm elated I persevered. The story is not a light read but rather very profound and transcendental.
I loved Ender with his duality as a pacifist and a killer -although he didn't know it- He wanted to please those whom he loved and even feared. He made his choice based on love and in the end it paid off.
I some point I didn't believe there was a real war going with the aliens but not other than a plot to unleashed a new military leader to end global war on Earth. I won't say much not to spoil the plot but I was sold on the whole concept when the connection between Ender and the the other specie finally connected.
I loved the story at the end, getting there I was not fully convinced but everything fell into place and I can see the grandness of the vision the Author has of us a race and the means we might employ to stay into existence even if it means children get pushed to the limits beyond those of the adults handling them.