Teen review: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

Ender, a young boy, lives in the future where everyone lives their lives in fear of the Buggers, an intelligent alien race that attacked the earth 70 years before. Ender is a third child, which is uncommon. The government requested that his parents have him in the hopes that he would be the commander who would take down the Buggers once and for all. His older brother, Peter, is brilliant but violent and uncontrollable, whereas his older sister is equally brilliant but too nice and would never have the heart to hurt anyone. Their hope was that Ender would be the happy middle of the two, and as far as they can tell he is. Because of this, Ender is sent away to battle school, a place for brilliant children starting at the age of six and going to about twelve. They are taught how to be in an army and, if lucky enough, how to command it. To ensure Ender turns out to be a capable commander, they are constantly throwing new things at him and never giving him a chance to become comfortable. Despite all the difficulties Ender is forced to face, he thrives and becomes the most brilliant commander at the battle school, but will it be enough to defeat the Buggers by the time the battleships reach their home planet? “Ender’s Game” is an incredible story told in a most realistic future. Orson Scot Card’s is a brilliant storyteller and, in my opinion, has shaped the way a lot of science fiction novels are written today. You can never read this story too many times.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 15

"Ender’s Game" by Orson Scott Card book cover

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