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Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
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PublisherStarscape
Release Date2002-02-18 (added to CC 2 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank787
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 anyone 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.

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(2 Mar 2016)
I don't particularly like science fiction, but this book was great.
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Beautiful, intense, thought-provoking!
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Card has captured the world of Ender with such love and understanding and shared it with all of us. I can't wait to read the next one.
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. . .coming soon to a 3D theater near you.
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by far one of the best scifi books i've read. I got hook reading some of Cards shorts then had to read the books.
(24 May 2009)
This book is artfully written and has an AMAZING twist at the end. I love scifi books with really startling, jump-out-of-your-chair endings, and if you do you will be all over this book.
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Named my son Ender after this book. My all time favourite book
(19 Feb 2008)
I love this book. I loved this book even more after I had spent two years teaching children Ender's age. He shows without remorse what the raw emotions of a child can lead to when matched with Ender's intellect. Apart from the great psychological portrait that it paints, it's just a great sci-fi page turner from cover to cover.
(29 Oct 2006)
I prefer the short story. As usually happens, in fleshing out the story to fit a novel format, Card made the story more diffuse instead. But the concept still works and makes it a very readable novel. As usual, the sequels are of variable quality. I must admit to admiring Card's daring in presenting the same story in ENDER'S SHADOW. Somehow, that one isn't as memorable as the original, tho.
(27 Oct 2006)
One of the best Science Fiction books I've ever read. Card does an excellent job of showing us people who each think they are the good guy and all the main character.
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