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The Ender Quartet Box Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind
by Orson Scott Card
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PublisherTor Science Fiction
Release Date2008-11-04 (added to CC 9 Jun 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank2,561

This boxed set contains Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind

 

Ender's Game

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 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.

 

Speaker for the Dead

 

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frighteni...


Member Reviews
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(31 Oct 2006)
Ender's Game is a truly entertaining read. If you want to catch Orson Scott Card at his best, read 'Speaker for the Dead', the second book in the Ender series. It is a different kind of book from Ender's Game, but I believe it is possibly one of the best sci-fi novels ever written.
(7 Feb 2006)
The Ender's Game saga is awesome. Ender's Shadow is the exact same story- and timeline as Ender's Game, but told from a different point of view. Shadow of the Hegemon is what I'm currently reading at the moment and for once I'm actually interested in the games of politics because of Peter.

Ender's Game is just great, whether you read it for the characters or the science. The Battle School is incredible, especially with the awesome zero-g battle room.
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