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Ender's Game (Ender Wiggins Saga #1)

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ISBN13: 9780812550702
ISBN10: 0812550706
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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? And what if Ender is merely the brilliant result of 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.

An increasingly popular and relevant novel that risks and achieves and delivers more than most anything else within the science fiction genre, Ender's Game is a contemporary classic — a work, as Gene Wolf has written, that will still be finding new readers when 99 percent of the books published this year are completely forgotten.

Review:

"Card has taken the venerable sf concepts of a superman and interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers — a major SF novel by any reasonable standards." Booklist

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"'Intense' is the word for Ender's Game." The New York Times

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"An affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained. The key, of course, is Ender Wiggin himself. Mr. Card never makes the mistake of patronizing or sentimentalizing his hero. Alternately likable and insufferable, his is a convincing little Napoleon in short pants." Gerald Jonas, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A gripping tale of adventure in space and a scathing indictment of the military mind." Library Journal

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"This twenty-five-year-old science fiction classic [is] unlike many hardcore SF titles [in that it] is particularly appropriate for a younger audience, for its protagonist, Ender Wiggin, is just six years old at the novel's beginning and still a pre-teen at its end....For the most part, this novel will deservedly reach a new generation." Norah Piehl, Children's Literature

Synopsis:

The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is now available in an author's definitive edition. The alien Buggers threaten humanity with extinction, and Earth's ultimate savior may be one small boy. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins thinks he is only playing computer games, but he is really commanding Earth's last great fleet.

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is a bestselling science fiction and fantasy author. His novels Enders Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Cards Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.

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Rich Grubb Jr, November 13, 2013 (view all comments by Rich Grubb Jr)
Fun book to read and think about how we only know what our perspective allows.
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Melinda Ott, November 4, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
Review originally posted on my blog at westmetromommy.blogspot.com
3.0 Stars

It has taken me a long time to read this book. I've had people recommend it to me for the past decade and, at one point, one of my previous book clubs discussed it. Since I knew I wouldn't be able to make that meeting, I didn't bother to read this. Finally, my good friend and most trusted book buddy convinced me to read it before the movie comes out. So, I did.

Eveyone I know who has read this book was completely blown away by it. I, on the otherhand, was underwhelmed. I don't know if it is because this book was so hyped to me before I even read it or if it just isn't "my type" of book (I do not normally read science fiction), but it was just "eh" to me.

I have some minor quibbles with the writing. I felt the battle scenes were just a bit over-written and could have been simplified or stream-lined. I also felt that the 3rd person point of view shifted too much--in the midst of describing what was happening in the mind of one character, it would switch to another character, then back to the first character. But, really, there weren't any major problems with the writing, or the plot. It just didn't click with me.

I'm clearly in the minority on this and there are many, many people who love this book--I'm just not one of them. I am planning to eventually see the movie and, maybe, that may change my mind about the book.
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sunsfanyesiam, October 31, 2013 (view all comments by sunsfanyesiam)
I rarely read the same book twice. I've just finished Ender's Game for the fourth time. Thirty years old and I still get that giddy feeling that comes from reading great character development in a novel of battle, mystery, adventure, love and redemption. This book will intellectually and emotionally stimulate young and old alike, even if you are not into science fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812550702
Author:
Card, Orson Scott
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Yancey, Rick
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
High tech
Subject:
Genetic engineering
Subject:
War games
Subject:
Ender (fictitious character)
Subject:
Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Wiggin, Ender
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science / Space Opera
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Arthurian
Subject:
aliens; yancey; science fiction; scifi; invasion; alien; survival; thriller
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The 5th Wave
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
19940731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 512 pages Tor Science Fiction - English 9780812550702 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Card has taken the venerable sf concepts of a superman and interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers — a major SF novel by any reasonable standards."
"Review" by , "'Intense' is the word for Ender's Game."
"Review" by , "An affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained. The key, of course, is Ender Wiggin himself. Mr. Card never makes the mistake of patronizing or sentimentalizing his hero. Alternately likable and insufferable, his is a convincing little Napoleon in short pants."
"Review" by , "A gripping tale of adventure in space and a scathing indictment of the military mind."
"Review" by , "This twenty-five-year-old science fiction classic [is] unlike many hardcore SF titles [in that it] is particularly appropriate for a younger audience, for its protagonist, Ender Wiggin, is just six years old at the novel's beginning and still a pre-teen at its end....For the most part, this novel will deservedly reach a new generation."
"Synopsis" by , The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is now available in an author's definitive edition. The alien Buggers threaten humanity with extinction, and Earth's ultimate savior may be one small boy. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins thinks he is only playing computer games, but he is really commanding Earth's last great fleet.
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