Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender or more formally, Andrew Wiggin, is the International Federation’s (IF’s) only hope of ever destroying the Aliens, who twice have tried and failed to colonise Earth. The Aliens or Buggers, as they’re more commonly known as, came to earth with the hope of colonising it and expanding the reaches of their intergalactic species and to ensure the lasting survival of their race. The Alien’s or Bugger’s were both times only marginally defeated and by little more than chance no less. To ensure the survival of the species and the safety of the human race and our ancestral home, the International Federation(IF) was founded. All human’s regardless of race, skin tone or cultural background all came together under one banner. Former enemies became friends, fighting together for the survival of their children, of their friends, of their countries, of their world. The world was now united on a scale never before seen.
To fuel an army designed wholly to destroy and wipe from existence an entire species, far more sophisticated than ourselves, an army of geniuses are needed to command it. From an extremely young age every kid is subject to constant surveillance through a monitor implanted in the back of their neck. The monitor is in order to find the exponentially bright minds required to lead such an army to victory and to destroy the buggers once and for all.
Ender’s brother and sister both showed immense promise for such a task but, they both were respectively either too brutal or too compassionate. The IF, feeling like they were on to something allowed, Ender’s parent’s to have a third child, a legal rarity in such a society, as all parent’s were only limited to the possession of up to two children and no more. Because of this oddity Ender was bullied not only in school but, at home too. His parent’s love him with all their heart but, know they cannot ever live a normal life with a third in the family. That’s why at nearly seven years of age Ender decides, himself that it’s best for everyone if he went to battle school to train to become the commander the IF have always wished for, and destroy the Buggers once and for all.
Teen Rating: An incredibly written story, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Each to keep us guessing, at where the final destination may actually be in the grand scheme of things. If written differently Ender’s Game could easily have become incredibly boring and an easily forgettable story. Fortunately for us, however, Orson’s writing technique and his ability to leave us all in the dark makes Ender’s Game and sensational read. Leaving you lost for words, deep in thought and wishing for more. 4.8/5 13+