Winner of the 1985 Nebula Award and the Hugo Award for best novel in 1986
Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic that divides people. I have recently developed a passion for science fiction and so was keen to find out why this book is talked about so much.
The book focuses on Ender, a six-year-old boy, who was born specifically to help fight against an alien invasion. He leaves his family on Earth to attend Battle school where he is trained to become a ruthless killer.
I have to admit that the synopsis did not appeal to me at all. I have no interest in fighting, especially when it involves six-year-old children, and aliens don’t normally appeal either. I was therefore surprised by how much I enjoyed the first section of the book. I immediately connected with Ender and his conflicting emotions about leaving his family.
I found the way Ender was manipulated into hurting other people fascinating. It was thought-provoking to see how easily a gentle individual could be changed by a series of small events.
Initially I loved reading about the Battle School, but I found that the exercises became repetitive and I began to lose interest. As the book progressed the fighting intensified and I became increasingly bored. Luckily everything was changed by the ending, which I thought was fantastic.
I found this book very hard to rate. I have a feeling that in a few years time I will have forgotten about how much that middle section irritated me and will only remember the amazing beginning and end sections. They were so powerful, original and thought-provoking that I can see why this book is a classic. I’m sure I’ll remember Ender for the rest of my life and so I’m going to give it a (generous?) 4.5 stars.
This book teaches us important lessons about the fragility of our peaceful society and gives a scary prediction of the future. Recommended.
Have you read Ender’s Game?
Do you recommend I read the rest of the series?