Book Review: Ender’s Game

So, apparently I’m doing book reviews now. It wasn’t completely expected, but here we are. Shall we get to it then?

Ender’s Game is a Science-Fiction war story about the fight between the humans and their old enemy: An alien race known as the Buggers. It especially focus’s on one boy who has become a part of the fight at the age of six years old, and we see him training and growing stronger through the years.

WARNING: Some Spoilers May Follow.

In the beginning we have Andrew Wiggins (Ender) getting his “monitor” removed. All children have “monitors” for about 5 years. These are devices that are surgically implanted into them so authorities can keep an eye on everything that they see and hear. This is to keep them safe from whatever harm may threaten them. Once Ender’s is removed he is tormented by bullies at school. In an attempt to keep these bullies from doing anything to him he beats up the lead, and he continues beating him once he is down and unable to defend himself. He did so that none of his tormenters would bother him again, out of fear.

“Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they’d leave me alone.”

Ender Wiggins

This way of thinking got him recruited into military training. All through the book he is grown through a series of trials. The people in charge recognize his genius and push him more than they push any other students. He comes up with war strategies no one ever thought of before, and he works his way up until he becomes commander at nine years old. He makes a few friends through all this and he trains the greatest army in the entire academy.

Meanwhile, Ender’s brother and sister are still on earth. They are just as genius as he is.

Peter, the eldest, is a cruel and violent person who terrifies and messes with Ender through psychological games. Through the entire story Ender is constantly fearing that he is just like his brother.

Valentine, however, is the complete opposite. She is gentle, loving, and kind-hearted. She protects Ender from Peter’s cruelty and she encourages him. As a result she is the one person Ender loves and cares about more than anyone else.

Peter and Valentine were both considered for the role Ender received in the academy. However, neither of them were quite sufficient. Peter was too violent and cruel. Valentine was too loving and gentle. The one didn’t have the kindness needed to avoid unnecessary loss. The other didn’t have the strength to put aside her emotions in order to do what needed to be done. But Ender was different. He was balanced, with the hatred of violence and death as well as the sense of duty necessary to command an army and defeat the enemy.

While Ender was training, Peter and Valentine were working on something big. Peter was paying close attention to present world events and he noticed a tension between Russia and America. At the present time every country was united in the war against the Buggers, but Peter determined that as soon as the alien race was defeated, a new war would break out here on earth. Of course, there would be a leader under which each side would unite and Peter decided that this leader would be him.

Peter came to Valentine with his plan and convinced her to join in. They began having online debates on a political forum of sorts, the two of them being opposing political figures. Their debates grew bigger and bigger until everyone knew about them, and they were all over the news. Peter had accomplished his goal.

I could go on and on about this book for a long while but I don’t want to spoil too much, so I’ll stop here. I highly suggest Ender’s Game, but there is some language and inappropriate humor all throughout, as well as some descriptive violence. My age suggestion would be sixteen years or older, but let your parents determine if your younger. This is certainly a masterpiece of a story, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Ever onward,

Jacob Unger

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