Countless times I have paced in front of my bookshelf looking for a new book to read. Often I grab a book and run away with it. Sometimes, however, I search fruitlessly for what seems like hours. On one of those miserable days, a certain name caught my eye: Orson Scott Card. Although I was denied the permission to read his books, I have waited (im)patiently for a year and a half. And not in vain: the first book I have read by Card has thrust me into a bewildering but fantastic new world.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. Ender is an exceptional boy, bred for warfare and for his extreme intelligence. When an International Fleet officer knocks on his door, Ender finds himself whisked away to Battle School, the infamous school where students learn how to fight “buggers” (aliens). Ender is soon tricked into an unjust position.
It’s a fact, I don’t like the idea of aliens. Stupid, evil, crazy—they’re a silly fantasy to me. Worst of all, they kill people for no apparent reason. If aliens exist and have the intelligence to kill, they probably have a reason to. However, the aliens in Ender’s Game do have a reason. Like The Land of Stories (by Chris Colfer), the “bad guys” always have a reason behind their actions. This made Ender’s Game more realistic and easier to relate to, because after all, the world isn’t black and white.
Ender Wiggin is a complex character. When he is sent to Battle School, he meets anger, pain, sadness, and loneliness, which make him more of an adult at the age of ten than many other adults in his life. Ender is in a constant battle against the more brutal part of himself. This creates an interesting character: he becomes a killer with no will to kill. When Ender’s more brutal side takes over, such as in a fight with the school bully Stilson, Ender often ends up repelled by himself. This internal battle is why we can understand, sympathize with, and cry for Ender, because we all have a small internal battle inside ourselves.
Ender’s Game was a wonderful book. Because of its realistic, relatable characters, it is spellbinding and intense. Most importantly, Ender’s Game is a world in which you can get lost while still knowing exactly where you stand.
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