Review: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card



Rating:★★★★¼ 
Manliness:★★★★½ 

 

 

Ender’s Game is a futuristic story about a kid named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin and his training at a battle school for children.  In this school children are being raised as soldiers in to once again wage war against the Alien-Bugger Army.  We as the reader get two perspectives for most of the book: one from following Ender’s everyday activities in battle school, and the other from the perspective of government officials in charge of finding a military prodigy to lead Earth’s forces to victory against those crazy Buggers (which opens each chapter in a dialogue between unseen man regarding Ender’s progress in school).

I can describe Ender best in 2 letters: B.A.  In the futuristic military training that Ender begins at age six, there is battle simulator known as the “Battle Room,” in which Ender shows his true B.A.ness.  In the Battle Room, differing teams (or armies) engage in mock combat with one another, while the leaders of these armies are students themselves.  Ender quickly elevates above all the rest of the kids, even kids way older than he, and he ends up leading a group of young students in a whole new batch B.A. quality dominance.

After Chuck “Ender” Norris climbs the ladder of success in training, he is brought to Eros, the planet which houses Fleet Command, and there he is introduced to Mazer Rackham, the hero of the last Bugger invasion.  It is here that Ender begins commanding entire fleets in giant simulated battles against the enemy.  After Ender and his crew dominates a particular tough simulated battle against the Buggers, we quickly learn that… well… they weren’t simulated at all (I know, I felt that “Sixth Sense” mind-blowing-ness as well).  Ender saved the world, even if he didn’t know it.

All that fun world-saving stuff, coupled with a funky story of Ender’s evil-genius brother named Peter and sweet sister named Valentine, makes for a pretty interesting and entertaining (and not to mention, manly) story.  In the end we learn that Peter has taken control of the world, and Ender himself learns that the Buggers are simply poorly misunderstood creatures.  What makes this story great is the jealousy the reader gets of Ender’s character.  We can’t help but read Ender’s story and long in some way to be like Ender.  He and the ‘Dos Equis’ guy star in the sequel.

Space Explosions + Fast-paced Action + Buggers… Now that’s manly math even I can do.

About cory

Cory spends his nights vividly dreaming of his high school football highlights followed by detailed futuristic battles between good and evil. He has a vision that one day Bruce Willis and Clint Eastwood would team-up with him in a movie about Zombie-Ninjas, while Cory (who is played by The Rock) plays a character resembling King Leonidas–meets-Mr. Miyagi.

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