Where I Bought : eBook
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Rating : 5/5 stars
This is a book that gnawed at me even though I placed a bookmark at Chapter 12 and thought of resting my tired self.
Needless to say I finished the whole book in a matter of two days, usually it takes about a week for me to finish a book.
Ender’s Game is a sci-fi book set in Earth’s future. With incoming invasions of an insectoid alien species, human race has to gear up for intergalactic war. We learned from the First and Second Earth Invasion. Our exploration in space leads to the discovery of an alien’s colony in far space and defeating them helped us advanced into alien technology like gravity control.
In parallel with that a genetically breed of human program takes place in the aftermath and young children are carefully selected to join the armies against the alien. The protagonist Ender Wiggin is one of them.
As the third child prodigy from his family, with an elder brother Peter and elder sister Valentine who are both geniuses in the league of their own, Ender is constantly ridiculed by peers for being the Third as society decrees a normal family should only have two children. Despite all of that, Ender gained the attention of Colonel Graff and is selected to join the International Fleet military to undergo a training program.
At that time he is only six.
Ender is so vigorously trained to display prompt and speedy decisions, which he handled gracefully and earned the respect from schoolmates. It piqued my curiosity to read how he tackle each problem thrown at him during battles and also how he managed his social position in the school by being the most envied person.
At times I feel the pain in Ender as he struggles on coming to terms with decisions he made to survive and the emotions that tormented him. Separated from his beloved sister, seeing he might live in the shadow of his brutal brother, finding meaning in endless drills, human race’s hope weighed on his shoulder… … Perhaps all he wanted is just to be a normal kid.
As the the author mentioned at the introduction of the book, his writings has no superfluous adjectives nor flowery display of literature. His simple language of telling Ender’s story is straightforward but not divulging elaborately, so as to let reader’s imagination run free.
A story told in its purest form yet so grappling that one could not help but flip through pages and pages until the end. Orson Scott Card is an impressive master of story telling and possesses magical powers to capture the devoted attention of readers.
Wouldn’t you want to find out what happened to Ender and what happened to the war?
I would highly recommend you to pick up this book if you’re into science fiction and unveil for yourself the war journey through Ender’s eyes.
My book review is also in response to this week’s Stellar and Lunar Challenge Roundup #11 (July 30) themed Velocity / Value, because it reminds me of Ender’s swift judgement and his worthy values toward sentient beings.