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Name: Ender's Game

Author: Orson Scott Card
Year: 1994
Rank: 4.6 out of 5
Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Original Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Popularity: 9.9
Genres/categories: Science fiction, Young adult, Award winners, Fantasy, Classic

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ISBN:
9780812589047
0812589041
Winner of the Hugo award for Best Novel in 1986.
Winner of the Nebula award for Best Novel in 1986.

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut - young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.


This book is part of the "Ender's Saga" series.
Here are some other books from this series:
Speaker for the Dead
First published 1986
Rank:4/5, Original Star Rating:4/5, Adjustred Star Rating:4/5, Pop Rating:9/10
A War of Gifts
First published 2007
Rank:2/5, Original Star Rating:3/5, Adjustred Star Rating:3/5, Pop Rating:2/10
Xenocide
First published 1991
Rank:3/5, Original Star Rating:3/5, Adjustred Star Rating:3/5, Pop Rating:8/10
Children of the Mind
First published 1996
Rank:3/5, Original Star Rating:3/5, Adjustred Star Rating:3/5, Pop Rating:8/10