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Paperback, Tor Books, 1994, ISBN # 0812550706
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An expert at simulated war games, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth's complete destruction

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An expert at simulated war games, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth's complete destruction

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards
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. "Ender's Game" is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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Number of Pages: 324
Original Languages: English
Author: Card, Orson Scott
Series Title: Ender
Primary Shelf ID: 586700
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: July, 1994
ISBN-13: 9780812550702
Brand: READERLINK BOOKS
Digital Video Formats: Paperback
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.00 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0812550706
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Good but doesn't make sense
3/10/2016

Customer review by AaronTheudoricusMathUt

4.0 stars 3/10/2016 by AaronTheudoricusMathUt
by AaronTheudoricusMathUt

If you like books that involve futuristic technology, action, danger, and tragedy; Ender’s game is the book for you. Sadly, just like every other book, it has it’s ups and downs. When I first started reading the book, I thought the beginning was a little long and boring. Some of the chapters didn’t make sense or the main idea was easily misunderstood. The thing that bothered me most was that before the continuation of Ender’s story, there would be a side conversation between either the General and Graff or Valentine and Peter which was long and pointless; having nothing to do with the story in my opinion. The things I liked about the book was that it had many battles where the scenario varied every time which made the reader want to keep reading to figure out the outcome; the protagonist had to fight to survive battle school either from training or foes he had made along his journey adding intensity to the story line. Even though the negatives outweigh the positives, I still enjoyed reading it. I rate it 4 stars out of five.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
12/6/2007

Customer review by ElGordo

5.0 stars 12/6/2007 by ElGordo
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This book is great. It's fairly short so it's a quick read, but it'll stay with you. It was originally written as a short story and broadened into novel length, so it keeps that brevity. It delivers a story of the not too distant future where mankind has come up against a bug-like alien race twice, and barely survived both times. This time around the world governments have been testing their children for the best and brightest and sending them into a special military school in orbit around Earth. Here they train them from a tender age to be soldiers and commanders for the next war. Where barely surviving is no longer an option I read and re-read this book to death in my tweens and early teens. Enough so that it had to be kept in a plastic bag to keep all the pages together after the binding disintigrated. Another reviewer noted there is a bit of moderate swearing and the like. But honestly, that's what you get when you get a bunch of boys together. Actually, there is less vulgarity than when I was in grade school as a budding swearing enthusiast. The sequels are really preachy (which gets pretty annoying), especially the parallel series about Bean, but don't let that stop you! You need to own this book. It deserves to be purchased in hard cover and kept for posterity.

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4.0 stars 3/10/2016 by harrold
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“Ender's Game” is a futuristic, intriguing book that will capture the attention of any person who likes space, or futuristic prospects. The book may be a little slow sometimes, and it often repeats the same concept of plot over and over again. The end of the book was the opposite of what was expected, and hoped for. The book not only ended on a cliff hanger ending, but made me not want to read the next book. The book was often low on excitement, and the plot was a bit far fetched. It also focused heavily on the emotions of the characters, which was often understood fairly early on. cons- The book was sometimes slow and repeated the same concept of events happening to the main character. It often showed the emotions of characters even when their feelings were already obvious. The ending of the book was a major letdown for me, and I think that it could have ended better. A 10 year old leading a star fleet is a bit of a stretch and also some more of the concepts of the book where a little too far fetched. pros- Intriguing book that has a good plot and is an easy read.

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Pretty Good
3/10/2016

Customer review by TaraD

3.0 stars 3/10/2016 by TaraD
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Tara Davis When I started reading the book I thought it was going to be boring, but it turned out to be pretty good. As a reader, I don’t usually like science fiction, but this book was ok. If you like books like Star Wars then you will like Ender’s Game. Positives The characters are easy to relate to and sympathize with because of how realistic the author made them. There are very little dull moments and there is a lot of action. The book has an interesting concept and gets really intense towards the end. There are many plot twists Negatives There was a lack of detail when describing the battle room, and the planets, which makes some scenes a little confusing hard to visualize. The book made the reader infer a lot, and some parts were a little hard to understand Some points in the book were kind of pointless and boring. The beginning of the book was kind of slow, but it got better towards the end. If I didn't have to read the book for class, then I probably would have returned it once i got to the second chapter.I am glad that I read it to the end because it gets a lot better at the end.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
One of the best Sci-Fi books ever!
4/9/2009

Customer review by Sarich

5.0 stars 4/9/2009 by Sarich
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This book is simply amazing from start to finish. I won't spoil any details, but it accurrately shows how a group of boys would behave with each other. The book reminded me much of my six to twelve year old self, from the way I behaved to the way I talked when the adults weren't looking. Also, to the one negeative comment about this book, it was not written for children, it was written about children.

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