By Orson Scott Card
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Started: August 14, 2010
Finished August 15, 2010
What can I say about Ender’s Game that hasn’t already been said a million times before in the decades since it’s been published. Orson Scott Card hit one out of the park with this tale of a boy tactical genius who leaves his family to train in an orbital military facility that’s been set up to create a new generation of Napoleons to save humanity in an upcoming war with an alien threat.
I don’t want to give anything else away just in case you’ve made it this far in life without reading this book, but I will say that it was so engrossing that I read the whole thing in the space of a few hours. If you’re a fan of science fiction at all then you owe yourself to buy Ender’s Game today.
Ender’s Game is considered a classic of the science fiction genre, and deservedly so, but reviews are mixed about everything that came after. Card seems to have spent a good portion of his career since Ender trying to recapture that old magic with varying degress of success. Some novels in the Ender series started their life as completely unrelated books that later had the hero from Card’s greatest success grafted on. So while the first book is a great success, like most series it seems to lose the plot as you go on. I prefer to read this book as a standalone and will be giving the rest in the series a pass for now.