Ender’s Game: The Book

Ender's Game BookA few months ago, I made a deal with my husband. He had just bugged me about reading Ender’s Game for the billionth time. I’d been avoiding it because, no matter how many times he told me it was a good book, science fiction is not my favorite.

“I’ll read Ender’s Game if you read Redeeming Love,” I said. For weeks I had been trying to figure out how to get him to read what he would consider a “girly book” (the man won’t even try yoga with me!). I knew he would appreciate the industry-changing story and writing if he could get past the “girly” thing.

He agreed, so when I finished Gypsy Duke, I hunted for his copy of Ender’s Game (I never did organize those books after we moved). He told me it would be a quick read and I didn’t believe him. Five days later I proved him right. Darn. I could’ve dragged it out, but I had to find out what happened next.

Ender’s Game is what Jonathan describes as “deep science fiction.” The character development made me forget that the setting is ridiculous, and the story haunted me for weeks after I finished reading. (And then again after I saw the movie, which I’ll post about later this week).

I’m not going to give away too much because I want you to read the book, but the story is about a boy named Ender Wiggin. He’s a child prodigy when it comes to war. As a six-year-old, he leaves his family to attend Battle School, where the teachers manipulate him to bring out his brilliance, knowing he’s the only one who can save them in the next bugger attack.

I do have one editorial complaint. The last 30 or so pages felt superfluous, like a tacked-on story line intended to keep the door open for another book. Even so, I plan to finish out the series.

Jonathan hasn’t started Redeeming Love yet. But don’t worry, I’ll make sure it happens!

5 thoughts on “Ender’s Game: The Book

  1. Meredith Miller

    Wow, that’s quite a deal you made :P. I had to read Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow for my senior year of high school. It’s one of Ian’s and my mom’s favorite book series. I read them both like 1.5 times (had to write a paper on them too, and it needed to have quotes…so I had to re-read them to find the quotes I wanted). The two sentences in your blog post that caught my eye was “where the teachers manipulate him to bring out his brilliance” and “the story haunted me for weeks after I finished reading”. Those were my exact thoughts in regards to these stories. Actually, the stories haunted me for MONTHS after I finished them. To this day, if I think about it too much, I won’t sleep! I hated them. I really wished I liked them…because they were fast reads…even for me! But my heart was just in anguish for him…a fictional character! It was awful. Anyways, just glad someone else had the same reaction, but liked it :). Hope you have the same for Ender’s Shadow :).

    ~Meredith Miller

    1. Sarah Post author

      Sorry, Meredith–I just saw this comment today. Not sure how I missed it!

      Do you think reading them for school might have something to do with not liking them? I (almost) never liked books I had to read for class.

      I haven’t moved on to Ender’s Shadow yet, but I’ll have to track down a copy soon.

      1. Meredith Miller

        No problem :)

        It might have impacted my initial thoughts, but I did enjoy The Chosen, that I had to read earlier that year. *shudder* I still get disturbed when I think about those books!

        Well, let me know what you think of the second one!

  2. Bethany D.

    Ender’s Game is pretty fantastic. I had to re-read it for the movie, and I wondered if I was going to love it as much the second time through. Still so, so good!

    But as for the superfluous ending… I just found this out recently, but Ender’s Game was actually written so Orson Scott Card could write the sequel, Speaker for the Dead. He had the idea for Speaker first but couldn’t figure out a way to set things up without an incredibly boring intro, so he just made a whole book out of it!

    I actually like the ending, though. I was bummed by how they changed it in the movie.

    1. Sarah Post author

      Interesting. I did not know that. I’m almost afraid I won’t like Speaker for the Dead just because I didn’t like the end of Ender’s Game. We’ll see. But I want to read Ender’s Shadow first, I think.

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