Everyone has seen or heard of the Ender’s Game movie, but how many have actually taken the time to read this classic novel from Orson Scott Card? The book that inspired the movie is actually the number one best selling book right now, according to New York Times’ Best Sellers List of Paperback Mass Market Fiction. Even though this might be the result of the recent movie, Ender’s Game had very high ratings long before the movie was ever conceived. This is the book that started the “Enderverse” which is the fan given name of the thirteen novels, thirteen short stories, 47 comic books, and a feature film.
Ender’s Game centers around a six-year-old boy named Ender Wiggins. Ender is a child genius who is often able to turn situations that are very bleak for him around. Ender is very persuasive and incredible witty and smart. He is one of three siblings but is easily the most talented of them all. Ender is soon chosen to leave Earth and go to a place called Battle School in order to learn how to best defend planet Earth from a race of aliens called “the Buggers.” Ender soon graduates from that school and moves to Command School. Upon arrival at Command School, Ender once again proves himself to be the elite out of all the students there. Ender is soon given an army of his own to command.
Ender uses this army in the Mind Games, where Ender competes with other commanders in a simulated battle game. Near the end of the book, Ender is put up against one of the hardest missions of his life and, even though he lost a large number of his and other people’s armies, he comes out victorious. Soon after that, Ender finds out that the “games” that he and other children have been playing were actual combat scenarios and that all the men that he lost were actual lives. Ender begins to feel resentment towards those who lied and used him to achieve a goal.
This book contains a wide variety of characters: from Ender and his family, to the friends and enemies he meets at the Battle and Command Schools. Some follow him through to the end and some phase out of his story as quickly as they enter it. All of these characters, however, are well built and none of them seem one-dimensional. Most have back-stories that are touched upon and nearly all of them have a firm foundation.
The main plot in the story will keep most people guessing, and Orson Scott Card does a fine job of keeping readers in the dark right up until the very end. Card also manages to leave the readers with a cliffhanger that leaves them wanting to know more about Ender and the fate of the certain item that he is carrying at the end of the book.
Ender’s Game is a well constructed novel with well defined characters. It’s plot is enticing and easily keeps readers from putting the book down. The characters are relatable and seem to have a life of their own, not just following some design that their authors made up for them. With everything taken into consideration, Ender’s Game is a book that has lasted for well over 30 years and it is easy to see why. This book is truly a gem among its kind and is something everyone should read.