There have been a lot of students coming into the bookstore lately, looking for Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. It has been a very, very long time since I read it last, so I decided to re-read it. If you find it starts off a bit slowly, be patient. It will be worth the wait.
The premise of the story is that Earth is at war with an alien species. Earth only won the last battle by a narrow margin, and now is preparing for the next one. Because the technology of war is all computer based, the military powers have found that children are actually better than adults at operating it, their minds more flexible and agile, responding and adapting quickly.
Put a little boy named Andrew, nicknamed “Ender”, into the scenario. He is both mentally and emotionally perfect for the army’s purposes. A genius in every way. In fact, they want him to potentially command the entire fleet. He’s six.
I couldn’t put this story down. I dragged my e-reader with me everywhere I went, in case I might have a spare second to read. There were so many fascinating aspects to the story, the gripping plot, the moral and ethical dilemmas. Is it okay to destroy a child’s life, or even more than one child, in order to to save an entire species? So that there will be future children? I was reading through teared up eyes more than once.
I hear that a movie is planned for next year or so. There’s also a graphic novel. Obviously this book is still relevant, and very very good, despite being more than thirty years old.
Even if you aren’t normally a sci-fi fan, I urge you to give this book a try. I think that the story is good enough to make it’s genre irrelevant.
I am now reading book three of the series. Anyone know of any Ender’s anonymous groups out there?