Book Review: Ender's Game

enders_game_cover.jpg

Well, it looks like getting through my presents was not the only thing I was slacking on.

A while back, I got a book some time after I seen the movie adaption in theaters, wanting to read the original source.

Fortunately, I was able to sit down and read it, just like I found time for the books I got for Christmas.

Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Another war is about to occur and the military is looking for a new person to lead them to a victory against an extraterrestrial threat.

Andrew Wiggin, nicknamed Ender, is only the latest candidate in this search, but he does want to hurt others and must struggle between who he wants to be and who he is expected to be.

While I did like the movie, as was the case for the anime Another, I think that I enjoyed the book a whole lot more. From the very first page, I was drawn into the story and I did not really want to put it down. Seeing as this is my first encounter with the Card’s work, I have to applaud him for doing something that The Book Thief could not really do. The pacing was good enough that I felt like I got to know Ender and be able sympathize with many of the situations he was in. I liked how Ender struggled between what he wanted to be and what everyone expected him to be. That is how I feel like my life is right now. There are things people want me to do that I either have absolutely desire to or that I do not find necessary and I am not very happy about that, even though many of them wish for my happiness. Likewise, Ender did not want to hurt others, but the military trained him to conquer and kill and he tried to fight it. Then again, Ender was fighting it because he did not want to be like Peter, his brother who had tormented him. This showed that he was not only struggling against the people that wanted him to kill, but that he was actually fighting with himself. We all struggle between who we want to be and who we really are, no matter whether we belong to a religion or not. However, people usually not that successful. Another thing that was nice was that Petra was not Ender’s romantic interest. In the movie, as far as I can remember because it has been a while since I saw it, there seemed to be suggestions that Petra would get together with Ender at some point and seeing that he is still a child, I see no point in him being in a relationship with the opposite sex beyond friends. After all, for a boy as young as Ender is, the most important women in his life would be those already in his family, such as his mother and sister, not some girl who helped him learn a few things to do better in the battle room. I also liked how Ender developed from just a normal child into a great commander. In the movie, things just seemed to happen very quickly. In fact, it was probably too quick to even see Ender make the transition to commander, though that could be because not all of Ender’s struggles were shown like they were in the book. The thing that I liked the most though was that Ender’s misery of realizing that he wiped out an entire species just felt more realistic. In the movie, he just went out and met a survivor of the aliens that Ender attacked. Here, however, he seemed to go through the same things that people go through when they are responsible for a death that they did not want happen, even though the species forgave him for their destruction. Outside of that, the only other thing that I can think of that I liked was the humor that was present in the book. The fact that it showed how Ender went from an ordinary boy to a great commander and that I was able to sympathize with his struggles made the book relatively good.

Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, since nothing comes to my mind, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was quite a bit to like, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of science fiction and those who want a good story.

What are your thoughts on Ender’s Game? Did you like it or hate it? If you saw the movie, did you like the book better like I did? Feel free to comment.

Use an app on your phone (e.g. Scan for Android) to capture the image above. If successful, you should be taken to the web version of this article.

Copyright © 2015 Bryce Campbell. All Rights Reserved.