Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender Wiggin is only six years old when he is recruited to Battle School where he will be trained to protect mankind from the next invasion by an alien race who have already invaded and nearly won, twice before. Because of his small size, Ender is bullied by the bigger kids who want to be the star pupils at Battle School, but because of his intelligence and wit, Ender excels and quickly rises through the ranks. Battle School is a grueling series of challenges and tests and the toil takes a great toll on its students, but with the future of humanity on the line, the stakes are too high to quit. Would you have what it takes to make it through Battle School? What emotional price is too high to pay with so much at stake?

Truth be told, I am not a big science fiction reader. When a number of my friends started singing the praises of Ender’s Game, I didn’t think I would enjoy it, but I gave it a try. Wow, am I glad I did! Once I started reading, I finished the book in one sitting–it is that good!

I would compare Ender’s Game to Harry Potter in some ways–Ender is a young boy when he is thrust into a dangerous and exciting school where he is challenged to live up to his potential and grow from a boy into a protector of humanity. Orson Scott Card has written a number of sequels and prequels to Ender’s Game and greatly expanded the rich universe he created in this novel.

Contributed by Allen

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Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

What happens when you’re a war hero and can’t go home? Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card tells the story of what happens to Andrew “Ender” Wiggin after winning the Formic War in the classic Ender’s Game. Although only 12 years old, Ender is seen as a threat by the major military powers on Earth. It is only through the manipulation of public sentiment by Ender’s genius brother and sister, Peter and Valentine, that Ender avoids being tried as a war criminal. Ender then is indeed forced into exile, eventually becoming the governer of a distant world where he learns the true consequences of his actions during the war, including the price of destroying an entire alien race. Taking place before Speaker for the Dead, Ender in Exile is the first direct sequel to Ender’s Game and serves as a welcome return to Ender’s universe for fans of the series.