There’s a reason Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, Ender’s Game, is now considered classic literature; a reason it’s one of the most read SciFi books of all time. And I believe it’s because it’s a product of its time. Albeit a book about a distant future (2195), it remains a book steeped in fear and impending doom at the threat of nuclear warfare. At the time Card wrote the novel, the threat of the Cold War was at its height, and because of this fear inherent in his writing we get a surreal look at a could-be future that would have been.
Ender Wiggin is a ‘third’, the third born to his family and the government allowed them to keep him. Each of his siblings are geniuses. True geniuses. The kind the government needs to use against the upcoming fleet of buggers who are coming back to finish off humanity. They enlist Ender into Battle School to learn how to combat the enemy, to train him to use his ability to command and push his ability to strategize. But in so doing they push him too far, push him in a way that leaves him without friends, or family or a life. Ender Wiggin is a very sad little boy.
Meanwhile his brother and sister, Peter and Valentine, are earthbound, but on a mission to rule the world. They create names for themselves, aliases: Demosthenes and Locke, and through their differing opinions and columns on the “nets” they are capable in time to have extreme weight on international affairs. I loved this aspect of the book, as it shows just how powerful two minds can be, even the minds of teenagers. I enjoy the take on what Card thought the internet would shape up to be. He did have a firm grasp on how forums would begin to grab attention, but it’s a rudimentary vision of what the internet has actually shaped up to be. It’s still fairly interesting though.
I think the only thing that really annoys me with Ender’s Game is the extremely basic form of slang that Card assumes will develop over time. If that’s how English will take shape, I want no part of it. If you haven’t read Ender’s Game, you really need to. This is a short review, as. I’ve read the book before, but just decided to give the audiobook a quick listen. I have yet to see the movie, nor read any of the other books. Unfortunately I’m scared to read the other books, because Ender’s Game had such a great, distinguished feel to it. I’m scared it’ll ruin Ender’s Game for me. Anyone else read any of Card’s extended Enderverse?