I really enjoyed this book when I read it as a kid. I had an opportunity to reread it again recently and found it was a good story.
It blends fantasy a...moreI really enjoyed this book when I read it as a kid. I had an opportunity to reread it again recently and found it was a good story.
It blends fantasy and sci-fi in a virtual reality game that our protagonist gets stuck in. Every time she dies in the game, she is forced back to the beginning. The game is not easy, so this occurs with some frequency, giving it sort of a Groundhog's Day kind of feel.
It's a funny YA story that's a quick read. It's not the deepest book ever, but the main character is funny and pretty relatable. It's paced very quickly and I can't think of any place in the book where I was bored. I'd recommend this for both kids and adults looking for a fun fantasy/sci-fi story.(less)
This is probably one of my favorite books and one of the ones that made me want to become a writer in the first place.
Ever since I first read it high...moreThis is probably one of my favorite books and one of the ones that made me want to become a writer in the first place.
Ever since I first read it high school, I've loved this book (not so much the rest of the series, but that's another matter). I was always more of a fantasy reader rather than a sci-fi reader, mostly because the kind of stories I like are ones that focus on characters. Up until I read Ender's Game, most of the sci-fi I read had an irritating tendency to focus more on the science aspect of what was going on, rather than the characters.
Ender's Game, as pretty much everyone who read it knows, is HEAVILY character-driven. You feel sympathy for Ender pretty well throughout. He's tortured by his brother, doesn't fit in at his school, is sent into space away from his loving sister Valentine and the only family he's ever known, and gets systematically broken down as the story progresses. Ender becomes a great leader because of this, but you really do see how much his life really sucks because of what it took to make him one.
There is some science important to this story, mostly centered around Battle School and how the zero-gravity combat works. Card doesn't overly explain every detail of how it works and bore the reader like some other authors do(I'm thinking of Arthur C. Clark specifically).
Aside from Ender, many of the other major characters are interesting as well, specifically Valentine, Peter, and Bean. Peter is a bit of an egotistical jerk who has more ambition than he should, even though he claims to have good intentions. Valentine is very sympathetic as well, since she really loves Ender and misses him throughout which does kinda tug at the heartstrings. The Valentine and Peter subplot is different, but pretty fascinating and I like how it ties into what happens near the end of the book. Bean is also a neat character. More books in the series focus specifically on him, but I sort of think he was a better character in this book since you didn't know a whole lot about him (and, if you read Ender's Shadow, you see his motivations and attitude gets subtly retconned in a way that contradicts this book a bit, which always bothered me).
I really felt empathy for Ender and the other characters. I feel like most kids who've ever felt like an outcast can relate to him, and his character is written in a way where he doesn't seem overly whiny or anything. It's a fantastic book. Anyone who loves stories with complex and believable characters, and anyone who wants to get a lesson in how to write good characters, should read this book.(less)