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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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it was amazing

Ender Wiggin comes from a promising origin, and from the moment he's born, the government has its eyes on him as Earth's potential savior against an alien menace. Once identified as a viable candidate for battle school, Ender is whisked away from the only home he's ever known to have his inborn traits polished into skills and put into action, but the powers that be are aggressively monitoring him and challenging him to breaking points. Every time Ender finds a friend or becomes comfortable, his security is whisked away from him and replaced with another test, another grooming session, another potentially deadly challenge. In a war he doesn't understand against an enemy he's actively prevented from learning about, Ender must try to save humanity without losing his.

The book did very well what the overall mission of the story did as well: Ender had to remain human and relatable, but the reader also had to be able to feel his dangerousness and his brilliance. That came through relatively well for Ender, and the only reason I can't complain more about him not being very relatable for me is that his situation really shouldn't be relatable to anyone. It's interesting how a person who consistently wins everything, always comes out on top, and is credited for saving the world can still feel like the underdog throughout. And of course, the purpose of a book like this is to make you wonder whether it's okay to exploit a child to save the future for more children. Well, that becomes more complicated when the government doesn't play straight with you about the threat you're facing and whether it really is a case of us vs. them. This is very good science fiction despite the fact that its subject matter is usually not my style, and it's just so very well told that it's hard not to enjoy it.

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Reading Progress

April 22, 2014 – Shelved
April 22, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
April 20, 2017 – Started Reading
April 28, 2017 – Finished Reading

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