Ender's Game Book (Summary - Book Review - Book Order)

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Author Orson Scott Card
Cover artist John Harris
Country United States
Language English
Series Ender's Game series
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
15 January 1985
Media type Print (HardcoverPaperback & Ebook)
Pages 324
ISBN 0-312-93208-1
OCLC 23355613
Followed by Speaker for the Dead

The Ender Game is a 1985 science fiction military novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set on an unspecified date in Earth's future, the novel presents humanity in danger after two conflicts with the Formics, an insectoid alien species they call "buggers". In preparation for a third anticipatory invasion, children, including the protagonist of the novel, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, are trained from very young through increasingly difficult games, including some in zero gravity, where the tactical genius is revealed of Ender.

The book originated as the story "The Ender Game", published in the August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. After making the characters and plot lines that appear in the novel, Card wrote more books to form the Ender series of games. Card released an updated version of Ender's Game in 1991, changing some political facts to reflect the times with greater precision; for example, to include the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

The reception of the book has been generally positive. It has also become suggested reading for many military organizations, including the United States Marine Corps. Ender's Game won the Nebula Prize of 1985 for the best novel and the Hugo Prize of 1986 for the best novel. Its sequels, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind and Ender in Exile, follow Ender's subsequent journeys to many different worlds in the galaxy. In addition, the latest novel A War of Gifts and the novel Ender's Shadow takes place during the same period of time as the original.

A film adaptation of the same name written for the screen and directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield as Ender was released in October 2013. Card co-produced the film. It has also been adapted into two comic series.

Summary
In the future, humanity, have begun to explore the Universe and master interplanetary space flight, encounters an alien race called Formics, commonly referred to in the series as "buggers." The discovery of an advanced base in the asteroid Eros leads to warfare between species that humans gain by little, resulting in the discovery of advanced alien technology, including the manipulation of gravity. Ostensibly in preparation for another invasion of insects, an International Fleet is established on Earth, which creates a Battle School in Earth's orbit to convert gifted children into commanders capable of defeating buggers in the next war.

The protagonist Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is born as "Third": a rare exception to the policy of two children of the Earth, allowed by the government due to the promise shown by his two older brothers. The eldest, Peter, is a very intelligent sociopath who sadly harasses Ender, while his sister, Valentine, is more sympathetic to him. He does. remove Ender's monitoring device at age six, apparently ending his chances of Battle School, and Stilson mocks him for a fellow student. Ender hits Stilson before the fight breaks; Unknown to Ender, Stilson dies because of his injuries. When explaining his actions to I.F. Colonel Hyrum Graff, Ender declares his belief that, by showing superiority now, he has avoided future struggle. Graff, upon learning of this, offers Ender a place in the Battle School.

Graff and the other school leaders work in secret to isolate Ender from his fellow recruits and prevent him from feeling too comfortable in his environment. The cadets participate in competitive zero-gravity war simulations, where Ender quickly masters the game and dominates his opponents. The school continually tries to take down Ender, first promoting him to command a new army composed of rough recruits, then confronting him against multiple armies at once, but Ender's success continues. The jealous ex-commander of Ender, Bonzo Madrid, drags him into a fight outside the simulation, and Ender, once again, seeks to preventively prevent all future conflicts with Bonzo, killing him involuntarily.

On Earth, Peter Wiggin uses a global communication system to publish political essays under the pseudonym "Locke", hoping to establish himself as a respected speaker and, therefore, as a powerful politician. Valentine, despite not trusting Peter, agrees to publish with him as "Demosthenes." His essays are soon taken seriously by the government. Although Graff is told his true identity, he recommends keeping it secret, because his writings are politically useful.

Ender, who is now ten years old, is promoted to Command School on Eros after a brief respite on Earth. After some preliminary battles in the simulator, he is introduced to a former war hero, Mazer Rackham. From now on, Ender participates in simulations created and controlled by Mazer. As the skirmishes become more difficult, he is joined by some of his friends from the Battle School as sub commandants. Despite this, Ender is depressed by the battles, his isolation and by the way Mazer treats him.

When told that he faces his final test, Ender finds that his fleet is far more numerous than the buggers that surround the homeworld of his queens. Hoping to earn expulsion from school for his cruelty, he sacrifices his entire fleet to fire a Molecular Detachment Device in the world of the buggers' home. The device destroys the planet and the insect fleet that surrounds it. Mazer informs Ender that the "simulations" with which he has been fighting were real battles, directing human spacecraft against the bugger fleets through an ansible and that Ender has won the war. Ender is more depressed to learn this, realizing that he has committed genocide.

When he recovers, he learns that, at the end of the bugs war, the powers of the Earth fought each other. He stays in Eros while his friends return home and the settlers venture to other worlds, using Eros as a transit station. Among the first settlers is Valentine, who apologizes because Ender will never be able to return to Earth, where Peter and other politicians will exploit him to fulfill his own purposes. Instead, Ender joins the program of the colony to populate one of the ancient worlds of buggers. There, he discovers the inactive egg of a sheep queen, who reveals that the bugs had initially assumed that humans were not a sensitive race, for lack of collective consciousness, but they realized his mistake too late and asked Ender that takes the egg to a new planet to colonize.

Ender takes the egg and, with information from the Queen, writes The Hive Queen under the alias "Speaker for the Dead". Peter, now the leader of Earth and seventy-seven with a broken heart, recognizes Ender as the author of The Hive Queen. He asks Ender to write a book about him, which Ender calls The Hegemon. The combined works create a new type of funeral, in which Speaker for the Dead tells the complete story and without apology of the deceased, adopted by many on Earth and its colonies. In the end, Ender and Valentine approach a series of starships near the speed of light and visit many worlds, in search of a safe place to establish the Hive Queen that has not yet been born.

Review
Intense is the word for Ender's game. The aliens have attacked the Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure that humans win the next meeting, the world government has dedicated itself to raising military geniuses, and then to train them in the arts of war ... Early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of "games" ... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; He wins all the games ... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers".

The card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.

The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

The card was born in Washington state and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many SF and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost GateGate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

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