Ender's Game, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The human race faces annihilation. An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history. The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope.

But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program - to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders. A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible.

But are they creating a hero or a monster? This is the multiple award-winning classic ENDER'S GAME - a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780356500843



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if you can ignore the name of the enemy. which has upset a lot of people. (just call them bugs, a la 'starship troopers') this is quite a dark story of what those in power who will do whatever it takes to win, even to those they're meant to protect, at whatever cost

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First published in 1985. A futuristic novel set after two invasions of insectoid alien species, the 'Buggers', and the expectation of another. Government agencies select child geniuses for training in military games on an orbiting Battle School. Protagonist Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin's sadistic older brother Peter and sister Valentine didn't make the cut, but Ender is selected and taken from his family. He is 'trained' in Battle School and Command School as Earth's hope for the future - a training that seems akin to some sort of brainwashing.A good story but I was really not keen on the word 'bugger' and cringed every time I read it - so many other better words out there that could have been used instead. Also, be aware of the sexism in the story - the Battle School is made up mostly of boys: 'A few girls. They don't often pass the tests to get in. Too many centuries of evolution are working against them' (p. 24). Quite a shocking attitude from the author and really not acceptable. Ender is also only six when he is ripped away from his family and the age just doesn't sit right with the character. No explanation is given as to why Ender's older brother Peter is so sadistic - you don't exhibit this sort of behaviour and start torturing small animals for no reason. Also, there are undertones to the story that I am not entirely comfortable with.

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