Monday, December 15, 2014

Teen review: Science fiction

Ender’s Game
by Orson Scott Card
368 pages
Science fiction
For ages 12-18

Reviewed by J.C., grade 9


This classic book is about Ender Wiggin, a gifted child with a mind for strategy. He is sent from his home to the Battle School, where other kids like him are trained in simulations to fight off a future alien invasion. Ender proves to be not only a talented, cunning tactical master, but humanity’s best chance for survival. But it is soon revealed that what Battle School wants Ender to become may not be best for humanity after all.

It’s been more than 30 years since this book’s release, and the powerful story and messages it tells are still far from irrelevant. The characters’ motivations and feelings are clearly defined and shown. You relate to and feel for all of them. Card’s writing is brilliant, making complicated ideas and feelings easy to understand without losing the feelings it’s supposed to invoke. And the beauty of the book is it could be read as a thrilling action adventure book, or as a more philosophical take on human nature.

If I were to rate this book, I’d give it a 5/5. The characters, story, idea, and pacing were all phenomenal. There wasn’t a boring moment in this book, and the ending is not only surprising, but it really gets you thinking.

Editor's note: We love Ender's Game too. And don't forget that there are many sequels! Go back to Isaac's review to see the order in which you might want to read them...




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