Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

Report by Leah Friesen


Imagine a six year old. Now imagine that same six year old being the commander of an army to protect the world. Imagine that six year old winning the battle. This is exactly what happened to Ender Wiggin. Ender lives in a world that is constantly paranoid that the buggers will come and take over. The buggers have been defeated before, but the people are anticipating another attack. Ender is selected to go to Battle School where he learns how to fight in zero gravity and how to command an army. Ender is pushed to his limits from the first day he arrives because the teachers are constantly challenging him. The teachers know that he is their only hope. Later he travels to command schools where he fights in stimulations. His new teacher is Mazer Rackham, the person that previously defeated the buggers. They discover that the buggers have a queen that thinks for them and that information is automatically transferred to the buggers brains. Finally, Ender is forced to fight a very challenging stimulation battle. In the end he finds out that each stimulation battle was a real battle, and his teachers tricked him. They said they had use a child so they would have the compassion to try and understand the buggers, and he had to think of it as a game because of the risk of life. In the end Ender and his sister, Valentine, travel to the worlds where the buggers lived and works to colonize them. The story is told from Ender's point of view and is science fiction. One theme is compassion. Ender shows compassion everyday by trying to understand his enemy, not just defeat him by power and force.

What did you enjoy about the book?

I enjoyed that the book had a lot of action. Every chapter there was something new that made me want to keep reading. One chapter he was sent to Battle School, then the next one he joined an army, then he became a commander. This book is filled with action and kept me interested until I finished it.

What was the genre of the book?

Ender's Game is science fiction.

Why would you recommend this book?

I would recommend this book because it keeps readers interested with all the action it contains. I enjoyed the futuristic part of this book and I think other people will enjoy it too.

What was the author's purpose for writing this book?

I think the author wrote this book to show children that even when it feels like the world is against you to keep pushing back. Ender felt like everybody was against him: the teachers, the students, and the commanders, but he kept pushing himself and it eventually payed off.

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