Monday, October 21, 2013

B.O.B. Unplugged: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Today we unveil something new here on Battery Operated Book Blog.  We are going to start a feature once a week called B.O.B. Unplugged where for right now, you'll get reviews from my husband, Corbin, on books that are not of the Romance genre.  I can't thank him enough for doing this for me and for sharing his thoughts on one of his favorite books this week, Ender's Game.  

Now, why did I ask him to write about Ender's Game first?  Well it's simple, November 1st Ender's Game is coming to a theater near you.  I am super excited about it.  I read this book almost a year ago and would never have been able to review it myself because it was just a bit too complex for me to properly wrap my head around it.  

I hope you'll all join us every Monday for this special segment. I truly hope you find something your significant others would enjoy as much as you love Romance novels!  


Title: Ender's Game
Series: The Ender Quintet #1
Author: Orson Scott Card
Publish Date: July 15, 1994
Review Source: Purchased (and well loved) Paperback

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SYNOPSIS:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.



REVIEW:

Admittedly, I'm writing this review for this particular book due to the movie release coming so soon, and rightly so. It's terribly important that this book be read not only prior to seeing the movie on November 1st, but to understand what character development is supposed to be.

The story of Andrew Wiggin, called Ender by his family, is a tale of inner strength and realizing your potential. At the same time, it's a tragedy, as it points out that we all have our own personal dark side.

The human race was almost wiped out after an invasion from the "buggers." Humans found them, and after a war in space, the war came to Earth and humans barely survived. Now to fight the menace, humans have had to turn to children to command armies in an almost video game setting. Not just ordinary children, but brilliant children who can think and have reflexes faster than the average adult.

We begin by learning that Ender is a genius, and also a "third." That is, the government allowed his parents to have a third child in exception to a law, in the hopes that his hard brother and soft sister might combine to create what they are looking for. After some disturbing events occur on Earth, Ender is taken to the Battle School orbiting Earth.

The Battle School is a training center for children. Young children, starting from ages 6-15. By 15 years old, they are ready to be commanders of ships all over the universe. Ender starts out timid, but soon grows to understand the Battle School and his compatriots. Working with other students who Ender can't quite consider friends, he excels where others fail by forcing himself to think outside the box.

I read Ender's Game long before joining the military, but the way Orson Scott Card conveys the feelings of the children, and the joy of friendship in a lonely place astounds me. I found strength in Ender, and I found people in my life to fit the roles of nearly all the characters in the book. This is a book that you will think about randomly throughout your life, male or female, simply due to the strength of the ideas and characters that exist.

I should note that the movie is being overseen by Orson Scott Card, so it will be severely close to the source material. This book begs to be read at least once by all people. If you haven't, go get a copy now, you won't regret it.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author best known for the classic Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and other novels in the Ender universe. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature, from the American Library Association. Card has written sixty-one books, assorted plays, comics, and essays and newspaper columns. His work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the Hugo and the Nebula Awards-the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on 'best of' lists and been adopted by cities, universities and libraries for reading programs. The Ender novels have inspired a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. A highly anticipated The Authorized Ender Companion, written by Jake Black, is also forthcoming.Card offers writing workshops from time to time and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.Orson Scott Card currently lives with his family in Greensboro, NC.

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