Monday, March 09, 2009

Cannonball Read - Book 18

Nate claims to have read Ender's Game when he was five. I think he's exaggerating - he probably read it when he was seven. But don't go thinking that this is a children's book. It's about children, yes, and was probably written with children in mind, but it totally transcends age groups and acts more as a commentary on war and education than on "kids."
Here's a little synopsis, courtesy of the back of the book:

Once again, Earth is under attack. Alien 'buggers' are poised for a final assault. The survival of the human species depends on a military genius who can defeat the buggers.
But who?
Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.
Recruited for military training by the world goverment, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. In simulated war games he excels. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game.
Right?

And there you have it. To be honest, I didn't like how predictable Ender's Game was. I totally saw the ending coming. But, it was a long road to get there, and I enjoyed every step along the way.

Ender's Game - A-

1 comment:

nate said...

The reason you saw the end coming was because it has been co-opted by a bunch of other books and movies.