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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Una Mti edition (Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427235392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427235398
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.6 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking adult SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first YA cross-over novel in the UK.

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"Card has taken the venerable sf concepts of a superman and interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers--a major sf novel by any reasonable standards." --"Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The worldwide bestselling and award-winning classic science fiction novel - to be released as a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford on 25th October 2013 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 16 May 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read my fair share of fantasy and have therefore found several cases in which the author creates a well-crafted world. Orson Scott Card excels in this aspect, presenting a setting that is on the borderline between a fantastic world and a possible future for our own existence. One of the aspects that I enjoyed most about this work is the complex set of rules created by the author and the heavy weight politics and philosophy play in the story.
Andrew Wiggin, also known as Ender due to his sister's inability for voicing his real name, is a very special little kid. His parents received a special permission from the government to have a third child due to their outstanding genes, overriding the law that prevents having more that two kids. As a result Ender has worn a monitor since his birth and every one of his actions has been analyzed in extreme detail. But now the monitor needs to come off, and the people that have been monitoring him are interested in making life difficult for him to unveil his reactions.
Of course it does not stop there, and when the offer from Colonel Graff for joining the Battle school is presented to Ender, he has to go fulfill his duty and leave behind his family and the human being he cares about the most, his sister Valentine. The Battle School should not be taken lightly. Eighty years ago, the humans fought a war against the buggers and were only able to survive thanks to a brilliant commander. Now humanity depends on the ability of the high ranks of the military to find a new leader, and Ender is one of the hopes they have for salvation. The fact that he is younger than most in Battle School will certainly make things difficult for him, and keep things interesting for us.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Colinberg on 14 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
I love reading, and I always have a book on the go. I have therefore read a fair few books. But of all the great books I have read, I only recommend three, and this is one of them. When I started reading Enders Game I was intrigued right from the start. I quickly became engrossed and then completely absorbed to the point I didn't want to put it down. I would read it for hours on end.
Why? People often say that the book is better than the film. Enders Game to me has the same distinction from other books. The story is incredibly absorbing and exceptionally fulfilling to read. You always want to know whats going to happen next and the story just keeps building and building. At no point does it disappoint or ebb. There are lots of books I have read and enjoyed, but Enders Game really stands out from the crowd. It was a real pleasure to read.
I had doubts about a book staring a six year old. I needn't have doubted. Ender is an exceptionally likeable and interesting character, he really grew on me and I felt a real connection. The only negative point I can think of is that its a real downer to finish the book, but only because it has finished. I can truly recommend this book to everyone as it is without doubt one of those rare books that truly rewards the reader!
A word of warning, if you are planning to buy this book, better not read lgonggr's review below (Leimuiden, Netherlands). He mentions some things that in my opinion may spoil your experience!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin M. Green on 4 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent science fiction novel, with a fun plot and brilliant characterisation. The game sequences are surprisingly involving and it's hard not to want to join in. It's also remarkably difficult to put this book down, as it flows so well.
My only criticisms are that its origin as a short story are very clear by the end, and that a final anti-war sequence feels as though it was tacked on, and is rather unnecessary as the book as a whole certainly has an anti-war message.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Haywood on 14 May 2003
Format: Paperback
Ender's Game is an extremely well written book who's concept is that all the extremely intelligent children on Earth are being raised to fight a war against an enemy that tried to wipe out human life on Earth. My own experiences and that of others who've read this book shows the author has a great understanding of what it is like to be an intelligent child. The plot of the story plays with this understanding to perfection as Ender is moulded by the Battle School to be a perfect military genius.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tweedledum on 10 Jan. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I am only 20+ years behind the times in discovering Ender's Game and read a lot of reviews before sitting down to read. I was interested to see how reviewers very much fell into 2 camps...love it or loathe it and wondered which way I would go.

Well... I loved it..... Ender is a great child hero, brave, gutsy, wise beyond his years. The story raced along and, though perhaps I should have been able to predict the ending, I found that the narrative just kept me so caught up in the story that I never paused to analyse anything. I am looking forward to seeing the DVD . Scott Card I know was heavily influenced by Tolkien and I think this shows in the careful construction of the narrative and the depth of plot. Ender himself reminds me a little of Charles Wallace from the Time Quartet stories though of course he does not have the strong family support but his precocity and sureness in himself are similar. Scott Card refrains too from too much detail letting the reader fill in the gaps for themselves.
i think that the book works on lots of levels, as a straight story, as a sci fi saga challenging our ideas of what it must be like, for example to live in zero gravity, but also as a social commentary. What if society or a section of society decided to experiment with children's minds and government colluded with this.... Or is this already happening in the rapid expansion of the video gaming world.?

I am a fan of Hunger Games, which seems like a direct descendent of Ender's Game, in the way it forces the reader to think about the morality and ethics of seeking out children to fight adult's battles or to go along with a hidden political agenda. This scourge is, afterall not in the realm of fantasy but continues to be a strategy of too many adults who, lacking enough adults to fuel their twisted ambitions turn to those they can more easily manipulate.
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