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Ender's Game (Ender Wiggin Saga) Mass Market Paperback – 18 Feb 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape Books; First Starscape Edition edition (18 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765342294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765342294
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (550 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,559,711 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 first book of Orson Scott Card's Ender saga - a series which has changed the face of science fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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106 of 111 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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76 of 80 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FallenGrace TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
So I always wanted to read this, Ender's Game is a fairly well known book in the sci-fi genre and having finally read it, i'm not going to lie, I am pretty disappointed with it as a whole.

The basic premise of the book is fine, it's essentially military science fiction (which is a sub genre i'm rather fond of) in which humanity is in conflict with an alien race called the buggers. Anticipating a third war with them, a battle school is set up where only the best and brightest children are taken to be trained in preperation.

Most of the book is spent following Ender Wiggins, a new recruit at the battle school and a lot of his training in zero gravity combat and fleet exercises. This aspect is excellent, the situations are fairly interesting and varied showing Ender's trials and progress, and the ending is quite clever which was a pleasant surprise.

However, too much of the book was preposterous. I know some incredibly smart children, I mean gifted. The things Ender does at the age he does just makes it utterly impossible to make almost the whole book even remotely believable. Suspending belief just wasn't an option. I could have believed a teenager accomplishing what he does but a child of 6? (He does age as the book goes on but not enough) is simply ridiculous.

The other characters are Ender's brother and sister who, despite being children are apparently able to completely manipulate world events which is hilariously awful and also felt pretty irrelevent to the rest of the book.

Lastly, near the end the book turns a grounded if completely unrealistic military sci-fi into a religious revelation which just made me roll my eyes at how daft and cringeworthy it was.
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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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