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[ Ender's Game (Revised) (Ender Wiggin Saga (Hardcover)) [ ENDER'S GAME (REVISED) (ENDER WIGGIN SAGA (HARDCOVER)) ] By Card, Orson Scott ( Author )Aug-15-1991 Hardcover Hardcover – 15 Aug 1991


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tor Books (15 Aug 1991)
  • ASIN: B0062H3HAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,742,726 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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73 of 75 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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101 of 104 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trickle Tree VINE VOICE on 21 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
I am not in anyway a fan of science fiction genre but this book blew me away. I enjoyed the way that it is plot and character driven so the author's voice disappeared into the story and it wasn't full of self-conscious descriptions.

The book is about shaping a child to become a powerful leader and I felt it was written so that the reader too becomes a part of his adoring crowd. I enjoyed the battle games enormously and the way they had to detach themselves from their accustomed rules of gravity. I found myself so absorbed in Ender's World that I began to develop tactics myself on a shopping trip to the supermarket and planning the aisles I would go up and down to get to sections to avoid fellow shoppers. You had to be there.

I too was struck early on in the novel about its similarities to Harry Potter which I have never fancied reading but have seen clips of the films.

Anyway this book is plain and simple good old-fashioned escapism and has enough undercurrents to get your grey matter working applying the situations to current events. I also have recently read Slaughter House Five which is subtitled The Children's Crusade and I would recommend these books as a pairing. They aren't much alike but do throw up interesting thoughts.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cambridge Writer on 10 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
Ender's Game is a book that will speak directly to whoever reads it, for it is about loneliness and specialist expertise - two things that everyone is familiar with in their own lives, in one way or another.

Ender is a young prodigy space battle commander whose adventures through training school make up most of the book. Ender makes friends and enemies, and must deal with life in a world where no-one understands him, except his sister who he never sees because she is on Earth while he is training in space.

The book covers a lot of different topics, but principle among Card's many theses is that to beat an enemy one must understand them completely: one must - in a manner of speaking - love them. This is a powerful notion and one that is explored in detail, with a very emotionally resonant ending and surprise epilogue.

I particularly enjoyed the videogame which Ender returns to throughout the book, where he is exploring an alien planet and battling various nightmarish foes, solving puzzles, and put under extreme emotional strain. It reminded me of the kind of videogames we are beginning to see nowadays (such as Shadow of the Colossus) and I was amazed an author had come up with it so many years ago.

An emotional and intelligent book, for adults and children alike.
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