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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but I had many issues with it, 18 July 2013
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This review is from: Ender's Game (Ender Saga) (Paperback)
I really loved both the world that the book is set in and the plot, but there were a number of smaller things that really annoyed me.
Firstly Ender's young age made him very hard to empathise with, even if he is amazingly mature. He ages from 6 to 12 throughout the novel.
Secondly, and much worse, was the sexism that came up a number of times. Girls were deemed to have much weaker commanding skills so few were accepted to the battle school and they were also branded as having a too mild temperament. There were so few female characters that the issue didn't come up much, but it was very unpleasant and ruined my enjoyment of the book where it did. Similarly, there were small amounts of racism throughout.
The lack of romance was actually very refreshing for a YA novel, although I guess that is linked in with the young age of the characters.
This review has been primarily negative, because those were the aspects that stood out to me, but overall it was a good book, and I shall definitely be reading the sequels.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2013 05:05:25 BDT
I'm curious: why would you want to continue reading a book that contains, by your own admission, sexist themes, and racist undertones? That is without adding the author's avowed disgust at homosexuality (believing that it is caused by rape at a young age), his support of American 'pray-away-gay' institutions, all of which led to his not so subtle naming of the enemy as 'buggers'. Though it might, ironically, explain the pre-occupation with showering in the text. Not to keen on the Russian's either, I'd guess.

I'm not sure that anyone different to the author, in this worryingly popular tome, has escaped his bigotry. How do the disabled manage? The Muslims?

Now I'm curious because, for me, this type of bigotry, in any consumable media, has me tuning out the moment I notice it - TV switched off, book is closed, music is skipped. I don't want to line their pockets to enable them to preach their ideas more loudly, nor do I want to endorse such views with my time and money.

If you've noticed it enough to criticise it, why would you buy/rent the next chapter and, ultimately, further support those views that are so divisive, and improper, even to yourself? How can a book contain such hugely problematic issues and still be a good book (barring, of course, texts not written recently)?
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