- Pre-order Price Guarantee: order now and if the Amazon.co.uk price decreases between the time you place your order and the release date, you'll be charged the lowest price. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
Ender's Game (Ender Quintet) Hardcover – 17 Oct 2017
|New from||Used from|
Special offers and product promotions
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Praise for Ender's Game
"A harrowing look at the price we pay for trying to mold our posterity in our own aggressive image of what we believe is right."--The Christian Science Monitor
"A book with deep and complex sensibilities."--Houston Post
"A gripping tale of adventure in space and a scathing indictment of the militaristic mind."--Library Journal
"This is Card at the height of his very considerable power--a major SF novel by any reasonable standard."--Booklist
Praise for Ender's Game
-A harrowing look at the price we pay for trying to mold our posterity in our own aggressive image of what we believe is right.---The Christian Science Monitor
-A book with deep and complex sensibilities.---Houston Post
-A gripping tale of adventure in space and a scathing indictment of the militaristic mind.---Library Journal
-This is Card at the height of his very considerable power--a major SF novel by any reasonable standard.---Booklist
At Battle School, Fighting is Compulsory! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
The book follows the child Ender who is being groomed to become to the world saviour in a war against Earths enemy, the Buggers. The problem is Ender is only 6 at the beginning of the book.
This is a hard book to really love, I feel, as the themes in raise some really hard questions for me. Is it acceptable to treat a child like this? Is it acceptable to sacrifice one for the sake of the world? Is war really the answer? How violent should children be allowed to become without censorship?
If the main characters in the book were older then I wouldn't have any quarms with this book at all. The action was great and at a good pace. The story built up well and the end had a few twists and turns to keep me guessing and interested. Saying that the borderline child abuse in this book really didn't do anything for me other than upset me and make me question a humanity that could agree and carry out the treatment that Ender received.
If you can not question themes and plots and just enjoy the story then this is a good book. But if, like me, books get you to thinking about the worlds and societies within them, this one will have you shaking your head and wishing you were not part of the same human race.
Some of that sounds clichéd, but the way it is done, it is not. The ‘battle to save humanity as we know it’ aspect is the background that makes the story seem important, not the story itself. There is more than one surprise towards the end.
The author says in the preface that he has a post-graduate degree in literature and could have written in a ‘literary’ style with ‘themes’ if he wished. Instead, he uses language more simply as a means to get on with the story, not an end in itself, although there is an occasional memorable phrase e.g. ‘Ender’s anger was cold, so he could use it; Bozo’s anger was hot, so it used him.’
The name the American author gives in the book to the colony insect-like (or ‘bug-like’) aliens may cause British readers to blush; the word ‘Buggers’ evidently does not have the meaning in the USA that it does in Britain.
I understand there is a whole series of sequels, beginning with ‘Speaker for the Dead’ (which I tried but gave up on) but they are quite different kinds of story. Enders Game as a satisfying book by itself whether or not you read further.
But what it does have going for it is a lot - the characters, save for Peter and Valentine, come across as real individuals with complex motivations. The children don't come across *as* children, but that's okay since it seems to be a conscious decision to treat them that way and fits entirely into the whole concept of the book. The plot, which time has rendered cliche, is well constructed and expertly executed. The main themes of the book - for example, the role of duty and the burden of informed consent are explored with considerable finesse. The book is in some ways an extended allegory of the Nietzschen concept of the Ubermensch, but deconstructed and inverted. In Ender's game, the Ubermensch isn't a product of his own transcendence of moral and societal conventions, but a product of the explicit engineering of the context in which he lives. Thus, he is a mix of nature, nurture, and the power of social context. None would be as effective without the others. It also hearkens back to the 'Great Men' theory, and reconciles both the classical and modern interpretations - yes, only a truly great person can shape history, but they only become that way through the explicit building of competence by a society that needs them to function as a tool. No-one attains significance in a vacuum. The experiences of Ender have deep implications for those who want to muse on the story once they're finished reading it.
Like the best kind of 'young adult' literature, Ender's Game is literature first and 'young adult' second. It doesn't patronise the reader, and leaves the critical and important themes as subtext without feeling the need to grab anyone by the brain and yell 'These are the things about the book you should be finding important!'. It's very highly recommended, but the poorly executed ending robs it of a fifth star. Consider it a 4.5 star book.
It is a fascinating science fiction read, where the fate of the future is put in the hand of a super intelligent little boy. It is interesting the way you follow the main character- a little boy called Ender, through a few meagre years of military training in the form of games and sports while they groom him into their perfect weapon.
The ending, wow. I did not see that coming! Amazing book.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category