Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. You feel for Ender so deeply from the start to finish that when the book finishs you feel tears rise to the surface. I had heard of it read the short story and enjoyed so I brought the book. And I sat down and finished it in an hour and a bit. At the very end I walked over to my dad, put the book in his lap and said read this. He was similary astounded. Ender is an extraordinary intelligent young boy sent to the Battle School to train to be a commander. Isolated from the others through the machinations of Major Anderson and Graff, Ender becomes the ultimate commander, faced with harder and harder tests in an attempt to prove his worth. However he is not totally alone though he becomes so in the course of the book. Other children train, but none are so bright as Ender and none have his unique qualities, though they provide a nice background focus- especially Bean, Petra and Alai. The story of the tricks his mind plays on him, and the pyschological breakdown that occurs makes riveting reading. I literally could not drop the book for fear of missing the ultimate twist. I won't reveal what happens but it came as a shock. Meanwhile back on Earth, Ender's equally talented siblings Peter and Valentine publish precocious essays on the newsnets- which influence politics and the world. A brilliant book I read over and over again never getting tired of it. How can you get tired of something so painfully true and realistic?