Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My friend Jessica recommended this after looking at the science fiction books already on my shelf and finding it hard to believe I didn’t already have it. She was right – this is definitely the kind of sci-fi I love to read: fast, classic and fascinating. It’s impossible to stop following Ender on his journey from public school to fleet commander – the raging river of the plot never lets you come to shore. Even when you aren’t really convinced that this is the story of a six year old, or when the Peter and Valentine subplot is set up but never pays off, or when the ending is rushed just to setup a sequel … even then, the ride is fantastic.

 

Summary:

Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses – and then training them in the arts of war. The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of “games”. Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games. He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

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