Ender's game

Paperback, 324 pages

English language

Published Sept. 6, 2002 by Starscape.

ISBN:
9780765342294
OCLC Number:
749003376

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4 stars (40 reviews)

Once Again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a front assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who?

Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. In simulated war games he excels. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game.

Right? (back cover)

7 editions

Review of "Ender's Game" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Difícil. É uma obra prima! Único. Um retrato do fim da infância. Uma reflexão sobre brutalização e o papel da linguagem.

Mas é machista e homofóbico.

Mas não mostra o quanto incomum são seus personagens pois não se relacionam com outros personagens comuns.

Mas não mostra o que há de certo ou errado na genética dos irmãos Wiggin.

Em suma, não é perfeito. Talvez não fosse em 85 e com certeza não é agora.

Mas é singular.

Review of "Ender's Game" on 'Goodreads'

1 star

I finished reading this today. I planned on dropping it about 30% of the way through. A couple days ago I was really inebriated, and Ender's Game was about all I could read in that state, so I ended up finishing it after all.
I don't enjoy reading about a character who never loses. All the grief and trauma Ender goes through seems to only be written for his accomplishments to be even more impressive. The writing is so self-indulgent and gratuitious that I almost feel bad for making fun of it. If I was a bullied little kid, this book would probably mean a lot to me.

Review of "Ender's Game" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Anyone who was ever treated as the "smart kid" and likes sci-fi would have a hard time resisting this book, I think. It kept me up late, which is not a habit for me. At times a got suspicious that the whole story would be a tribute to child militarism justified by a faceless evil enemy, but this aspect of the story remains ambiguous enough that I may indulge in the sequel also.

Review of "Ender's Game" on 'Storygraph'

1 star

This was one of those books that everyone was reading, when I was in high school. Based on the high volume of reviews, it seems like it still is. I read it, at the time, because of the glowing recommendations from a number of people whose opinions I valued.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why this book is so popular.

The characters are wooden in their portrayal, and some of the most implausibly written children I've ever read. The pacing is awful, rushing through sequences. It's as if Card's written a timeline checklist, and is trying to get through each point as quickly as possible. Which would explain why every instance of characterization is so damn heavy-handed.

Worst is the fact that Card's Mormonism is a driving factor to the plot. A different planet for each religion? Pro-militaristic dogma? Overt homophobia? Even when I was 15 and …

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Subjects

  • Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
  • Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
  • Genetic engineering -- Fiction.
  • War games -- Fiction.
  • Wiggin, Peter (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.