Review of: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

Reviewed by: Caleb

Who will defend the Earth?  In Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Buggers, a buglike alien species, have almost eradicated the human species twice.  The government starts training children for war, hoping to breed a new army.  Ender Wiggins is not an ordinary kid.  He’s a genius. When he almost kills a bully, a government agent shows up at his door, but he’s not there to arrest him.  The agent is there to tell Ender that he has been selected for battle school, which is in space.  There, kids  participate in battles in an anti-gravity chamber, with weapons that ‘freeze’ the opponent.  After a year or two of training, the kids join “armies” sort of like sports teams.  Ender is smart and is able to win all the games if he’s allowed to play, but he knows time is running out.  The Buggers could come back at any time.  Will he be able to beat these alien fiends?

This was a very exciting novel.  It had a lot of action because of all the battles that take place.  Also I like the theme – war hurts children.  I think it happens in any war.  If someone said the title of this book, spaceships would come to mind, because the real battles are with spaceships.  However, I didn’t like how along the story, Ender got tougher and a little more mean, like how he pushes his friends to perfection in command school.  I rate this book 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

I recommend this book to young adults 13 and up because this book has a little bloody violence and some mature words.  I also would recommend a parent approving someone to read this first.  Again, I would recommend Ender’s Game to young adults 13 and up.