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Bookworm: Go on an adventure with 'Ender's Game'

By Kathleen Duncan
July 3, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.


I have handed many a copy of "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card to people and insisted they give it a try.

If you are adventurous enough to crack open its pages, you won't regret it. I have yet to meet someone who was not completely engrossed by Card's universe of child geniuses at the Battle School.

I often find that the reluctance to read stems from it being a science fiction, or "Sci-Fi," book. Those who don't love war and alien battle type books tend to shrug, put it down unopened or hesitate to even consider it. But "Ender's Game" is not about war and aliens - that's just the environment that the story occurs in.

"Ender's Game" is really about growing up and dealing with family, friends and society while also being trained for an impossible situation.

In a future where children are bred to be geniuses, only some are drafted for the military training program. Earth is in an ongoing battle with aliens and needs to defeat them before the human race is wiped out for good.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is chosen, and his unique abilities make him a quick learner at the Battle School. Like any young child in a new school, he has his close friends, rivals and bouts of doubt and loneliness. There is constant pressure to be the best, and each battle that the children play in zero gravity is taken extremely seriously.

Ender and his friends are incredibly intelligent, strong characters - so much so that it is hard to remember that they are children at certain points in the story. They are dealing with incredibly tough scenarios every day in preparation to be the Earth's only hope to end the war.

It is a powerful coming-of-age story set in incredible circumstances. A must read for all ages - from 12-year-olds to 100-year-olds - it is timeless in its plot, message and the emotional resonance of the characters.

"Ender's Game" begins when time is already running out, but Ender may be the hope the Earth needs. And so from the first page, we cannot help but be stuck fast to Ender's side until the very end - whatever that may be.

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