Grade: Α — Great book, must read regardless of what Genres you enjoy. Makes you think of things beyond the scope of the book.
Ender’s Game is probably the best YA book I’ve ever read. Indeed, it creates the bar by which all other YA books should be measured: it is only YA because the protagonist is a young adult. It never condescends to its readers and never belittles the main character as being just a kid. It is a remarkably brutal and intense Science Fiction tale that is well worth reading what ever your age.
The mid-to-Far future where humanity is in a xenocidic war with a ruthless alien species. Interstellar transport exists, though at slower-than-light-speeds, but communications can be conducted Faster-than-light.
Why am I reviewing a well known and highly awarded book this week? I do it because Ender’s Game really is the benchmark by which any coming of age story should be measured. It follows the story of Ender Wiggins, a young man sent to Battle School to learn how to become a commander in a war for survival against an alien species. The school is cruel and brutal, but with a purpose: create the ultimate strategists for the ultimate war. Indeed, it is not the futuristic elements of this story that captivate, but rather the realism that grips the reader.
Unlike most stories about young men and women (include the illustrious and personally beloved Harry Potter series) Ender’s Game pulls no punches. It avoids all of the romanticized clichés that most stories about teens and preteens fall victim to. Instead, it portrays the cruel and often vicious interactions of kids with a stark realism. Yet, neither does it cop-out by being all about brutality. It shows the loyalty and deep bonding that is an equal part of young life.
This is a case of Science Fiction used to its best ends: the illustration human nature through the use of the fantastic. Ender’s Game examines the nature of young men and women and their ability to address the world in a more adult manner than they are usually allowed to. I truly loved this book, and only wish that more YA books would follow its lead. Indeed, I wish more books in general would do this.
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