If I could figure out how to do star ratings, I’d be giving Enders Game 4 out of 5 of them. I truly adored this book.
I read this book over the summer, and wrote a review on Goodreads, But I figured since the movie is out I have leave to post something about it again.
What I adored about this book is hard to explain, because its more of the mythos of the book than anything in particular. The story line was crisp, there was a clear progression of events and yet the end was wholly unexpected. The end result of the book I knew was coming, but how it came about was shocking to me.
For those of you who have yet to read Enders Game, and I suggest you do, it is about a young boy named Ender who is drafted into military school at roughly the age of six along with a multitude of others and graduates in an extremely short period of time after beasting in the schools ‘lazer tag’ war games in a zero-g room. He then goes and essentially takes private lessons from one of the greatest war heros of their age and ultimately defeats the enemy.
What the military, Enders siblings, his parents do to him is essentially child abuse of all kinds – emotional, physical, mental. That child is broken and rebuilt several times over the course of the book but to the society that Orson Scott Card has written, this sort of situation is normal and expected.
It’s a fascinating world to be sure, and I haven’t even touched on Enders siblings and their take over of Earth society via news and opinion pieces on the net. Peter is a sadistic little shit who wants to take over the world essentially and he drags his sister Valentine into the plot, while Ender is in space learning how to be a soldier and ultimately destroyer of an entire species.
Now, as to OSC and his own weird little bubble of reality, I tend to ignore the author when I’m reading a book. I don’t enjoy or agree with OSC’s politics or theological point of view, but I cannot deny that in Enders Game, he wrote a beautiful story and thrilling epic. If I could take just Enders Game and remove OSC from the equation I’d be a happier person, but I can’t, so I ignore the author. Which honestly, seems the safest bet.
As to the movie, I haven’t seen it yet. But my brother did. And he said he’d probably give the movie a 4 out of 5, because the cinematography and acting were great, but they cut out a lot of the Peter and Valentine take over the world bits. Bits I really liked! But this is Hollywood after all, and they can’t make a book into a movie with out ruining some small part of it.
That said, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to see the movie, I’m hoping I’ll get to see it soon, so until then I remain a true lover of Enders Game. Not so much of the books that followed (they’re a bit preachy for me) but I hold Enders Game in a spot of honor in my heart.