Series: Ender’s Saga Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 384 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 57 minutes
First Published: 1985
In a future where humanity is at war with an alien enemy determined to destroy life on Earth, Ender Wiggin is a third child in a family of extraordinarily gifted children. Sent off to battle school at only six years of age, Ender – with his perfect mix of compassion and ruthlessness – is forced to become the military genius humanity so desperately needs.
Ender’s Game is probably the book I’ve reread more than any other. No matter how many times I read it, its fast-paced science fiction narrative hooks me every time. But it’s the deeper themes that keep me coming back with thought-provoking messages on ethics, leadership, and compassion.
Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final 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. He excels in simulated war games. 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. Isn’t it?
Quotes from Ender’s Game
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.
I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly – I’ll beat you unfairly first.
Remember, the enemy’s gate is down.
Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.
Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.
Movie Trailer for Ender’s Game (2013)
About Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card is the author of the bestselling Ender Wiggin novels, including Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. He also writes contemporary fantasy, biblical novels and even poetry and plays. He is currently a professor at Southern Virginia University and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.