Hey’all BookNerds! This review has been a long time coming. I had read the book over 6 months and had written many half reviews but they had all gotten lost when my computer hard drive crashed. I had seen the movie in the cinema and loved it, to all the cinema critics out there who hated it, it was badly done but I loved it. I’m just waiting now to buy it on DVD.
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
I absolutely adored this book. I loved Ender, the strategist. Valentine, the brains and I really feel sorry for their sociopath brother Peter, he was really good at heart and he really did love Ender. I also love the writing style where it switches between Ender’s thoughts and Colonel Graff who’s watching him. I love the games they play and the battle room where they fight. I loved it when they took the mickey out of Bernard, when Ender hacked into Bernard’s tablet. I also liked Petra, I always thought that Petra and Ender would end up together but I found out in the prequel she married Bean (What!!!)
My fave quote:
“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.”
Thank you for reading!
And cover your butt because Bernard is watching.