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Earth Afire: The First Formic War, Book 2

Earth Afire: The First Formic War, Book 2


Earth Afire: The First Formic War, Book 2

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Dirilis:
Jun 4, 2013
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9781427230973
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One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War.

Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Dirilis:
Jun 4, 2013
ISBN:
9781427230973
Format:
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Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Saga, which chronicles the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, which follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and is set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, which tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers." Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977--the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University. He is the author many science fiction and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), and stand-alone novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's work also includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card. He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.


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  • (5/5)
    Very good story. I listened to the audiobook and the only negative thing I could say about the audio version is that there are to many different narrators. Otherwise this is a great story, great layout, has good surprises, everything is a recommend. In my top 5 of my all time favorites.
  • (4/5)
    This book does so many things, its hard to say its just a sci fi boys adventure. Its also a look into the mind of the turmoil of warfare, and its effect on our minds. Only complaint is that Ender is just BETTER than everyone else... kinda makes its seem like personal drive is secondary to natural ability. Still a great book. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • (4/5)
    When Ender Wiggin is 6 years old, he's taken from his home and his beloved sister Valentine to begin training in Battle School. Ender is the best hope the Earth has of eradicating the mysterious buggers who nearly wiped out the human race. His instructors push him beyond his limits in hopes of speeding along the process. He finds himself isolated again and again and treated increasingly unfairly. How far can Ender be pushed?I loved this book. The plot is amazing and keeps readers absorbed from the beginning. Card does a great job of complicating his characters as the story progresses. Every time you think you know a character, they do something unexpected. The dialogue is fantastic. It opens up a great conversation about how technology affects our society. It's a really long book and probably best suited for 7th grade up.
  • (4/5)
    I really don't know whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars. The ending is what makes me want to bump it up to 5 stars; I didn't really see it coming. But the general feeling the book gave me while reading makes me want to bring it down to 4. I guess that's what you get with dystopian fiction though; they're not exactly supposed to be feel-good stories! But I rate books on how I feel about them personally, not on how well-executed a book it might be. So I give it 4.5 stars (when will Goodreads implement half stars?!!).

    I loved the concept of leaving home and going off to a school for gifted children in space; although, I didn't feel like I could really identify with many of the students. They were mostly cold-hearted, and there were hardly any female students. Plus, I'm so not into military strategies and tactics, but there was enough heart in the book to keep me interested. A good portion of the book reminded me of futuristic quidditch turned laser tag. Battle School really is kind of similar to Hogwarts in that way - different armies (houses) named after animals who play against each other while all away at the same school.

    Ender is a great character; I love that he never got conceited or lost his love for his sister and compassion for others after all he had been through.

    I can't decide if I want to read the rest of the series. The book was definitely good enough as is.

    I loved the introduction by the author in this edition; the highlights: discussion on our ageist society and also about how he wrote this book to be accessible to everyone; you don't need a degree in literary analysis to get something from the book.
  • (3/5)
    I can see why making the movie version of this book has taken so much time..there is no way it gets made pre- Hunger Games' success.
  • (5/5)
    I think everyone should be required to read Ender's Game. This book was exciting, action packed, heartbreaking, funny, and everything that one could possibly ask for in a story.
    I tried to compose a review that would capture the essence of this story, but I was unable to do it.
    I will say this. Ender Wiggin is cunning. He’s a killer, but only in self defense. He can command an entire fleet of starships and any army would follow him to the ends of the earth because they hold him in a higher honor and esteem than anyone else. He’s a genius. He’s calm and collect and always completely in control of himself and others, even if those individuals don’t realize it. Ender is six years old when he’s selected to attend battle school for all the previously mentioned reasons. By the time he’s eleven years old, he must fight and destroy an entire race of alien beings. Ender bears the weight of the world and the fate of humanity on his shoulders. Ender Wiggin is my hero.
  • (5/5)
    This book was utterly captivating and kept me reading eagerly until I was done. I thought it had a nice blend of character development, hard science fiction, and military realism. It was so easy for me to imagine the characters, the settings, the action that I nearly forgot how much I completely disagree with the writer's personal politics, religious beliefs, and general outlook on the human condition. I do look forward to reading more of his books, at least in the Ender series. I also look forward to seeing the upcoming film based on this book.
  • (5/5)
    The first time I read this book I was maybe 14 and loved it. After reading it again at 25 I still love it. I have finally broken down and bought the first 4 books of the series, and instead of reviewing them as has been done hundreds of times before me, by people who are exceptionally more talented than I, I will just say that this books still remains as one of my all time favorites.

    Also it should be labeled as a gateway drug, for after reading this it will surely force you to read anything that Orson Scott Card has ever published. And you would be right to do so.
  • (5/5)
    I was warned Ender's Game would mess with my mind. Obviously, I didn't take these warnings to heart, since I got within the last thirty pages and started flailing with realisation. The end is a nice twist. If you go through the story complacently, if you identify with Ender and see things the way he does, it comes out of completely nowhere. But it also makes sense and works and is good, and I don't think I've read a better ending for a book in quite a while.

    Ender, as a character, is pretty likeable despite his darker side. I loved the fact that his brother and sister had such an effect on him, and I loved that he and Valentine ended up in the same place again in the end. The last chapter feels quite rushed, but it does show us Ender growing up and changing, and presumably bridges to other books in the series. I don't know whether I want to read more right now, but I'll definitely pick the other books up if I see them on the shelves.

    Other characters, such as Bean and Petra and Alai, were quite in the background, but I kind of wanted to know more about them, too.

    One of my friends credits this book with changing his life. I wouldn't say it's been a life-changer for me, but it's very good sci-fi and very interesting and you could also have moral debates about a lot of it. Good book for discussion, I think.
  • (1/5)
    It's always strange to me when I'm so out of step with the majority opinion on a book that's so popular. I just didn't think it was a very good book, in any way. I didn't hate it, it was more like one of those non-events that I don't understand how anyone could have strong feelings about.

    I read this years ago, so I can't remember all the details, and there's no way in hell I'm going to go back to it. I thought it was really simplistic, boring, didn't make a lot of sense at times, the characters were flat and one dimensional, and didn't seem to have much of a point. When I finished it I thought "was that it?".

    It's too bad that there are so many people here saying "I guess I just don't like sci-fi". Making that opinion based on this book is like hearing Kenny G and saying "I guess I don't like jazz".

    I wouldn't normally give 1 star since I didn't totally hate it, but there wasn't really a single thing I liked about it either. I can't think of any reason to give it more.
  • (3/5)
    recently re-read this book after a good 20 years. (long time ago on analog magazine) my son wanted to discuss it so i made myself go through the book one more time. i can say this, it didn't get better with age. my trouble with the book comes mostly from the poor science and contrived interactions. card is a good writer, just not my kind of good writer. i would recommend a story published around the same time, 'songbird', as a better platform for card's skills.

    don't condemn me for how i feel.
  • (5/5)
    narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison.
    Audio Renaissance put this unabridged narration out for the 20th anniversary of the book. It's very well done, and the afterword by Card is fascinating. The book itself is so gripping and well-written that it doesn't matter that one knows the punchline after the first reading.
  • (4/5)
    While many parts of this book may be viewed as if for younger generation, I felt that Ender tapped into my emotions in a way that children would not comprehend. While the specific topics discussed were out of my interest zones, the plot kept me enticed. This book is quite the page turned though details of battles were often above my head.

    On the contrary, I was not a huge fan of the last chapter. It confused me as it deviated from the normal logical sequence of the book. I felt that it was rushed and a bit forced. I would have been fine if the bookended a chapter sooner, leaving many questions but also a sense of completion and full circle.
  • (4/5)
    The second time around I found Ender's Game to be equally as good as the first time, but less enchanting. I saw the foreshadowing, philosophy, and imperfections more and found myself immersed a little less. I am glad to have picked it up again with an eye to see the scaffolding behind the story.
  • (4/5)
    I like everything about this book, except perhaps the ending. And I can't even say that I particularly disliked the ending; it just made my soul ache with remorse and regret - for Ender, for humanity, for the buggers.

    Ender is six years old when we meet him. He is the third son of the Wiggins and a child genius. Not surprising, consider both of his older siblings are both child prodigies, but with vastly different temperaments. The Wiggins were allowed to have a third child as part of an experiment; an effort to create the best of both of the other siblings and something to could be molded into a perfect military savior.

    The world is desperate. Humanity was nearly exterminated by the First Invasion of the buggers. The only reason the Second Invasion failed was do to the quick thinking of one man who realized the essence of bugger strategy and communication. Once he realized the fundamental differences between humans and buggers, his single squadron was able to take down the entire Second Invasion.

    But little Ender does not know of the dire peril to the world. His concerns involve school yard bullies, psychotic older brothers and the stigma of being a "Third" child in a two child only society.

    The military places Ender in Battle School, where he is trained, isolated and pushed to and beyond breaking. He lives up to his potential and is transferred to Command School two or four years early (I can't remember which - sorry my memory is faulty today). In Command School, he learns the art of fleet command and is goaded by a nemesis-like teacher - an old man who just happens to be the one who stopped with Second Invasion seventy years earlier.

    Ender and his commanders (from Battle School) fight battle after battle against the buggers in a simulator, ultimately culminating in his "final examination" when his fleet reaches the bugger home world. Facing odds wherein his fleet is outnumber a thousand to one, Ender makes the decision to destroy the bugger home world with a nuclear device that causes a chain reaction from the planet to the enemy fleet. Unknown to Ender and his squad commanders at the Command School, the simulator was actually a real time connection to the human fleet enroute and in orbit around the bugger home planet. The buggers are completely annihilated - xenocide.

    So, Ender made the choice that saved humanity. But at a huge cost to himself.

    Back on Earth, his siblings have been busy (for years) stirring up trouble and gaining political clout via pseudonyms in cyberspace. Peter, Ender's older brother, is poised to become a world leader. Valentine, Ender's sister, wants to escape her brother and also save Ender, so she manages to convince Peter to let Ender be the governor of the first human colony sent out from Earth to occupy one of the former bugger worlds. He agrees, after some convincing by Valentine.

    Ender eventually discovers that the nightmares he used to experience back at Battle School and Command School were actually attempts by the buggers to communicate with him, or at least learn enough about Ender to leave him a message. He reads the message and discovers a package left behind for him - the larvae of a bugger queen. The message included the apology from the buggers for they were aghast at what they had done, once they discovered that humans were not a hive, but each individual was a unique being, completely separate from the host consciousness. The buggers communicate mind-to-mind instantaneously across even the vastness of space. They had no vocal cords and no communication equipment aboard their ships. No way to contact or communicate with the humans to discover that they were much more alike than they were different.

    Ender writes the buggers' history and publishes under the name "Speaker of the Dead" and makes it his life mission to find a world where he can deposit the larvae and resurrect the species he was instrumental in destroying.

    As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I loved all of this story. It was fast paced and easy to identify with Ender. Or at least easy for me as a former gifted child myself. For the most part, speaking for myself, I don't remember being or thinking like a child. For as long as I can remember I have thought as I do now. So it wasn't unbelievable to me that Ender would think and act the way he did and respond to the situations he was placed in as he did.

    The ending just left me feeling extremely sad for all the characters in this story. I shouldn't be shocked, though, as all conflict could be avoided with open and honest communication. The level of sacrifice evidence in Ender's story illustrates the pointlessness of our endeavors when communication is not possible.
  • (5/5)
    One of my favorite YA novels.
  • (5/5)
    Ender Wiggins is a child, bred and painstakingly trained to be a military genius in a future Earth where humankind is threatened by an alien species with whom we can't communicate.

    Winner of the Nebula and Hugo awards. A very creative and thought-provoking book. (My son recently re-read the book and it's one I've always meant to read so finally got around to it).

    NC tidbit- part of the story takes place in Greensboro, NC - Orson Scott Cards home for close to 30 years now.
  • (5/5)
    Don't normally list books I'm rereading, but it's been several years since I picked up Ender's Game. It's fun to read Card's early style with a fresh eye, especially because I really admire him as a stylist.

    Having reread it, I can still say that I love this book.... The style is at times not as polished as Card's later work (point-of-view changes within the same scene which are useful but off-putting), but in parts it just shines. I love how the plot starts small and becomes epic by the end; it's as if the world becomes bigger as Ender grows up.

    The last line is probably one of my favorite lines of any book - up there with One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's absolutely the right line to end on, and you can tell Card knows it and feels a bit smug about it. :)
  • (5/5)
    Man, this might set me off on string of military sci-fi books. I don't know why I've never really read any before now, but if they're anything like Ender's Game then I've got a whole new genre to feed from.

    Setting out I knew this was classic, which usually ruins the book as my expectations end up being too high. I was quite surprised at how the simple-seeming story slowly unfolded into something far more complex and engaging. There's a great cast of characters here that I ended up caring about... even Peter.

    I listened to the 20th Anniversary Audio version off of Audible, I gotta mention that its top notch. There's 5-6 different readers playing out the different characters and they're all well acted. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic Book! IMO it's best as Foundation Trilogy but fast pace, more action,stronger character. Although it has some violence scene for younger readers.Card portray all the strategy in every scene that Ender choose them is clearly and too easy to understand it.I love Ender, Bean, Valentine, Peter, Petra, Alai, Graff and Mazor Rackham, all of them have the strong character to hold the story very very excellent. Highly Recommended for everyone to love scifi or not.
  • (3/5)
    3.5 to 4 stars. This review took a while, because I needed some time to get my thoughts together. This one was definitely a tough one for me to rate. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, but at the same time I'm pretty sure I liked it more than I should. Not really sure if I'm making any sense at all.Perhaps it had to do with not knowing anything about this book before I picked it up, other than that it's widely popular and highly acclaimed...which was probably why I felt a little like the odd one out when I started reading and found that a lot about the book annoyed me. At times the writing and story felt really awkward and forced, like the author was trying too hard, with pretty much every point, symbol and device etc. spelled out for the reader as if they would not be savvy enough to pick it up for themselves. He is quite heavy-handed when it comes to the conveying of the book's ideas.It was then I started looking around and saw that this book is considered by many to be more appropriate for young adults. In some ways, that makes a lot more sense. In the end, I had to look at this book a whole different way in order to rate it fairly.Still, some parts of the book were better than others. The last 10%, for example, was so completely different to me than the rest of the novel that it almost felt like somebody else wrote it. It's almost as if Orson Scott Card had this amazing idea for this profound conclusion but had no clue how to tie it to the beginning, and so simply filled up the middle with a bunch of fights in battle rooms. Such shallow action is a stark contrast to the deeply thoughtful ending, which nonetheless I have to admit made up for my lukewarm reaction to everything else.
  • (4/5)
    Very good military recruit/training story. But much more than that at the end! As one of the readers Card describes in his introduction, I have placed myself inside his story, not as spectator, but as participant. The hero, Ender, has many qualities in common with anyone who grew up dealing with the consequences of being “above average” among his peers, a category I would guess most sci-fi fans are familiar with.
  • (4/5)
    A classic of the science fiction genre first published in 1977, which must have astonished back then and still feels reasonably topical today with it’s ideas of news nets, strategic video game simulations and personal I Pads. It is a rattling good story that could appeal to readers who do not usually read science-fiction as themes of childhood, friendship, ethics and love are mixed in with survival of the species, alien invasion and dystopia.It is a science fiction novel first and foremost, set in the future when humans, with difficulty have fought off two invasions from an insectile alien species and are preparing for the third invasion. A new breed of super intelligent children, have been bred to be trained as military commanders and Ender Wiggin is the last great hope before the anticipated invasion. The book describes his childhood with two elder siblings Peter and Valentine, who have not been selected to attend the elite military command school and then follows him through his training which starts when he is six years old, until he becomes a leader and fully trained commander at 15 and is ready to be pitted against the Buggers (the alien species). On one level it is the story of a boy in a man’s world who must prove himself worthy of the task, there are trials and tribulations with his fellow cadets as Ender must prove his qualities for leadership, he must deal with his feelings of isolation and loss of childhood as well as a paranoia that is all too well founded. He must survive in a brutal regime and be prepared to go to extreme lengths to protect himself and Card does an excellent job of making Ender a character worthy of our sympathy. There is a claustrophobic feel about much of Ender’s life in both the military school and at the command centre, which fits well with the themes and ideas within this novel. Two elements to the story stand out to set it apart from the more linear sci-fi adventure novel. The first and by far the most interesting is Ender’s own recreational video game, where he is in a world of his own imagination. His object is to get to the end of the game, but it becomes increasingly more personal and takes him to places where he must face his own fears. He becomes appalled by the sometimes violent solutions he has to employ to progress further in the game and Card skilfully interweaves these episodes with Enders more prosaic progress at the military school. It provides a sense of wonder that is essential to most science fiction and becomes an integral part of the story. The second element is the sub-plot of the fight for control of the Earth, which takes place while Ender is deep in space at the military school. Ender’s two super intelligent adolescent siblings launch themselves over the Internet as political commentators, in an uneasy alliance that is kept secret by the adoption of sock puppet identities. Demosthenes is the name chosen by Valentine for his powers as an orator and political analyst who was active in Athens in the 5th century BC. He agitated to stimulate his fellow Athenians against a threat of invasion from the Macedonians. Locke his protagonist is more complicated, originally I thought he was representing the English 17th century enlightenment thinker; John Locke who has been characterised as the father of English liberalism, who believed that human nature was more inclined to reason and tolerance, however I am more inclined to believe that Card was thinking more of Edwin A Locke the American psychologist famous for his goal setting theory and an advocate of global capitalism and a follower of Ayn Rand. This element of the novel is not so well developed and while it does not add too much to the main thrust of the story, it does prove to be an interesting side show.While reading I was asking myself whether the book could be considered a literary novel, does is cross over from its pre-eminent place in the science fiction “Hall of Fame”. The short answer is no. While it does deal with interesting themes, has some good characterisation and is both imaginative and inventive, it does not fulfil other essential criteria for a literary novel. Orson Scott Card’s writing is perfectly adequate; it flows well and is very readable, but there is nothing to lift it out of the ordinary; no language usage, brilliant phrases or use of metaphors that can define a unique writing style. The thoughts behind the themes are pretty one dimensional and rarely rise above the popular homespun American talking points that you might find in your average Star Trek episode. It is basically a plot driven story albeit an interesting and imaginative one. Great science fiction, which has made the best seller lists.This well crafted book is aimed fairly and squarely at the popular market and so I was not too surprised with its militaristic, capitalist right wing stance, which is no worse than much of the pulp fiction on the market today. If you are not too disturbed by this aspect, which is not intrusive, then an exciting and at times thoughtful science fiction novel, is waiting there for you to read. Classic science fiction indeed and I will be on board to read Speaker for the Dead, which is the next book in the series. A four star read. .
  • (4/5)
    This was a fantastic book. It was engaging and hard to put down. The characters are memorable and the plot is original. Everybody will love Ender. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I feel that the book and the characters alike are just too cruel to Ender. Imagine he started Battle School when he was only 6 years old. He also had several assassination attempts! I just felt sorry for him. He's so young but he wasn't able to enjoy his youth. Maybe if he was a little older then I would have felt better.
  • (4/5)
    "Ender's Game" was published in 1985, and I particularly enjoyed the use of electronic “desks” which are pretty much the iPads of today. “The Hunger Games,” apparently, isn’t the first novel to feature children as main characters in a story about a society that uses children in brutal ways. Ender is asked to play war-like games in something called the Battleroom in preparation for a true war. He’s a pawn in a much bigger game, all the while he is trying to maintain a sense of who he is with talents that no one else has. If you could combine Katniss with Peeta, you would have Ender.
  • (4/5)
    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. 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 the world survives, that is.
  • (4/5)
    This is the story of a child genius who's being trained as a military commander to fight off an alien species that poses an existential threat to the human race. The people in power have been trying for a long time to produce *the* leader they need, someone with a tricky balance of abilities, and they're willing to do whatever it takes to make sure Ender becomes who he has to be. This often means that he's isolated and not allowed to form friendships with the other students, or just generally made miserable, which made the middle of the book rather bleak reading. I loved the beginning, though, with its theme that I generally enjoy: a child with exceptional abilities goes to what's essentially a boarding school, struggles against adversity, and ultimately succeeds by virtue of being awesome. Toward the end I started to have doubts about whether the various unexplained aspects of the book would come together into a satisfactory whole, but it actually did work in the end, and I came away from the book very satisfied. I don't even know if I'll read the sequel, just because the ending already works so well. This wasn't always a pleasant read, but I'm ultimately very glad that I did read it, and would recommend it to others.
  • (4/5)
    In the past year I have managed to read Ender’s Game twice. I absolute loved it. It is the story of the childhood (if you can call it that) of Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggen. He is a third child in a society where one child in a family is the norm. He is sent to a special school when he is six. A battle school.In battle school Ender is the youngest and smallest in the newest class. But he quickly shows that he can overcome any obstacle and is soon transferred to a higher class and begins to fight in the games which they have against the other teams. He also plays games which have battle scenarios on his desk. All of this goes on for awhile with Ender becoming more and more isolated not only because he is younger than most of the other children he fights with. After a couple of years he is given his own command and leads them to victory almost every single battle, even when there are unfair odds.Eventually, he graduates and is offered to train at officer school. It is at this point he decides he doesn’t want to be a soldier anymore. Valentine (his sister) is enlisted to help change his mind. She was the only one who he ever cared enough about. Somehow she manages to convince him to go.At officer school he trains and eventually is put through a rigorous test to see if he has what it takes to lead an army against the Buggers. (A different species from another planet that had attacked and killed Earth over fifty years before he was born.) Well, Ender passes the tests with flying colors, and in one of the simulations destroys their home planet. Unknown to him he was actually commanding squadrons which were facing the buggers first hand, making him a hero.I left out the whole subplot of Valentine and Peter (Ender’s brother) being very influential under pen names on Earth.Orson Scott Card is an amazing writer and having read two more in the Ender’s series and a couple of his other books I can say this with justification that I will be reading more of his books in the future. Even rereading some.
  • (5/5)
    Even though it took me six months to finish, I love this book. It was well written and kept me entertained. I never wanted to finish it. But, the ending was absolutely amazing. Definitely glad I did finish reading it.
  • (3/5)
    A blend of political science, and video game culture- the dystopian future in which child soldiers are trained in space for virtual reality wars with aliens --but the true enemy is within the human world.