Ender’s Game. By Orson Scott Card. (1994). Tor Science Fiction. ISBN-10: 0812550706.

Plot Summary

Ender Wiggins is taken from his home in order to be trained at the Battle School, a training ground for genius children, in space, where he quickly rises to the top in command. But tensions are high in the school, and Ender fears that all the while, he is moving towards a path of destruction. Ender’s Game is about control, youth, love, and war.

Critical Evaluation

A bit like Lord of the Flies in space, Ender’s Game explores power struggles when children are given military rank, and real consequences for a society which puts warfare into the hands of children.

Card’s writing ability is such that readers will find themselves tethered to Ender, as well as to those he loves, and those he hates. Ender is a lonely outcast with immense mind-power, and a heavy conscience, something which is often missing from action-adventure, horror, and some science fiction stories.

Not only does the novel take place in a fantastical setting, engage the reader with the characters’ dilemmas, and offer a glimpse into the future of modern warfare, but it comments on the ethics of warfare and our role as individuals, in it.
Reader’s Annotation
Ender Wiggin was born to save the world. First though, he must make his way through lonely battle school, while Earth is at war with a race of beings known as “The Buggers.”
About the Author

Besides The Ender Saga and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry (An Open Book), and many plays and scripts.

Card was born in Washington 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 teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.

Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.

Retrieved December 13th, 2010 from http://www.hatrack.com/osc/about.shtml.

-Science Fiction
Curriculum Ties


Booktalking Ideas

-What do you think of Child Prodigys being Child Warriors…in space? What about computerized warfare?

Reading Level/Interest Age

Ages 12+
Challenge Issues

Ender’s Game was challenged, as Card explains, for no reason other than his being a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. The book was listed on a suggested banned book list, citing “profanity,” and “sexuality,” neither of which is included in the book.

Another incident included the book being banned because it includes a racist word in a scene where Ender makes a point to a racist character. The publishers have since removed the word from the title, but Card has stated that he still experiences trouble with censorship now and again because he is Mormon, even though Card states that his books are never used to preach any religion or advance any political agenda.

Retrieved December 13th, 2010 from http://www.hatrack.com/research/questions/q0122.shtml.
Why Did You Include This Book?

Ender’s Game is the winner of both a Hugo and Nebula Award, and is on the reading list of the U.S. Marine Corps.


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