Friday, November 11, 2005

Ender's Game


Author: Orson Scott Card

Category: Fantasy/ Science Fiction

Summary: Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

3 Comments:

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Bryon Wells said...

Ender's game is an excellent choice. I enjoyed reading it, and in fact it was the only alis novel that I didn't have to force my self to read. The book is very famous and accordingly there is a plethora of information available from research sources. The only controversial material that one might worry about is some violence (millions die) but it is not bad for anyone who has watched a few James Bond movies.
*/ Shaken, not Stirred /*

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger npoleondnamiteismyhero said...

elogan

Ender’s Game was so awesome because it was really easy to sympathize with the main character. Definitely read this book if you like space travel, antigravity rooms and alien battles, or also if you like characters that have to struggle with more than the main conflict in the book. Ender has the world against but he is being trained to be the military leader that saves the world from the aliens. With everyone against him, you can’t help celebrating his success, being angry at the people he is angry at, and crying when he has been hurt or being too hard on himself. Ender is an amazing character in a wonderful story that demonstrates the true meaning of loyalty and friendship. The book has a couple of stories playing out within it. Of course there is the story of Ender, and most chapters are started with two unknown speakers talking about how Ender is progressing into his role as a leader. There is also the story of Ender’s siblings, Valentine and Peter. They tie up really well at the end, and the novel finishes with a bang, and leaves the reader hungry for the next book. The personalities of the characters are similar to those you would encounter today, but they are also super-genius children so there are some parts where they demonstrate very advanced thinking. A lot of the characteristics I wish I had are in Ender, so it was very fun to read about it.
The research for this novel was not plentiful by any means, but there are some criticisms online. It is difficult to find actual criticisms for any book, and even more difficult to cite them. Ender’s Game has some on Galenet, and there were also some out our library but it will take a lot of time. It is fairly easy to work it into the essay, once you have it. Make sure you find it early.
Connecting this novel with other novels was extremely easy. There are so many themes and motifs in this book that it would be unlikely that there would be problems with connections. The theme I chose to write about was how people run away from problems instead of confronting them. Another is that leaders can rise from unlikely places. Motifs were discrimination, young age, outside threats, and total destruction.
There aren’t very many controversial issues in Ender’s Game. There are a few detailed descriptions of fights and a section describing animal torture. There is also discrimination towards females and against children who were a third child in their family (uncommon for the time).

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger npoleondnamiteismyhero said...

elogan

*this is the science fiction genre*

 

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