Choosing which book is your favorite must be a hard decision when you have a library of books to choose from. Polls and booklists go out every year to decide upon which books are the most looked for and are a must read.
Every year NPR, a media organization, hosts a Best YA (Young Adult) Fiction poll for their annual summer reading list. Books like Catcher In The Rye, Delirium, Fahrenheit 451, The Hunger Games, and, yours truly, Ender’s Game have been among the candidates for the list in past years. However, recently NPR announced that their judges are going to drop novels that are “too mature” or just not favored by the audience.
Among these dropped novels are Pride & Prejudice, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and sadly, Ender’s Game. Pride & Prejudice was dropped because of lack of favor. Though, Ender’s Game fell under the “too mature” block. This is what they have to say about it,
Though the language was relatively simple, the themes were entirely adult. The judges cut Ender’s Game for the same reason — Ender himself is young, but the book’s violence isn’t appropriate for young readers.
I might add that last year Ender’s Game placed third in the top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy booklist. Also, the story plot for Ender’s Game runs similar to some books that have made the cut on NPR’s list (
The Hunger Games). But apparently NPR has deemed Ender’s Game inappropriate for this years readers.
How do you feel about this decision? Should young readers check out Ender’s Game? Let us know in the comments.
NPR has their poll on going, so if you would like to vote for the titles that made the cut click here.