This is a short, well, book review if you will. And it will contain my reasoning for recommending this book to everyone I know.
I picked up Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card on Monday, and finished it two days later. I’m now reading Speaker for the Dead, which has done everything but disappoint me thus far. The moment I picked up Ender’s Game, Card’s writing mesmerized me. I’d never enjoyed a Science Fiction novel as much as I enjoyed this one. The author’s way with words and amazing detail only added to the great, almost crazy plot line that he created. The idea is completely original, and the story has the ability to make you think. The ideas are so insane that they’re brilliant. The thing I enjoyed the most about this book, though, was the main character. Ender Wiggin.
I didn’t realise that I loved him so much until the middle of the book. This boy is just so…good. Good to the core. Corrupted by the ones controlling his life. Made into something he doesn’t want to be. But that fact that he thinks about the things he thinks about, and feels guilty about the things he feels guilty about, just adds to his beautiful character. I’ve never had this feeling when reading a book. Wanting to feel bad for a character, but not being able to because of the way that they react. Being able to see what Ender sees and understand what he feels…has filled me with admiration, not pity.
The world that lives in this book kept me up for hours. I tried to put myself in Ender’s shoes, and I ended up sobbing. This child who’s chosen because of something he can’t change, who’s pushed way too far way too many times. A child who loses his innocence and becomes what he hates because of the people controlling his life, messing with his mind. Then I put myself in the other characters’ shoes. What would I do if I were them? If I had to say one thing about this book, it’s that it made me emotional. But emotional in a way that’s different from Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.
To me, this story really brings out the fault in humans and the choices life hands to us. It’s about saving other life from humanity, as well as saving humanity from humanity. It honestly opened my eyes. I always thought of the possibility of other intelligent life-forms. I thought it would be the coolest thing, to be able to communicate with a new species. Even though all of the Sci-Fi books and films made it seem like they would just want to invade us and hurt us. What if we did discover other life-forms, and the same thing happened in real life that happened in this book? Would we even be able to communicate with them if we found them? Have they already found us? It’s and exciting and frightening thought.
Card is amazing at building realistic characters. Every character was so…real to me. From Bonzo to Bean. Especially Peter. It’s hard for me to explain how close I got to these characters. Again, I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The message is truly amazing. And the author knows we’re all going to interpret it in different ways. And that’s the great thing about books, in my opinion. It tells a different story to all of us, while simultaneously telling the same story to all of us.
“Because in the pages of this book, you and I will meet one-on-one, my mind and yours, and you will enter a world of my making and dwell there, not as a character that I control, but as a person with a mind of your own. You will make of my story what you need it to be, if you can. I hope my tale is true enough and flexible enough that you can make it into a world worth living in”. -Orson Scott Card