Mark’s #21 – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

A classic of science fiction, Ender’s Game is the story  from the far dystopian future of young Ender Wiggin’s training (along with other children) to become an international  fleet commander to defend earth from a third devastating attack of alien ‘Buggers’.   Ender’s training becomes increasingly demanding and difficult, but with each new challenge he manages to rise to the occasion showing himself to be a tactical genius, even as a young boy of 11 years old.

Identified as the only hope left for  the survival of humanity,  Ender too eventually comes to realize the high and heavy calling on his life, regardless of his desire to be just a normal boy.   Along the way, those in charge of Ender’s training push him physically, emotionally, and psychologically to the very edge of total breakdown.

The story is engaging, fast-paced, unique, and unpredictable.  If you like science fiction, then Ender’s Game should probably be on your reading list.

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