I found this book in the adult sci-fi section of my library, even though the back of the book clearly states “for ages 10 and up.” I’m not sure what the librarians are trying to say here. 🙂 Also, the back of the book totally spoiled the end for me, so I suggest not reading that if you can help it.
So. In this story our hero is a young boy, whom we meet when he is six and selected to go to something called Battle School. This turns out to be a place where other small children battle each other in preparation for joining armies and fighting bad guys in the future. The people in charge think that Ender’s going to be their savior in fighting some aliens called buggers, so they isolate him from making friends and push him ridiculously hard. He takes it as much in stride as he can and becomes a pretty good fighter-type.
You’d think that would be the story, really, considering how many pages are spent on it, but the actual story happens after that, and in the span of not very many pages. But if I sum up the actual story, I’ll give it away.
That’s pretty much why I’m giving this book a low score; I was interested in the beginning of the book but all of that plot doesn’t really matter to the end except that it gives Ender some experiences to draw on. And then after that, everything happens really quickly and it’s all kind of weird. I didn’t like the bugger fight, I didn’t care for the side plot with Ender’s siblings, and I was incredibly confused by the Giant’s Drink part at the end. Very very confused. I still don’t get it, though I guess I understand what happened now, after consulting the internets. Meh.
Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.