This science fiction book began tragically. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin was a young boy of six. He was born as a reject, a 3rd. Ender was not supposed to be born. He was born out of defiance of the government, a symbol of rebellion. Since Ender was small and appeared feeble and weak, his peers mocked him and attacked him physically, but Ender fought back. This was his final test. He passed with flying colors. His brother Peter was supposed to be groomed for combat, but instead THEY chose Ender for Battle School. Most of Ender’s fighting spirit he gets from his cruel older brother Peter, but his kindness and sensibility comes from his sister Valentine. He is the best of both of them. A perfect specimen. The military discovers that he is a military genius, fit to command armies.
Ender is promised to return home from Battle School at age 12, but he never gets the chance. Over the next six years, Ender is probed, pushed, and strategically exploited for the sake of humanity. He gets weary of simulations; lines of reality and fantasy become blurred. He is allowed a small break for three months of asylum, where he visits his sister Valentine. This is a ploy to get Ender back into action after he no longer desires to play the games. He remembers why he has been chosen, to save all of humanity from the vicious “Buggers”. In the end, no matter what they throw his way, Ender manages to outsmart his opponent. Ender must find the strength within to conquer his fears and complete his ultimate task.
I saw the poster for this movie two years ago and became frustrated because no one ever told me about this marvelous book. I tried to pick-up this book this summer, but to no avail. I had to put it on hold at my local library for several weeks. It was definitely worth the wait. This book is a science fiction masterpiece; years before it’s time. One of those stories that is timeless. Even though this story was created over 20 years ago it is still relevant today. Children being trained for combat in a world where crisis creates young leaders. Among these geniuses are individuals who forge history by persuading and influencing the elite’s political ideals. The events of this tale are Machiavellian in many ways. It was very detailed and intricately woven from the beginning. I felt empathy for Ender as the weight of the world was literally on his shoulders. I hope that the film does this beloved classic justice!