I remember seeing this book in my elementary school library. I would always pass by it because it looked boring or too “sci-fi” for my taste. Why did I choose to read it now? I don’t know. I guess I just felt like stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I did.
After having been attacked by aliens, humans on Earth have been preparing themselves for another assault. The government has started recruiting children to serve in the army, for they believe that the creative and innovative minds of young kids will help them in their goals. And now they have chosen Andrew “Ender” Wiggins; of his two other siblings, he is the one who shows the desired characteristics and is sent to the Battle School out in space. As Ender is put through psychological, emotional, and physical hardship by his instructors, he must decide whether he is truly ready to be the general that the army so desperately needs.
This short summary doesn’t do it justice. This book was amazing. By the time I reached the end, I was in tears. The trials that Ender faces tugged at my heart and the way everything was structured to be like a game was both extremely clever and extremely cruel. I’ve heard that the other books in the series aren’t nearly as good as this one so I haven’t decided if I want to continue reading it or not. If anyone has and can comment about whether I should or not, please do so. For those who haven’t ever explored the science fiction genre, you should definitely read this one because it is amazing and worth every minute!