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Book Summary - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

I’m proclaiming this week Read the Great Books week! I will post summaries of some of the most Googled book summaries and leave a link to my Amazon Affiliates account if you want to grab a copy of those books for yourself. Let’s get started!


(Spoiler alert! There are spoilers in this blog post if you have not read Ender's Game.)



After Shaara's "The Killer Angels," I'm finishing the week with Orson Scott Card's classic sci-fi novel "Ender's Game."


"Ender's Game" is a 1985 science fiction novel written by Orson Scott Card. The story takes place in the future when Earth is at war with an alien race known as the "buggers."

The plot revolves around Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a young genius who is recruited into a military academy to train as a commander in the war against the buggers.


During his training, Ender faces numerous challenges, including peer resentment, pressure to succeed, and the moral dilemma of his actions. Ender's training is brutal and psychological, and the combination of homesickness for his sister and increasing emotional isolation pushes him over the edge.


Ender proves himself to be a brilliant strategist as the game progresses, leading his army to victory after victory. He soon realizes, however, that he has been duped into committing genocide against the 'bugger' race. Ender's conscience is burdened by the revelation, and he struggles to accept the consequences of his actions.


(Spoiler alert!) Ender eventually realizes that the buggers had been attempting to communicate with him the entire time and that they were not the evil monsters he had been led to believe. Ender, distraught over his role in their demise, sets out to find a new home for the bugger race, hoping to atone for his errors.


"Ender's Game" is an engrossing and thought-provoking novel about leadership, morality, and the consequences of our actions. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys science fiction or a good coming-of-age story.


Happy Friday! Cheers!


-ajt






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