Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Book Review)

endersgameI read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card for the first time a few months ago and the first thing I’ll say is, how did I wait this long to read this book?! I saw the movie when it first came out and loved it, promptly put the book on my To Read list, then forgot about it. Somewhere along the line I started to do some reading / writing research and that included reading the kinds of books that I want to write for inspiration, and this one hit the nail on the head. Ender’s Game is the story of a young boy named Ender who is thought to be the saviour of earth in a war against an alien species. Breed to be the best of the best at war games, Ender is placed into training with other children to learn how to defeat earth’s enemies. The writing in this book was truly inspiring. It is a great mix of dialogue from several different character perspectives, as well as giving you insight into the thoughts of the different characters and their roles within the society. Card is able to weave an intricate description of the world Ender lives in including the way he interacts with the people in his life as well as his environment. I was entranced. If you like science fiction with a bit of dystopian future in the mix,  you’ll like this book. More than just the story, included in the audiobook version I read was a note from the author on the history of the Ender’s Game and how he came to write this story and create the Ender’s Game universe. This was the most fascinating part of the book to me. Getting to hear all about how the seed of the story started as a short story, grew in to a longer one, changed perspective and ultimately ended up as a series of several book was truly fascinating and inspiring. Reading this book gave me the kick I needed to launch myself as a fiction writer, and also showed me that I have so much to learn about the craft of writing.


  1. I haven’t read this book – I always meant to, as I quite liked some of Card’s books when I was growing up…. but there was too much going on with Card in the news when the movie was being made for me to decide whether or not I wanted to actually support him by buying or reading any more of his books… but I have heard that it is very good and one of the essential scifi books.

    1. I didn’t know anything about the controversy until after I had read the book. I’m glad I didn’t because I’m sure it would have coloured my opinion of the story.

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