Saturday, 30 May 2015

Ender's Game (Review)

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Title: Ender's Game 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Macmillian
Published Date: 15th January 1985
Rating: 5 Stars
 
Synopsis: The human race faces annihilation.
An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history.
The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program - to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders.
A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster?
This is the multiple award-winning classic ENDER'S GAME - a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival.

Review: There had been a lot of talk about this book so I decided it was about time I picked it up and tried it for myself. And although this book is science fiction it can be so easily applied to our lives as well in general.

I loved Ender and Valentine as characters because they are both smart and intelligent as well as perceptive. I could go on and on in detail about how realistic and yet great their characters were. But as usual, when it comes to great books, I think words are escaping me.

What made this book so great was all its underlining themes. Such as coming to face your true self, that moment when you group and can see what the future holds and knowing you can choose your own path. But there is also the theme of manipulation, of those above you telling you one thing and doing another, making you believe this will happen and then twisting things so it doesn’t. Never knowing what the truth is and what isn’t. There will always be someone with power or someone above you in life, and maybe someone with the possibility of using you how you wish. Ignoring this is one thing, realising it is wisdom and acting on it? That’s something else. And as much as this is a fiction book I think most of what is mentioned here is pretty true to today’s times as well.

The one critique I have with this book is that space is such a broad, well, space! And even if Orson Scott Card didn’t even want to make the setting to broad and get lost in it, the Battle school must’ve been a much larger facility than it was made out to be in the book. I felt like it was really limited to the game room and battle room when we are there. I know this is most of what Ender’s sees, and same again for the second location… but yeah. I thought a bit more could’ve been done there. 

But in general, when it came to this book it left me mind blown. There were so many significant things which had hidden meanings to them, all the characters were AHMAZING and then the plot was... brilliant. And when you get to the plot twist, of course you will be mind blown. Basically because you would never have expected it, like me!

I would recommend this book to obviously, anyone who enjoys science-fiction and any young adult readers as well. Adults included, and those who like books with themes that make you think ;) I’m looking forwards to seeing the movie :D And reading the sequel!

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Olivia's Question: Would you ever want to go to space?

Olivia-Savannah x

34 comments:

  1. Awesome review Olivia :-) And yes, I'd definitely like to go to outer space and like to feel how my body reacts to zero gravity!

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    1. Thanks Aditi! I think I would be too petrified of all that open space, but zero gravity would be so cool!

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  2. I haven't read this book. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! I like science fiction - it's always interesting to see what a writer can come up with.

    I would definitely like to go to space! It fascinates me.

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    1. Yes! Just like in a fantasy, science fiction books also have to have a lot od creativity and well done world building too.

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  3. What a great review. Just recently I put Ender's Game on my list with books to pick up from the library (I am getting a library card next month hopefully)!! I am so excited!
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. Library cards are magical things ^^ I will be here looking forward to what you think when you do!

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  4. Hi, Olivia I had also heard great things about this book and glad you enjoyed it so much. To answer your question, I don't have any desire to go to space right now, but you never know what things in the future may change a person's perspective. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I don't either, and am pretty afraid of space if I am honest. But perhaps in the future ^^

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  5. I've never read this book, but I have seen the movie. Just watched it again last night, as a matter of fact. I may pick it up from the library soon. Happy that you enjoyed this.

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    1. A coincidence! I think the book is much better than the movie, but it is quite a good adaption.

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  6. I wish I could get into this series. I think my problem is, I'm not into the genre. I know i'm missing out, though.

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    1. Well, not every genre is for everyone. Maybe you would like the movie more?

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  7. I had no idea this book was published back in 1985! WOW. I know it's critically-acclaimed but I didn't know it was bordering on classic! I haven't seen the movie of this, mainly because I do plan to read this in the future but since I'm not much of a science fiction reader, I've been pushing it back. I might try this on audio though. Awesome review and the fact that you gave this 5 stars, well, I know I can NOT read this one. Thanks Olivia! :)

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    1. When I first picked it up I was shocked to find it was such an old book as well, but it is a brilliant one. It's a classic that could've easily been written today as well.

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  8. I've heard fabulous things about this one and it's been on my list for a while. I did see the movie, but I know the book is better. Great review!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. I hope you do get a chance to read this one! And you're correct - the book is better.

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  9. I have read this book and I've have seen the movie. Like you said, the book is AHMAZING! I've heard there are some books that tell the story before this book but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

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    1. I am glad you were able to love this one just as much! I have gone and read the sequel of what happens when Ender is older but I have yet to try any that come before this one.

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  10. You do the best reviews Olivia! Oh yes I would love to go to space, what a cool experience it would be :) Hope you have a lovely Sunday x

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  11. I felt like the treatment of the children was a hard part to read but the book was amazing
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. I can understand what you mean - but then again it was hard to see them as children sometimes because their mindset was definitely above the average child. But you're right - they were just children.

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  12. I actually haven't heard of this book, but your review defo. has me intrigued though! Hopefully I can pick this up over at the library, thanks for the awesome recommend <3 Benish| Feminist Reflections

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    1. I'm surprised you haven't heard of this one yet because it is a pretty popular book! You should really check it out :3

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  13. I actually saw the movie of this & I loved it so I started reading the book, but I never got to finish because I had to return it. But I was really enjoying it, I'll definitely pick it up again to finish it! Great review Olivia! :)

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    1. Glad you liked the movie! I hope you do get a chance to finish the book - it's great!

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  14. Awesome review Olivia! I own this book but I was thinking about just donating it because I wasn't sure I wanted to read it anymore. I'm gonna give it another chance. When? I don't know but I will read it :) and I feel torn about going to space. I want to and I also don't want to hahaha

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    1. I hope in the second choice you like it a whole lot more! I can promise it is worth your time. But I know what you mean - I feel the same about going to space.

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  15. The characters and plot sound good in this one. I have been thinking about reading for years

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  16. You know, I've seen the movie and just knew it had to be based on a book. But never looked into it if I was right. I'm not much of a sci-fi reader but will add this to my ever growing TBR list.

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    1. I am glad you now know it was! I hope you like it somewhat even if you aren't a heavy sci-fi reader.

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  17. Awesome review, Olivia. This is one of those buzz books, among many, that I haven't read yet. I have learned that I like sci-fi quite well after actually reading through a few, so I should really make the time for this.

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    1. Yes! I find it pretty hard to keep up with buzz books but I do my best. Seeing as you like the genre this might be one for you. I strongly recommend it!

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