Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Ender's Saga #1 Ender's Game

Experienced one of those book hangovers here (one of the many)...... amazing, simply amazing. Presenting Ender's Saga #1 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

Here is the summary of the book:

Government drafts genius child Andrew "Ender" Wiggin to defend against alien Buggers, but rejects sadistic brother Peter and beloved sister Valentine. In orbiting Battle School, rigorous military training, skill and natural leadership elevates boy to isolated position, respected by jealous rivals, pressured by teachers, afraid of invasion.

A book way out of its time. Classic SF. First published as a novelette but later serialized into full fledged novels. I know a lot you all had problems with it or the symbolism per say ...... but you have got to admit it is a well written story. And if you go by the book, it is actually Ender's story that makes this work and not the SF part of it.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin. The third of the family. Born in a world at risk from alien invasion 'again'. A highly intelligent child, he never really could fit in with his peers at school. Always one step ahead of them all. But then chance comes when he is pulled from school and recruited into the International Fleet, with his education beginning at Battle School.

Finally among a group of like minded, highly intelligent kids who are just like him..... maybe he can fit in. But that was not to be so. Instead of being looked after and nurtured by from the staff, seniors and peers..... they isolate him. Pushing him, creating circumstances that develop the instinct of survival within him. He is brilliant at what he does, always one step ahead but they don't want him to feel secure in his surrounding. They want hi, to be the best of the best commanders..... All in the name of an intergalactic war that threatens the existence of the planet. All the while completely disregarding the repercussions of such acts on the mind of young Ender.

My word, I know what I wrtie in the review may bot do this book justice at all. And I agree kids, especially those of high IQ and socially awkward do not act the way Ender or the other kids of Battle School do. But this is SF, and a futuristic one.And authors are known to take certain liberties with this also a lot of it maybe scientifically incorrect but this is foremost fiction and it should be taken as such.

That said, you just can't help but be memorized by Ender. His prowess at the games and the way he employs the forces at his command in the Battle room. You also pity him with the way his elders deceive him into being used for their personal goals. He maybe just a child but a look in mind..... he carries than an adult or even a child should. This is the army and Mr. Scott perfectly illustrated the workings of such, the harsh reality and the tough environment perfectly well.

But i'm glad I got to read it because Ender's game is soon coming tot he big screen as a live action film with a string of A-listers - Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfield..... 

"A dangerous game and much more is at stake than winning or loosing..... I highly recommend it"

Genre :      Sci-fi, Young Adult, Dystopia

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: 1st December, 2011

My Copy: from Shoppingwish.in

Rate:              5/5 (It was Awesome)

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