Fiction Friday: Ender’s Game

Happy Friday, fiction lovers! This week, E-N Computers chose "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, originally published in 1985. The book has made a comeback in the last five years, however, with director Gavin Hood's film adaptation.

The book is set in an unspecified point in the future. Ender Wiggin, the main character, is sent to a space station called "Battle School" that orbits the earth. There, he learns to be a commander of a fleet of soldiers gearing up to battle an alien species known as "Buggers".

Wiggin is brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters Battle School. Among the elite recruits, Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. He excels in simulated war games. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it?

Orson Scott Card has written books and essays that span several genres, but he is most well known for his science fiction work. "Ender's Game" and its sequel, "Speaker for the Dead" have won both the Nebula and Hugo Award.

Thank you to the Massanutten Regional Library for providing a summary of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game".