Have you ever gone back and read something you loved as a younger person, only to find that your memory of it was much better than the real thing? Well, I recently reread one of my all-time favorite books out of sheer curiosity, and I thought it was just as great as the first time I read it, back in the mid-80s. I actually might like it more now!
That book is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. It is a science fiction novel that appeals to both teens and adults and it is awesome. The book is about a very young boy named Andrew Wiggin ("Ender") who is taken from his family and sent off to a school out in space.
The school is training possible future commanders of the international fleet that protects Earth and it is that fleet that will fight the "Buggers" in an anticipated third war. The Buggers are an insect-like intelligent species that tried to colonize Earth earlier and fortunately failed. Ender is a brilliant boy, and is found to be particularly brilliant when it comes to the tactics necessary to fight the Buggers. However, Ender's life is also lonely and harsh and he struggles with some of things he has done in the past and still has to do to survive.
The book has a twist toward the end that really surprised me when I first read it and still impressed me the second time around. Even if you don't normally read science fiction, give this a try. It is dramatic, thought provoking and still really great 27 years later.
- Betsey S.