“All is not always as it seems.”
When I began reading Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game, something made me a little skeptical about whether I would like it. I think it was the idea of a six year-old boy pegged as a military genius. I decided; however, that I would just go with it and see what happens, after all, it’s considered science fiction. I stuck with it and enjoyed a great story from a great story teller.
The first third of the novel takes Andrew “Ender” Wiggins from his home to a space school where he is trained in military strategy and impresses his commanders with his intelligence and mettle, in spite of his tendency toward compassion and emotion. I started getting pulled into the story more when Ender’s older siblings, Peter and Valentine, make their own secret plans that intertwine with Ender’s education.
As with much good science fiction, Card, while writing in the early 1980’s, has a grasp on technology and enough foresight to make some amazing predictions about internet use and its influence on world politics.
As I was making my way to the end of the novel, I knew a specific plot line would have to somehow be resolved. As the end got closer, I realized there were not many possibilities left (at least not ones that would work) and took an educated guess as to how the novel would end. I have to hand it to Card for his storytelling techniques that managed to keep me on the edge of my seat reading even when I knew I had figured out what would happen.
I have not seen the recent movie version of this novel and while most science fiction novels make for easy film adaptation, Ender’s Game seems like it would have some difficult sections to take to the big screen.