Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ender's Game

I am nearly jumping up and down I'm so excited about Ender's Game. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ender's Game and are just going to see it because Harrison Ford is in it. Here's the synopsis.

Ender's Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Publication Date: July 15, 1994

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

My thoughts: 
This novel has such unique ideas and exciting action. Every heart-pounding breath is packed with in-your-face action and character development. I couldn't put the book down. You love and hate all of the characters, including Ender who feels like the victim in every aspect of his life until he starts to take his life in his own hands.  

I am in LOVE with the zero-gravity freeze tag war games. That was my favorite part of this novel. I can't wait to see it on the big screen.

It's been a long time coming. I have listened to super fans beg Hollywood to pick it up and produce it. Like The Wheel Of Time, several have acquired the rights to film the movie, but failed to either fund it or figure out how to film the bigger scenes of the book. So again, I say--I'm so excited about this movie I'm doing a happy dance as I write this. I will be seeing it opening night. 

In theaters November 1, 2013 (This Friday)

Link to Ender's Game on IMDB

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