In Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, 6-year-old child genius Andrew, known as Ender, was tormented by his equally genius older brother and bullied at his school. Then when Ender fights back and wins- brutally- the military school teachers who had been monitering him for years ask if he would like to train as a soldier to fight the alien creatures known as Buggers. Ender accepts, and so begins his life at the academy and his participation in war games against other students. In zero-gravity, Ender must win practice battles with his other child genius “classmates.” But Ender immediately realizes that life at the battle school isn’t as fun as he had hoped. Ender must not only win the academy’s games; he must prove himself to his fellow students, avoid attacks from the jealous, discover the secrets of a virtual game that reads his mind, and realize what his cunning battle school teachers have planned for him. Will Ender discover what kind of person he is deep down, learn to battle the Buggers, and, above all, survive? So begins the tales of the life of Ender Wiggin, an exicting sci-fi adventure that takes place decades in our future and chronicles Ender’s life from age 6 up to age 11. The story includes swearing and minor rudeness, but for those of us who don’t mind the book is amazing! With an exiting plot, complex and memorable characters, and mystery, Ender’s Game is so captivating that you won’t want to put it down! There are also sequels and an additional series titled the Ender’s Shadow series.

Ages: 13-adult

Books: Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, A War of Gifts, Ender in Exile,

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