“I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one.”
How to go about writing a review on a book rightfully considered to be a classic (and not just in its natural home genre of Sci-Fi) Well the only way is to treat it like any other book and write out my thoughts on the experience of reading it.
At the age of six Ender Wiggin is being trained to save the world from an alien invasion.
Ender is Battle School’s latest recruit. His teachers reckon he could become a great leader. And they need one. A vast alien force is headed for Earth, its mission: the annihilation of all human life. Ender could be our only hope. But first he must survive the most brutal military training program in the galaxy…
The book, with its page turning plot, action that never lets up and engaging cast of characters works on loads of levels, as an out and out adventure that can be enjoyed by all ages just looking for an entertaining read, watching as Ender battles to overcome the worst the teachers can throw at him, and try and defeat the enemy. But it also works on a more complex and far deeper level, posing many a question.
Attacking a civilisation, based purely on their past actions?
At what point (if ever) is it right for the needs of the many to out number the needs of the few?
Are just a couple of the moral dilemmas you can take away from your reading of this fantastic book, it is possibly (and I do mean only possibly) a little too repetitive in parts, however if one of the marks of a great novel, is how long it stays with you, then this scores with a screaming volley into the top corner!
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