Ender's Game: Author's Definitive Edition

Mass Market Paperback | July 15, 1994

byOrson Scott CardAs told byOrson Scott Card

not yet rated|write a review

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$9.04 online
$9.99 list price (save 9%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From Our Editors

The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic--the revised, definitive edition, from the bestselling author of Xenocide. Ender's Game is the story of Ender Wiggin, a boy genetically engineered to be a superior military mind, and bred to win Earth's long war with an alien insectoid race by completely destroying their homeworld

From the Publisher

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula AwardsIn 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 candi...

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnsto...

other books by Orson Scott Card

The Ender Quartet Boxed Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind
The Ender Quartet Boxed Set: Ender's Game, Speaker for ...

Mass Market Paperback|Nov 4 2008

$30.79 online$41.96list price(save 26%)
The Swarm: The Second Formic War (volume 1)
The Swarm: The Second Formic War (volume 1)

Hardcover|Aug 2 2016

$26.90 online$36.99list price(save 27%)
see all books by Orson Scott Card
Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.86 × 4.25 × 0.92 inPublished:July 15, 1994Publisher:Tom Doherty Associates

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0812550706

ISBN - 13:9780812550702

Appropriate for ages: 15

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! I'm not always the biggest fan of sci-fi novels, especially those involving aliens and outer space. Henceforth, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. It is an easy read that touches on the sacrifices and hardships faced by an intelligent, young boy who is manipulated by the government. The message and meaning behind the story was insightful. A great read!
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Highly recommend for beginning Sci-fi readers It's a great book. However, from my perspective, it focuses on character and setting development more than creating conflicts, but it has an advantage that the plot will not be too complicated for the beginning Sci-fi readers.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Well written. Enjoyed to the last word. One can really connect with the characters. One finds new tidbits everytime one reads the book.
Date published: 2015-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book A good book looking forward to the next in the series. I thought the writing was a little juvenile however the main character is only 8 years old at the end of the book.
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 to 4 stars It was a nice read. It plays really nicely with the themes presented by Card in the introduction. Its enough to make want to read the 2nd book. The language and literary devices could have been more advanced. I can understand why some people criticize his "writing for a general audience".
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The end is just wtf.. Amazing book though. So much you can dissect about the world of ender's game. Gonna have to think about this for a while
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I love Sci-Fi that opens your mind and makes you ask yourself questions about the grey areas between right and wrong. This book does this within an aggressive military school environment.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor The plot was simple and not very credible. I did not enjoy it. It could have been a good book, but it is not.
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game Ender's Game is wonderful book about a boy who is recruted for training in the battle against the buggers. Ths book shows readers the courage and strength of one boy who will decide the fate of millions...
Date published: 2014-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping book This was a joy to read! Ender is training to save humanity, whether he wants to or not. And it's cool how everything turned out. I must read Speaker For the Dead now.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining.... I really enjoyed reading this book...there were some times when it was predictable. ? But I thought it was well written and kept my attention. I want to read all the stories nownto learn more about all the characters.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game The book is so much better than the movie! The movie version of this story inspired me to read the book. I am so glad I did! If I were you, I would read this book!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This book is a classic
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game Really interesting book. Card shows amazing insight into the future as he writes about Social Media! Much better than the movie!
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Emotional Read I had been meaning to read this book for a while now and after getting a really great deal at bookoutlet.ca (see link below) I had no more excuses to not. I'm glad I did. I knew very little about this book other than many people loved it and it was better than the movie (which I haven't seen either). The book follows Ender during his training, although from time to time diverts back to Earth and follows Valentine (Ender's sister). I enjoyed the break when it did happen. It never felt forced and you didn't lose sight of the main object of the book (having Ender grow up and start the 3rd war). In these breaks you learned more about Valentine and her never ending love she has for Ender, despite feeling sidetracked and maybe even like a traitor. Ender is a 3rd in a world where a 3rd child is not an option. The government sanctioned him in order to create a perfect fighter/commander. My feelings towards Ender, as a character, varied. One minute I felt sorry for him, since he is only a child and was an outcast only for being born as a 3rd and very smart. The next minute I was wondering whether or not he is completely insane and maybe even a psychopath, specifically after a ruthless fight between him and a couple of bullies. There were many times throughout the book that I thought the adults were going too far, pushing Ender past his limits, but then he learns and succeeds and outsmarts them all. This book is an emotional ride, with ups and downs and surprises to no end. The two twists at the end were amazing and unexpected. I am hard pressed to find anything I didn't like about this book. Near the end, I was hoping for more, but in this case it was just because it was a good book and not because the story was lacking any conclusions or felt rushed. I was suprised at how attached I became to this book and how quickly. Despite it being part of a quintet, I feel this can be a self-contained book. It had a begining and an ending. In a sense it does leave it open for the remainders of the books; however, it does not feel as open ended as more recent books do when they plan on continuing a series. I was debating about what to rate it, going back and forth between 4.5 and 5 because I just hadn't obsorbed it all yet. In the end I did love this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who can handle violence between children (although I believe it had way less violence than the Hunger Games!).
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game This book is one of my favorites. Amazing story, loved it. Cant wait to read the other books from the series.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Very good Must read and watch the movie :)
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ender's game well-written could never put it down read the only book in 2 days a new personal best!
Date published: 2014-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius I really like how the Author wrote these characters. This is a very good book. More kids should read this book. It really gets to the heart of the problem between adults and children.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ender and means A very good story with themes of the effects of isolation, genus, intolerance of the unknown (comes clear in the last chapter) and do the ends justify the means.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ender and means Great read and wonderful adventure to get into. The characters of the Wiggin family are complex and captivating. Excited to read the rest of the books to get a better look at the characters.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender and means This book was captivating from the first chapter rendering me unable to put this book down without craving another chapter. If you chose to see the movie first, this book will most definitely be a treat.
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOT JUST A SCI FI I've read the book and have seen the movie. Its more than just a sci-fi, it applies to humanity and issues such as prejudice, war and understanding. The writing and descriptions are perfect and it ends before you even know it. Haven't read the rest of the series because the first book is so good that I just don't want anything to ruin it. If you're unsure read it anyway, because I will be shocked if you don't like it.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Ender’s Game is witty, exciting and has you hooked in from the very start. Thrust into the future, the reader gets snippets of what is going on in the setting but the most vital thing is the buggers: the alien’s that invaded earth twice and almost won. Ender - who is only 6 years old when he is sent off to battle school - has the weight of his entire planet on his shoulders as he is expected to win the last battle. As he grows up in space, training every day of his life, Ender is tested until it seems he will break. But he is the smartest and most capable, no matter what his age, and no matter how many other older soldiers underestimate him. Orson Scott Card was imaginative in describing the games between armies and his writing really pulled me along. The characters are what really make the story. The ending comes before you realize it, and even after the climax there is a nice twist. PROPS TO CARD, he did a splendid job once again. For more review's check out INSUBSTANTIAL by book blog http://insubstanial.blogspot.ca/
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just for sci-fi lovers This novel is excellent. What a fantastic story...however it is the characterization that makes it truly exceptional, there are many characters to both love and hate. Truly a classic that should be read by all, even if you don't think sci-fi is your thing, I think young adults who enjoy the dystopian future theme would very much enjoy this.
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthy of its "Classics" status. If I fail my exams this week, I blame this book. Ah Ender's Game, how you have sat on my bookshelf for over a year before I got to you. You have been so nicely received by the sci-fi community so why did I put you off? BECAUSE I WAS STUPID, THAT IS WHY. My stupidity aside, I hope you guys will still consider this 5-star review to be credible and valid. I'll list off the pros and cons to this novel and you can decide. Pros: An adorable main character. Ender (Andrew) Wiggins was a breath of fresh air from the strong heroine of YA literature. Being a 6 year old at the beginning of the novel, I was completely caught off guard by his maturity and how sneaky he was. The tactics used in the Game. The reason the Hunger Games was interessting to me were soley due to the tactics Katniss used to stay alive, Well, guess what? Ender Wiggins just pretty much kick this Katniss chick's ass. Ender almost reminded me of Alexander the Great or Napoleon and I LOVED IT. Now, I shall move on to the cons: The lack of romance. OMG WHO AM I SUPPOSE TO SHIP NOW? NO DARK, MYSTERIOUS BOY WHO THE MAIN CHARACTER CAN FEEL SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED FOR. Haha, just kidding. I hate crap like that. The lack of romanctic development is one of the best thing about this novel. I find romance takes away from such a masterpiece. Just to be clear, there are no cons to this book. I am just a fool who never listen to others' opinions and it often comes back to bite me in the rear. Joke's on me, I suppose.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Wish Ender's Game Never Ended A classic sci-fi novel. In a future world where Earth has gone to war twice against alien invaders, Ender Wiggin is a 'third', a third child in a two child world. He is also a genius. At age 6 he is taken off-planet to a training post where he will be groomed to be the future battle commandor for the next attack wave against the aliens. The training comes in the form of zero gravity, close combat battles, to virtualreality flight battle simulations. The games are beyond fascinating. Ender is a superb character and the ending of this book really blew my mind. What an excellent twist!!!
Date published: 2012-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ender's Game I received this book as a gift but then wondered how in the world did it go unnoticed for so long! Amazingly believable futuristic settings from the great American science fiction author published in apparently two different times, the second one being the one we read. Modern and contemporary battleship of moral and ethical issues intertwined in an exhilarating story line so entrenched in human condition, a must read. I think it should be incorporated in school itineraries like J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.
Date published: 2012-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! Enders Game written by Orson Scott card was a fantastic book and will intrigue all readers looking for a sci-fi, action, thriller that will keep them asking for more. You will be emersed into a gripping story of courage, bravery and perseverance. Overall a fantastic book I give it a 5\5
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific!!! Ender's Game, written by Orson Scott Card is a must read book for any fan or Science Fiction reader. Based in the far future, a young boy named Ender Wiggin has to overcome all of his fears to end the fight between the humans and the Buggers. With crazy situations and outcomes you could not think possible, this book has it all. From zero gravity fights to commanding fleets, Ender's Game keeps you on your feet and eager for more. Written sensationally for anyone who is looking for an action packed story with brilliant different ideas. Defiantly worth reading. 5 stars, 10/10!
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensational! Ender's Game is a thought-provoking thrill-ride, and most certainly a must-read for all science-fiction enthusiasts. The novel is full of well-defined characters, jaw-dropping reveals and an emotionally gripping overarching plot. This is the perfect book to keep you both on the edge of your seat and constantly thinking about what could happen next. 5/5
Date published: 2012-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great SF book Orson Scott Card's classic SF novel came highly recommended to me (by my cousin and my brother) and the book did not disappoint. While I felt the outcome to the war with the aliens was predictable, the final twist (sorry, not going to spoil it for you) was unexpected and easily opened the door for further Ender adventures, which of course, there are several already. What I really liked was the "Clockwork Orange"-like approach to training the young Ender to become the greatest military genius / strategist the world has ever known. Young Ender Wiggin goes through a labyrinth of "games", some viscious, some intellectual, in creating a warrior capable to defend the Earth from the "evil" alien invaders. And along the way, the boy soldier realizes how little he wants to be the world's saviour and also how little choice he has in the matter. Very interesting, even for an adult even though the book was clearly written for a YA audience. Great SF nonetheless.
Date published: 2011-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1 of my all time faves! Earth was left ravaged and on the verge of extinction from an alien invasion. In an attempt to try and prevent this from happening again, Earths united governments send their best and brightest to an orbiting platform, military school for genius children. It is here Ender Wiggin is sent; this book follows his training and adventures on the way to become the savior?? Who knows, you will have to read it. Orson Scott Card has a definite gift for writing children in extreme circumstances. This is a brilliant and masterful tour de force! This is an amazing book that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. I find myself re-reading this book above all others, just for the joy of it. Ender, Bean, Alai, Hot Soup, Petra, Bonzo Madrid, all characters you wont forget. Couple important notes if you plan to pick this up. DO NOT ask anyone about this book until you finish it (you will know why when you do), also this is the perfect book for anyone looking to try out sci-fi. If you don’t like this sci-fi, the genre might not be for you. SUCK IT ENDER!!!! - Bean
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hard Science fiction 5/5 If you like REAL science fiction this book is for you. This book is a classic written by a genius and creates a world like no other for you to explore. The world the story takes place in is believable and interesting really leaving a lot of room for imagination. This book does have some mature theams but not much however I would say the ideal age range would be 14 and up to fully appreciate the book. Also you would not enjoy the book as it was intended to be enjoyed if you think star-trek is real science fiction.
Date published: 2011-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Sci-fi Ender's Game is one of the best science fiction novels i have read. I can re-read this novel every year and get something new out of it each time. The Novel is on the USMC's reading list for a very good reason. The ability of Orson Scott Card to paint a realistic picture of a militaristic future is uncanny. The novel teaches us about loyalty, strategy and a number of other important issues. impeccably written and endlessly entertaining, it is a solid 10/10.
Date published: 2011-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A game changer Ender’s game is unlike any other story I’ve ever read. It seems impossible because I’ve read a lot of books in my time (I’m not a teen, I just enjoy teen fiction), but with this short novel Orson Scott Card transports us to another world where the manipulation of children is ok which really gets you thinking, don’t we manipulate children every day? In this book, a kid who calls himself ender is taken by the government to be molded and shaped however they want him to turn out. He has no say and every single movement of his is monitored and each stage of his development is calculated. I won’t say more so I don’t spoil anything but I will say that the writing is absolutely enthralling. I read this book in a number of hours, I stayed up all night because I couldn’t put it down. This is a must read. It will change your way of thinking, hopefully for the better. It is not a matter of opinion, this is an amazing book.
Date published: 2011-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Book I had to read Enders Game for my english class in grade 9 and a lot of people hated it but i thought it was awesome. I really don't like reading that much and thought i would hate anything similar to star wars or about space but this book was great. honestly most of the kids in my class just skimmed through the book reading it fast without even finishing it, so they probably didn't like it because they didn't understand most of the story. the whole story line is fantastic i hope they make a movie.
Date published: 2009-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even the second time around I still say "That was good!" I read this years ago in my late teens, I returned to it now late in my twenties and even with the second go around I still say "Now that was a good book" Right from the get go it is a story of a controlling government and the reader experiences the extreme pressures of war, though not from a full grown adult but from a young child. From conception children are engineered to become soldiers in the war between man and "Bugger" ( a hostile alien race which invaded decades before the time in this book and nearly annihilated the human race) Told from the story of a young boy, Ender who in the beginning is only 6 through his military career with brief interludes between a Colnel and Politician. This is very human story with extraordinary circumstance. Through which we can easily identify with the boy, the crisis and technology that could easily be placed in this day and age. Definatly a story to discuss around the dinner table, or during coffee break. I'd recommend this read from teens to adults.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMASINGG!! This book is captivating, energetic, emotional and to sum it up in all one owrd it is pretty much AMASING. You could read this book over and over and over and over an you could never really get tired of it. UNlike most books that are kinda boring and a drag to read in the begining, this book is captivating right from the first word. At first i thought it looked pretty stupid and i didn't want to read it one bit but as soon as i opening it i was thankfull of doing so. It is amasing what the main character, Ender, is able to do in this book, what he's not bale to do, his strngeth and so on and so forth. I am sure that everyone that tries to read this novel will absolutly Love IT !
Date published: 2008-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book With 63 reviews ill keep it short... This IS a great book, and theres no doubt why its considered one of the better sci-fi novels. You dont need to be a 'star-trek' fan to enjoy this novel. Its not about special laser beams or teleporting to unknown lands.... Its about survival on a personal, and global level. I felt the characters were deep, with strengths and weaknesses. The pace of the novel was perfect, there are no slow/boring moments (even when you think it will start to slow down) Theres always something happening that forces you to turn the page
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome one of the best science fiction novels I have ever read
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Bridge for Younger and Older Audiences Rarely in the literary world is a book capable of connecting with many agegroups as this one is. In this book, Ender, a young boy struggles with the loss of his monitor, a device that transmits information back to the Earth Government in their search for the one who will destroy the enemy threat once and for all. These enemies are known as "buggers." However, after an altercation at school - Ender is selected to become a student at the famous Battle School up in space, and he will prove just how special he is. This book is full of the passion of writing. Orson Scott Card wastes no detail in creating the most vivid picture ever for his readers. This book immediately grabs and holds attention from the start to finish. More imporatantly, it speaks to all ages of reader, thus allowing many young readers to bridge the gap between children's and adult literature. This is an excellent gift for a sci-fi reader of any age and it wouldn't be surprising if it turned some non-readers into Ender-a-holics. Thank goodness for sequels!
Date published: 2007-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game This is the first sci-fi book that I have ever read. I only read it because it was what was picked for our book club. I was pleasantly surprised by this this book. It was interesting and held my attention from the first to the last page. I read books from all sorts of different genres and will now be adding sci-fi & fantasy to that list. It's a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a great story!
Date published: 2007-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely Terrible! I thought this book was awful, but perhaps this is because it was purported to be a classic. I found that the book was instead superficial entertainment, totally incomparable to the much greater works of philip k. dick, gibson, herbert or asimov. As entertainment the book was mediocre, and as for inventiveness...well, the "big surprises" were very obvious from the beginning (kill the queen!) and the whole "universe" "crafted" by card was very unoriginal. i put down this book with the same feeling as having walked out of a bad sci fi movie (the poor special effects in this case assume the role of card's bland writing) i should not have paid to see.
Date published: 2007-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "The Enemy's Gate is Down" A great beginning to an awesome series. Although most people see this book as a stand-alone, and many tend to resent the rest in the series because of the change in theme, I do not believe one can deny the thought inspiring elements contained within the entire series. If you decide to read Ender's Game, and you end up enjoying it, I would definantly recommend the rest of the Ender series (unless you have huge problem with story elements that would involve you thinking outside of the box, several references to the metaphysical world, and basically question the reality we live in.)
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Legend of Ender Wiggin Ender is a troubled little boy who grows up in an adult's world, being used and manipulated for his brilliance. He is thrown into the IF - the International Federation where they train him to be a soldier. A commander. And by the time he is nine, he is leading a small force. Ender's Game is about politics, space, aliens and humankind's own creulty. This series seems to be loved by many, and unknown to the rest. In truth, Orson Scott Card has created by himself a unique style of science fiction which goes deeply into the details that so many other writers decide is irrelevant... things like the mind's registration of gravity and misunderstanding of enemy aliens. The writing is sleek and very easy to read, includes sharp minds, plenty of subtext and mature elements to catch older readers, and children and immature dialogue to amuse younger, strong readers. It's a good book for a science fiction fan who hasn't read for some time, and needs a good series to get back into. I reccomend it completely.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Children and War A great coming of age story that comingles military strategy and politics. Ender as the central character embodies the loneliness of childhood and literally bears the weight of the world on his small shoulders. The children of Battle School remind us that often it is the children who fight wars bear most of the costs and the greatest burdens. It's not a pretty story but it is a good one. From the beginning which sets the stage of a world united in the face of an alien threat, to his unofficial brutal test in play ground to get into Battle School, to his induction and subequent rise through the ranks and his victories in the mock wars, to his final test as a general the story is gripping from beginning to end.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Story for Many Audiences This is a great coming of age story that has action, interesting characters and story twists. A number of people in my family have read this and they all think it is an excellent book. The only problem with the book is that it will make you want to read the rest of the books in the series.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenominal Story This story is brilliant! It is amazing to think that the main charecters are children and that any individual, regardless of age is capable of the things that Ender is. It makes you contemplate whether manipulation of a child is acceptable in times of war, and to what extent.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Clever and Satisfying You identify with characters such as Bean, a tiny but brilliant boy and find yourself chosing sides. The end of the story catches the reader off guard, but is clever and satisfying. Even readers who don't normally read sci-fi can find something in this book to enjoy.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gloriously Brilliant I was never much of a Science fiction reader, but this book hooked me and dragged me in. It was riveting, how the characters grew and morphed into your life long friends. It was a book I could not put down; the story pulls you in and does not let you go until the very last page. I recommended this book to some of my friends and they loved, it got great reviews from all. Truly a good book, read it.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pure SCI-FI This book can be enjoyed from several fans of all ages, but I think that tHe people who would like it the most is that are into lots of science fiction, like STAR wars or Star Trek. This book is probabaly 4of5 for most people that have read, you will not regret ourchasing this book, and if you wanna read the other books in the series, this is for sure the best one.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Read To Leave You Thinking This is the story of Ender, a "third" born child in a world where families are limited to two children, Ender is taken aboard an orbiting platform by the military for training to become the best possible general the world can have in the hopes of leading the human race to victory over the "buggers," an insect like race that has already attacked and is anticipated to attack again. On the surface, Ender's Game is your standard cerebral sci-fi that tackles issues of exclusion, childhood, and imperialism all in one. OS Card introduces these among other themes, and leaves you re-examining them within the context of not just the text, but your own experiences, with plenty of room for your own insight to be included. This flexibility within the story makes it truly unique, and allows the reader to, in the words of William Peter Blatty, take out of the story what they take into it. Well written and with dynamic and rounded characters, Ender's Game is truly one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time. It is also a book that left me re-examining many of my perceived values in light of the alternative perspectives provided by Card. All in all, an excellent read.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All about the characters This story is so compelling, one of my favorite novels, and not because the story is something untterly fantastic but because the character development is just so richly developed. I have never identified with a character so deeply as I do with Ender in this book. You can't help but feel the emotions that he goes through. If you really like character development in your books like I so avidlly seek then you must read this book.
Date published: 2006-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If you really love sci fi... Sci Fi at its most mediocre, Card's novel is basically a rewrite of Starship Troopers and every other sci fi novel that has the one alien race of insectoids. His claim that all sci fi books are original and new - as opposed to every other genre that just 'rewrites the one good work' - is simply not true. The big surprise: the Queen! we have to kill the Queen! My god you're right, she's been the brain all along!' is just cliche. Card, just because you invent a new weapon and call it 'dr device' (another brilliant name to join the 'buggers'), doesn't mean you've done anything original. The use of children is the only thing that makes the book anything slightly different, but really, how many teen movies claim to be different because they have one deviance from the stereotype? If you love stargate, star trek, and reading sci fi, this will tide you over between episodes of SG 1. Just don't expect anything more than that.
Date published: 2006-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Prophetic or Pathetic? Ender's Game is poorly written. There are no metaphors, no nascent realistic (ie helpful or insightful) ideas (save for the internet) and the word choice itself is ... well, at a grade 9's level. I find it depressing when I walk into my local Chapters and see this book on a Favourites shelf. I am forced to ask myself, Why would supposedly learned people choose (avid readers ... maybe I extend too much credit here) such garbage. How can Chapters most frequent customers not place Crime and Punishment, 1984, A Clockwork Orange ... etc. A previous reviewer posits that critiques about Orsen's writing miss the point. What other point is there in fiction? Maybe in picture books writing is not paramount, but in novels, I am afraid we are only as good as our pen and dictionary will allow. Ender's game will entertain, but it will not stimulate thought. Choose wisely.
Date published: 2006-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Check out Heinlein's Starship Troopers Ender's Game was riveting--comments about the level of writing may miss the point and speak to one reviewer's expectations, as this work is more seminal (originally published in '85, from a '77 concept) than meaning to be ultra-literary. Concepts of genetic manipulation, spawning from Brave New World and also detailed intricately in Attanasio's classic RADIX (published same year), and military training via super-advanced computerized simulation (now a norm) seem to me to form the focus here, as do inherent criticisms of military training and the general manipulation of children and adults by governments. The very idea that reality can be confused for a video game or a simulated reality is, if anything, more relevant today than ever--Especially prophetic is the exploitation of the internet's anonymity by characters in the story to influence world events. Battle strategies in zero gee? Have to admit that is cool too. Exploiting the psychology of children for use in a desperate war adults can’t win? Pretty interesting. I wouldn't put it in the same category as DUNE, a cross-over I’d recommend to any avid reader of great literature and philosophy or theology, but ENDER’S GAME is, nonetheless, a rip-roaring thought-provoking read, unless one is a hater of the genre. An excellent complement to this book is Heinlein's STARSHIP TROOPERS--I like to think of Card's bug enemy as a tribute, not a plagiarism, of Heinlein’s bugs. STARSHIP TROOPERS is a satirical diatribe against fascism, propaganda and mindless government manipulation, which puts it in the same category as Card’s book. PS I'm 37, and not in Grade 9!
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from perfect for a grade 9 part of the reason i found Ender's Game to be utterly inadequate is because i read it under the impression that it was literature. A friend was very adamant about the book, and described it as better than any kafka, vonnegut or orwell. This is most definitely NOT the case. the book is quite colloquial (not in the good way - vomiting in null gravity wouldn't be fun ), and in many cases quite poorly written. The only attempt at depth would be the similarities between Peter Ender and Valentine, however this is far too obvious - while at the same time poorly developed and portrayed. Peter and Valentine's roles in the book are minimal, we're told how impactive and important they are for Ender more times than we are shown through actual narrative. The so called 'philosophy of leadership' aspect to the story is also just that - a poorly argued essay incorporated into the book rather than an argument that uses the narrative it is employed in to a full literary effect. I've noticed most of these reviews come from grade 7-10 students, and this is no surprise. At this age, Ender's Game would make a good subsitute for Harry Potter - gets kids reading with something easy and entertaining. But it fulfills no more than that. Certainly NOT the next Dickens, nor will it ever be a classic.
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Quasi-entertaining, but lacking - Game Over Orson In a novel where the author introduces the book by claiming there is no good writing in the world, that science fiction is the best genre, and that classics are only read so that enlgish professors can keep their jobs the reader knows not to go farther; He knows to place the book back upon its tempting shelf and move on. For those of us that are impetuous and impatient and, like myself, skim over introductions we are left 50 pages into a black hole (there is no light at the end) but must continue. Having read the book, the ending is far to fabricated and lacks a moment of epiphany, and serves only to sate our unlucky reader's desire to finish what he started. He will, by the end, wish instead he had purchased ... anything, anything else.
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever! orson scott card IS the best author born unto this earth! that is really the only way to describe it there is nothing bad about this book!
Date published: 2005-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic read I've probably read this book 8 or 9 times, in fact I'm sure I've lent it out and lost it more times than I've bought it (?!?) Arguably Orson Scott Card's best piece. Granted the characters continued on, but Enders game speaks of a dark place in all of us, from Peter's overt cruelty to Valentines defiant do-goodness to Ender's final solution, Card touches on the capacity for heroic greatness and foul evilness in all of us, and the fine line between the two. A highly recommended read.
Date published: 2005-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read I've probably read this book 8 or 9 times, in fact I'm sure I've lent it out and lost it more times than I've bought it (?!?) Arguably Orson Scott Card's best piece. Granted the characters continued on, but Enders game speaks of a dark place in all of us, from Peter's overt cruelty to Valentines defiant do-goodness to Ender's final solution, Card touches on the capacity for heroic greatness and foul evilness in all of us, and the fine line between the two. A highly recommended read.
Date published: 2005-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING this is the most amazing book ever. If you hate it there is something wrong with you. They are the greatest books ever. You know the feeling when you start to read a book and never want to stop? this is that. This book should be read by everyone.
Date published: 2005-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!! This book is awesome! I'm on Speaker For The Dead . It is totally awesome!!
Date published: 2005-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ENDER S GAME IT is an amazing book full of mystery, adventure and life theatening teachers. I would read this book because it is the first book to an amazing series
Date published: 2004-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Author Ever OSC is the best author ever, he manages to capture the real things that go on in the human mind, and what really matters to the human race, the little touch of sci-fi adds an element that can be enjoyed even if you don't like sci-fi. The realism in it is just enough to make you able to relate to the characters, yet not enough that you can see it happenning, which puts you on the edge of your seat while reading it. The best book ever written. Bar None, read more of his books.
Date published: 2004-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read My grade seven class was split up into a few groups and assigned books. I was furious when I found out we were reading Ender's Game , as I am not usually a fan of science fiction. When we began the book we were confused, and as much as we discussed, could not seem to uderstand what the other was talking about. Although, around chapter five the book took off and everything suddenly made perfect sense. Ender's Game brought you to a new world, Battle School. What differentiates Orson Scott Card to any other author is his remarkable ability to create developed,characters. I found myself constantly sympathizing for Ender, and immediatly fell in love with Valentine and Bean. However, no character was perfect, and henceforth I was able to relate with many of them, even though they were living in another era. The book to me had deep meaning and symbolism. I realized how easily the human brain can be tricked and played with. Ender's Games is an amazing book, even for those not too crazy about sci-fi. I hope that soon it is considered a true classic, and the name Orson Scott Card will be said in the same breath as Louisa May Alcott, and Charles Dickens.
Date published: 2004-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER! I first read Ender's Game when I was 10, 2 years ago. Since then I have read it many more times and have found deeper meanings in it. i have cried over him parting from Valentine and some other parts and laughed over some as well. I have yet to read Children of the mind, Xenocide and Speaker for the dead, but I look forward to the day when I can. I have reccomended this book to many others and whenever I finish a book and open my mouth to speak my friends know what I'm going to say: It isnt as good as Ender's Game. My nicname is now speaker for the dead. I am very thankful for everything Ender and his battle school friends have done to my life. They have made me a better person.
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Start This is the book that got me to start reading again. Very well paced with developed characters and intriguing situations. It's probably the least deep of the Ender quartet but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable
Date published: 2003-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ THIS BOOK I'll keep it simple, this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. If you want an amazing book to read that you won't be able to put down, read this book.
Date published: 2003-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldnt put it down i absolutely loved it!!!! it was strongly recommended to me, so i took everyone's word for it, and i just love the whole idea of a child genius. the wit of card is also present throughout the book, so it keeps the pages turning. i'm looking forward to reading the others in the series when i get the chance.
Date published: 2003-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its Okay Hi, Im reading this book for my grade 9 class novel. The whole class is reading it, and I find it okay. Well depends what kind of books you enjoy, but if you like star trek, you'll probably like this book, because someone i know loves it because if its likeness to Star Trek Series. That's all...Byee everyone!
Date published: 2003-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great book! This Book was probably the most amazing novel I've read in my life. It was written with such interesting ideas that made me read it over and over again. I give it a five star rating and I think anyone who has read it also, would do the same. Whoever has not read Enders Game should do so very soon, because they are missing out on a GREAT adventure.
Date published: 2002-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank You This book was amazing! One of the staff members at Chapters recommended it to me and I loved it! I find it amazing how they tricked Ender into destroying an entire race of beings. I have only read this book in the series but I'm sure the others are just as good.
Date published: 2002-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I recently picked up this book as novel study for my class. I am 14 and i say that this book is by the far the best written tale i have ever read. Card does a fantastic job mixing the ever developing plot along with well planned character developments and action sequences. I would recommend this book to anyone who has the time to sit down and enjoy a book.
Date published: 2002-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE I chanced upon this book, and after reading the first couple of chapters, I was unable to stop. The plot, the instant involvement, the character draw and attraction are so astonishing, so amazing, that after I had finished the book I was reliving its scenes for the next six months. Never have I been so caught up, so completely involved in a book as this one. Read it. ... I repeat - Read it.
Date published: 2002-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game Indeed This is one of the most amazing and disturbing books I have read in a long time. A book that you will want to read over and over again and once you are done you will have to read the rest of the books in the series. I highly recommend this book to any sci-fi fan!!!
Date published: 2002-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't find better A book, that can't be described in under 400 words. An author, with the mind of a god. Enders game was the book that got me into reading. The way he can tell a story from characters of different ages, just amazes me. When i saw that enders shadow was the last of them all, i got scared about what i was going to read next, cause nothing could be better. But thankfully a new book is being released......Do not buy another book before you buy enders game......and why not buy the rest of the series.
Date published: 2002-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEET!!! This book is the best book I have ever read. I have read it over 10 times and there is always something new that I missed the last time. It is extreemly well written and I recomend it to anybody who likes sci-fi.
Date published: 2001-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a terrifying concept!! The idea that a child could be used as a pawn for mass destruction is almost unbelievable. Yet Card makes us believe, makes it possible to think the impossible. This is my second time reading this book, and I have fallen in love with it all over again!
Date published: 2001-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sci-fi Candy I must say (frankly) that this is the best science fiction book I have ever read in my life. The whole mood of the story is attractive and exciting, the author leaves the reader craving for more. Ender's genetically engineered genius mind earns him a place in battle school, where only the best of the best are accepted. Ender proves to be better than the rest in military tactics and gets promoted to commander to then... well, I could say more, but it would ruin the surprise. I suggest this book to normal readers and sci-fi fans alike, it is guaranteed to please anyone who picks it up to read it!
Date published: 2001-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I hated reading, but after reading this book for a report I have read every book in the series at least 2 times. Orson Scott Card just has some way of bring the story to life.
Date published: 2001-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest sci-fi Book Ever!!!!! I am a science fiction fan and Ender's Game is one of the greatest books I ever read. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Date published: 2001-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game I truly can't stand science fiction... I truly loved this book!! Can't wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2000-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game This is one of the best books I have ever read. Orson Card does an excellent job of bringing the turmoil experienced by Ender to the reader. I've read it some eight or nine times, and it still never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
Date published: 2000-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spell-binding work of a master! I don't normally read science fiction, but Orson Scott Card is a master. Even people who don't appreciate science fiction as a rule (like me), are thrilled with this one. It's a sci-fi classic that has won numerous awards. Although the setting is science fiction, the science fiction elements are more a backdrop for Card's exploration of the human condition. A suspenseful plot about kids and computer games, with an ironic twist at the end completes the package that has spellbound thousands of readers. Contemporary fiction doesn't get much better than this. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2000-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enders Game Ender Game is a breath-taking novel. Excellently written by Orson Scott Card, by my opinion one of our times greatest author, it gives insparation in a revealing way. Enders Game far exceeded my expectations. It protrays a little boy, taken from his home, put into a futuristic military school, and changed into a man, all before his 12th birthday. I highly recommend it. It will change your point of mind. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, Enders Game is one the the 20th centuries greatest books.
Date published: 2000-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I thought this was a great book. There were always new caracters and was always exciting. It was a little complacated, but got easier, depending how interested you were in the book. This book was very interesting and i am continnually looking for sequels to it.
Date published: 2000-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book of a hundred levels Orson Scott Card's, Ender's Games is a touching tale of a young boy who isn't quite aloud to fit in. The forces working against Ender to isollate him are too powerful for a young child to face alone. This fight Ender goes through to find out why he was born as an outcast is truely devistating. Along the way Ender finds friends and foes who add to his isolation and some who help him deal with his problems. Orson Scott Card truley must have had some personal feeling for Ender in this tale as I and no dout most of the other readers must have had. I say 'A book of a hundred levels' because I do believe that this book can be enjoyed by all. I have and will continue to recomend this book to all my family and friends. I rate this book a 5(excellent) on Chapters book review. Excellent job Card, I'm looking forward to read about Ender's continuing adventures.
Date published: 2000-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Card's best I've read a lot of OSC's books and found that this was still the ulimate and best one. I really enjoyed it. Great Science Fiction. I recomended it to a friend who doesn't like Science Fiction- she read it anyway and liked it so much that she bought the whole series.
Date published: 2000-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sci-fi at it's finest Ender's Game is a masterpiece of science fiction, with it's great storyline and deep characters. Not only do you get pulled into Ender's world but you feel what he feels every step of the way. This is one of the best novels I have every read, it made me feel what the character felt. The feeling you get after finishing this book is indescribable.
Date published: 2000-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am Ender Ender's Game is a historic step for children. All of us having been children once, we can all feel the way Ender does. In essence, a child reading the book will be Ender, not just the observer. You can feel what Ender feels, sympathise with him, read him as the buggers read him. Adults pity Ender. Children are Ender. Gifted children, regular children, all youth who read this book will be Ender. Like it or not, children do think that way. It's just a matter of whether or not they want to show you their brilliance. I am Ender. You are Ender. We were all Ender once. All innocent a long time ago.
Date published: 2000-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game This is my absolute favourite novel. I found that Ender, the main character in the novel was intruiguing as well as extremely intelligent, which kept the novel fast paced. The alienation Ender felt was also realistically described. The various twists and turns in the plot also added to a fantastic novel, especially the creative ways in which the boys were trained for battle. After reading Ender's Game I suggest continuing on to read the entire series. With no way to say it better "This is a great read!"
Date published: 2000-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "The best book I've ever read" Absolutely fantastic book! I have never read anything as good! A must-read.
Date published: 2000-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Quite simply, one of the greatest books I have ever read. The book had very few dull points, interesting characters, and a great plot. If you haven't read this book yet, make it your next pick! You will not be disapointed!
Date published: 2000-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game This novel was extremely well written. The story was so captivating and so unpredictable that it made it impossible to put the book down. I look forward to reading Ender's Shadow: A parallel Novel to Ender's Game.
Date published: 2000-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I have read in a long time! This book can be described in one word enthralling, I could not put this book down for one second without regreting that I put it down. I may be wrong but I don't think there is anyone who could not like this book.
Date published: 2000-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic This is a classic. If you haven't read it yet, you're in for a treat.
Date published: 2000-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game Review =) Well, to me this was a very interesting book and I recomend it to any reader. It seems like more of a science fiction book but in the end it seems almost real. Well, I think that anyone looking to read this book should because its definitely worth reading!!
Date published: 2000-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'd give it 6 stars but it will not let me! This is quite possibly the best book in exestence. I don't usually read science fiction novels, but for this I made an exception. It's impossible to put this book down. This is a novel you will never forget, i promise.
Date published: 2000-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game A completely mesmerizing novel. This is my #1 book for a lot of reasons. I enjoy the main character, Ender and I find him believable, his story touched me, the story is writen to be accessable to a large range of reading levels, and I can't get enough of him! I recomend this novel to everyone.
Date published: 1999-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game In this novel, Orson Scott Card has created a masterpiece that will change the way you think about books. No longer will a book be merely a collection of words on paper for entertainment -- from now on, it will be a friend, the best of friends, which you will cherish forever. Mr. Card is a master of storytelling, but his greatest skill is that of creating a deep sense of empathy and identification with his characters. Ender Wiggin, the boy genius who saves the world, becomes much more than that to the reader. He isn't just the military genius for the IF; he is a human being, with hopes and fears, loves and hates, problems and solutions. Everyone who reads the story of Ender will be touched by the duality of his child-like thoughts and adult reasoning. In Ender, there is a bit of us all, and that is what makes this novel such a treasure, to be kept, cherished, and re-read forever.
Date published: 1999-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game A strong story about a kid faced with being the best hope for humanity against an alien foe. Young sci-fi fans will enjoy the dilemmas Ender faces striving for that ideal. A great novel by itself, it also begins a series. But quite frankly, it shouldn't have, as things flatten out beyond this first book. Enjoyable for anyone who ever felt they had big expectations to live up to.
Date published: 1999-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is the best book ever I recomend this book to anyone. Even if you hate Sci-Fi, you will love this book. I make all my friends read this book and they all thank me afterwards. I've read this book more times than I can count. After you read it, Ender's Game will have a place on your shelf forever.
Date published: 1999-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ender's Game...READ IT NOW!!! I was introduced to this book by a friend who claimed it was really good so I decided to check it out. And after reading it, I desagree.. I'd have to say it's...AMAZING!!!. Ender's game, the book that started the ender saga is powerful and insightful, and I can't say enough about it!!! Mr.Orson Scott Card, is at the top of my list! A MUST READ!!!
Date published: 1999-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book This book was recomended to me by a complete stranger in a book store.. If I ever saw him again I'd take him out for coffee and find out every other book he recomends. The best Novel I have ever read(around five times I think now), definitely read it. Even if you go to a library you'll feel so attached to the character you won't want to give it up, might as well buy it now... trust me.
Date published: 1999-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't get much better than this The absolute best book I have ever read. I read the rest of the books that followed Ender's Game and they were just as good. Orson Scott Card is now my favorite author.
Date published: 1999-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, incredible, and moving... This book is a must have! It is very well written and one of the best sci-fi books that I have ever read. I could not put it down till two days later when I finished the book..!! I was so immersed in the book that if someone burned down the house, I would not have known..! I found the characters in the book emotionally engaging, they feel alive. No wonder this book won the Hugo Award...!!!
Date published: 1998-12-20

Extra Content

Read from the Book

ENDERS GAME (Chapter 1)THIRD"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one. Or at least as close as we're going to get.""That's what you said about the brother.""The brother tested out impossible. For other reasons. Nothing to do with his ability.""Same with the sister. And there are doubts about him. He's too malleable. Too willing to submerge himself in someone else's will.""Not if the other person is his enemy.""So what do we do? Surround him with enemies all the time?""If we have to.""I thought you said you liked this kid.""If the buggers get him, they'll make me look like his favorite uncle.""All right. We're saving the world, after all. Take him."The monitor lady smiled very nicely and tousled his hair and said, "Andrew, I suppose by now you're just absolutely sick of having that horrid monitor. Well, I have good news for you. That monitor is going to come out today. We're going to take it right out, and it won't hurt a bit."Ender nodded. It was a lie, of course, that it wouldn't hurt a bit. But since adults always said it when it was going to hurt, he could count on that statement as an accurate prediction of the future. Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth."So if you'll just come over here, Andrew, just sit right up here on the examining table. The doctor will be in to see you in a moment."The monitor gone. Ender tried to imagine the little device missing from the back of his neck. I'll roll over on my back in bed and it won't be pressing there. I won't feel it tingling and taking up the heat when I shower.And Peter won't hate me anymore. I'll come home and show him that the monitor's gone, and he'll see that I didn't make it, either. That I'll just be a normal kid now, like him. That won't be so bad then. He'll forgive me that I had my monitor a whole year longer than he had his. We'll be--Not friends, probably. No, Peter was too dangerous. Peter got so angry. Brothers, though. Not enemies, not friends, but brothers--able to live in the same house. He won't hate me, he'll just leave me alone. And when he wants to play buggers and astronauts, maybe I won't have to play, maybe I can just go read a book.But Ender knew, even as he thought it, that Peter wouldn't leave him alone. There was something in Peter's eyes, when he was in his mad mood, and whenever Ender saw that look, that glint, he knew that the one thing Peter would not do was leave him alone. I'm practicing piano, Ender. Come turn the pages for me. Oh, is the monitor boy too busy to help his brother? Is he too smart? Got to go kill some buggers, astronaut? No, no, I don't want your help. I can do it on my own, you little bastard, you little Third."This won't take long, Andrew," said the doctor.Ender nodded."It's designed to be removed. Without infection, without damage. But there'll be some tickling, and some people say they have a feeling of something missing. You'll keep looking around for something, something you were looking for, but you can't find it, and you can't remember what it was. So I'll tell you. It's the monitor you're looking for, and it isn't there. In a few days that feeling will pass."The doctor was twisting something at the back of Ender's head. Suddenly a pain stabbed through him like a needle from his neck to his groin. Ender felt his back spasm, and his body arched violently backward; his head struck the bed. He could feel his legs thrashing, and his hands were clenching each other, wringing each other so tightly that they arched."Deedee!" shouted the doctor. "I need you!" The nurse ran in, gasped. "Got to relax these muscles. Get it to me, now! What are you waiting for!"Something changed hands; Ender could not see. He lurched to one side and fell off the examining table. "Catch him!" cried the nurse."Just hold him steady--""You hold him, doctor, he's too strong for me--""Not the whole thing! You'll stop his heart--"Ender felt a needle enter his back just above the neck of his shirt. It burned, but wherever in him the fire spread, his muscles gradually unclenched. Now he could cry for the fear and pain of it."Are you all right, Andrew?" the nurse asked.Andrew could not remember how to speak. They lifted him onto the table. They checked his pulse, did other things; he did not understand it all.The doctor was trembling; his voice shook as he spoke. "They leave these things in the kids for three years, what do they expect? We could have switched him off, do you realize that? We could have unplugged his brain for all time.""When does the drug wear off?" asked the nurse."Keep him here for at least an hour. Watch him. If he doesn't start talking in fifteen minutes, call me. Could have unplugged him forever. I don't have the brains of a bugger."He got back to Miss Pumphrey's class only fifteen minutes before the closing bell. He was still a little unsteady on his feet."Are you all right, Andrew?" asked Miss Pumphrey.He nodded."Were you ill?"He shook his head."You don't look well.""I'm OK.""You'd better sit down, Andrew."He started toward his seat, but stopped. Now what was I looking for? I can't think what I was looking for."Your seat is over there," said Miss Pumphrey.He sat down, but it was something else he needed, something he had lost. I'll find it later."Your monitor," whispered the girl behind him.Andrew shrugged."His monitor," she whispered to the others.Andrew reached up and felt his neck. There was a bandaid. It was gone. He was just like everybody else now."Washed out, Andy?" asked a boy who sat across the aisle and behind him. Couldn't think of his name. Peter. No, that was someone else."Quiet, Mr. Stilson," said Miss Pumphrey. Stilson smirked.Miss Pumphrey talked about multiplication. Ender doodled on his desk, drawing contour maps of mountainous islands and then telling his desk to display them in three dimensions from every angle. The teacher would know, of course, that he wasn't paying attention, but she wouldn't bother him. He always knew the answer, even when she thought he wasn't paying attention.In the corner of his desk a word appeared and began marching around the perimeter of the desk. It was upside down and backward at first, but Ender knew what it said long before it reached the bottom of the desk and turned right side up.THIRDEnder smiled. He was the one who had figured out how to send messages and make them march--even as his secret enemy called him names, the method of delivery praised him. It was not his fault he was a Third. It was the government's idea, they were the ones who authorized it--how else could a Third like Ender have got into school? And now the monitor was gone. The experiment entitled Andrew Wiggin hadn't worked out after all. If they could, he was sure they would like to rescind the waivers that had allowed him to be born at all. Didn't work, so erase the experiment.The bell rang. Everyone signed off their desks or hurriedly typed in reminders to themselves. Some were dumping lessons or data into their computers at home. A few gathered at the printers while something they wanted to show was printed out. Ender spread his hands over the child-size keyboard near the edge of the desk and wondered what it would feel like to have hands as large as a grown-up's. They must feel so big and awkward, thick stubby fingers and beefy palms. Of course, they had bigger keyboards--but how could their thick fingers draw a fine line, the way Ender could, a thin line so precise that he could make it spiral seventy-nine times from the center to the edge of the desk without the lines ever touching or overlapping. It gave him something to do while the teacher droned on about arithmetic. Arithmetic! Valentine had taught him arithmetic when he was three."Are you all right, Andrew?""Yes, ma'am.""You'll miss the bus."Ender nodded and got up. The other kids were gone. They would be waiting, though, the bad ones. His monitor wasn't perched on his neck, hearing what he heard and seeing what he saw. They could say what they liked. They might even hit him now--no one could see them anymore, and so no one would come to Ender's rescue. There were advantages to the monitor, and he would miss them.It was Stilson, of course. He wasn't bigger than most other kids, but he was bigger than Ender. And he had some others with him. He always did."Hey Third."Don't answer. Nothing to say."Hey, Third, we're talkin to you, Third, hey bugger-lover, we're talkin to you."Can't think of anything to answer. Anything I say will make it worse. So will saying nothing."Hey, Third, hey, turd, you flunked out, huh? Thought you were better than us, but you lost your little birdie, Thirdie, got a bandaid on your neck.""Are you going to let me through?" Ender asked."Are we going to let him through? Should we let him through?" They all laughed. "Sure we'll let you through. First we'll let your arm through, then your butt through, then maybe a piece of your knee."The others chimed in now. "Lost your birdie, Thirdie. Lost your birdie, Thirdie."Stilson began pushing him with one hand; someone behind him then pushed him toward Stilson."See-saw, marjorie daw," somebody said."Tennis!""Ping-pong!"This would not have a happy ending. So Ender decided that he'd rather not be the unhappiest at the end. The next time Stilson's arm came out to push him, Ender grabbed at it. He missed."Oh, gonna fight me, huh? Gonna fight me, Thirdie?"The people behind Ender grabbed at him, to hold him.Ender did not feel like laughing, but he laughed. "You mean it takes this many of you to fight one Third?""We're people, not Thirds, turd face. You're about as strong as a fart!"But they let go of him. And as soon as they did, Ender kicked out high and hard, catching Stilson square in the breastbone. He dropped. It took Ender by surprise--he hadn't thought to put Stilson on the ground with one kick. It didn't occur to him that Stilson didn't take a fight like this seriously, that he wasn't prepared for a truly desperate blow.For a moment, the others backed away and Stilson lay motionless. They were all wondering if he was dead. Ender, however, was trying to figure out a way to forestall vengeance. To keep them from taking him in a pack tomorrow. I have to win this now, and for all time, or I'll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.Ender knew the unspoken rules of manly warfare, even though he was only six. It was forbidden to strike the opponent who lay helpless on the ground; only an animal would do that.So Ender walked to Stilson's supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs. Stilson groaned and rolled away from him. Ender walked around him and kicked him again, in the crotch. Stilson could not make a sound; he only doubled up and tears streamed out of his eyes.Then Ender looked at the others coldly. "You might be having some idea of ganging up on me. You could probably beat me up pretty bad. But just remember what I do to people who try to hurt me. From then on you'd be wondering when I'd get you, and how bad it would be." He kicked Stilson in the face. Blood from his nose spattered the ground nearby. "It wouldn't be this bad," Ender said. "It would be worse."He turned and walked away. Nobody followed him. He turned a corner into the corridor leading to the bus stop. He could hear the boys behind him saying, "Geez. Look at him. He's wasted." Ender leaned his head against the wall of the corridor and cried until the bus came. I am just like Peter. Take my monitor away, and I am just like Peter.ENDERS GAME. Copyright 1977, 1985, 1991 by Orson Scott Card.