Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

byOrson Scott Card

Paperback | October 1, 2013


The worldwide bestseller, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card comes to the screen at last in a major motion picture event in November 2013. Starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley, the movie is sure to inspire a new audience of fans to read the book that started it all.

Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who?

Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. He excels in simulated war games. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it?

ORSON SCOTT CARD is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow of the Giant, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender's Shadow, and of the beloved classic of science fiction, Ender's Game, as well as the acclaimed fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Title:Ender's GameFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.19 × 6.09 × 1.01 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765337320

ISBN - 13:9780765337320


Rated 3 out of 5 by from I hate sci-fi I decided to try out sci-fi to see if I would like it and read the famous Enders Game. Definitely not my thing at all. The whole thing is way too unrealistic for me to read it. Without any of that, the character development in this book was AMAZING. You can watch Ender become his person from start to finish and that was truly incredible.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful The money would have looked better in my pocket than the Chapters till. This book was horrible!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! I love science fiction novels because they often draw your attention to societal flaws, but I felt this book in particular was extremely thought-provoking with regards to morality. I couldn't put it down once I started and I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a great sci-fi book Such a fantastic book; a friend recommended this to me and while I was hesitant to read it, I'm glad I did!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Great book! I was hesitant at first because I prefer fantasy more than sci-fi, i am so glad I read it though
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This books is incredible... I didn't bother with it for years, not being a Sci-fi fan, but this book is so well written, it draws you in with an incredibly touching story.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Did not know what I was missing I first read this book in High school over 15 years ago for English class and did not get it then. But I have recently re-read the novel and the correlation between the story and real life is undeniable. Especially for 2017 and what may be to come. The writing and story concept are before its time.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant book One of my favourite science fictions books and the series overall is great.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked the book I liked the book but I am not sure if I will continue reading the rest of the series since I am not much for sci-fi. The book was interesting though kind of slow at certain parts. It was interesting to see Ender grow up and there were some interesting plot twists. #plumpoints
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different This was a very good, but different story. The twists are awesome.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ender Great novel. I really liked the battle games. They really run Ender through the ringer here. Its no wonder he seems a bit damaged by the end of the book.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Speechless, or just about This book... Where do I start... I enjoyed it thoroughly. I saw the movie first. It has book to movie syndrome too. The book is a million times better. I read it in no time at all. It had me hooked. I encourage you to read it if you are interested. It is one in a series of books. I hope you like it. I don't want to give away any spoilers.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Started my love of sci- fi Interesting characters and plot line. Truly one of the classic dystopian books that you should read before you reach 20.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I purchased the book set not long after reading this I was browsing through netflix and came across this story as a movie. I didn't know it was an adaptation of a book so imagine my happiness when I found out that I could have more Ender's Game in my life! I bought a copy for myself and read it in one sitting. I spent hours and hours inside my room reading this story and loving every second of it. Really opened my eyes to the genre of sci-fi.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book is so good it's a little bit infuriating unfortunately, Orson Scott Card has grown into a crazy asshole. But this book remains almost flawless - maybe a tiny bit dry, but it's about military school, so stylish prose wouldn't have fit the tone. The characters are well-drawn and the story is both very very clever and very very realistic. Ignore the movie and read this.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I can see the potential Book was good but didn't interest me enough to continue the series. I hear it's great though!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic i saw the movie and had to read the book. loved it
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, yes, and yes. This guy is brilliant. Genius. His mind works in ways we mere mortals cannot comprehend but in hindsight, everything makes SENSE! The logic and strategy in this book is amazing, and while some ppl don't like the slow-ish moving plot, there is a lot of action to fill up that space, and I repeat, LOGIC! If you get into this book, there's also a whole series that Orson Scott Card wrote that can satisfy your fangirl/boy appetite :)
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This is a really good sci-fi book. I felt that sometimes it got a bit boring and it was hard to follow, but it's still a pretty good read!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite! I love this book, it is more just a kid's story and great to read for any age. However the movie does not fully open the whole story so I suggest to read the book first.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read - and I have read hundreds of various genres I went to see the movie, knowing almost nothing about the story. I loved the film and bought the book directly after seeing the film. Simply said, one of the best books I've ever read. I was hopeful when I realised it had won both Hugo and Nebula awards years ago, but it was the Introduction by the author that created anticipation for the story. The author, Orson Scott Card has a master's degree in literature but wisely chose to "deliberately avoid all the literary games and gimmicks that make fine writing so impenetrable to the general audience", as stated in the intro. I related to his voice immediately and it was easy to embrace the characters in Ender's Game. If you're curious about the story, see the movie first. I wouldn't normally suggest that approach, but it is very satisfying later to have the story fleshed-out in the book. There are three more books in Ender's story and I can't wait to experience them.
Date published: 2013-11-09

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game before the big-screen adaptation, starring Harrison Ford and Hugo's Asa Butterfield, hits theaters Nov. 1." -Entertainment Weekly, 13 Ways to Get Ready for '13"Superb! This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers--a major SF novel by any reasonable standard." -Booklist"An affecting novel full of surprises. Card never makes the mistake of patronizing or sentimentalizing his hero." -The New York Times Book Review