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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

ISBN: 1593974744

Title: Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

Author: Orson Scott Card

KDL Description:


“My staff pick is ‘Ender’s Game’ (audiobook) by Orson Scott Card; Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and others. I love that this is a 20 year anniversary book with a great interview by the author, Orson Scott Card, on the last disk. He provides ‘sage’ advice for wanna-be authors, saying ‘there are only 2 reasons why anyone would want be a writer: if while reading a book, you think it’s an awful book (and you could do a better job) OR it’s such an amazingly wonderful book that the author has left him or herself so totally out of the story, that you want to learn writing from this author!’”
—Laura at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch

Amazon Description:

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.