Books We Love Enough to Reread: Ender’s Game

There are some books that I read almost every year. There are some books that I close, wait a moment, and open to read again immediately. These books are in a special category. They are layered and every read brings a new detail to light, shows a new side to a character, changes how you view the relationships.

In honor of those books, let’s start a series. These books will have their own category. If you click the genre, rereadable, you’ll come across a list of these greatest of books.

To kick off the series, we start with Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Some of you may or may not be science fiction readers. Sometimes books are so good that it doesn’t matter.

Ender is six when the book begins. He is incredibly intelligent and lives in a futuristic world where the government is looking for a savior of sorts. The one to save the world. Ender is the third child, a “third,” which is both an honor and a social stigma. It means that the family has shown enough promise to keep having children, hoping for that miracle.

Ender is enlisted into a battle training program on a space station. He is enrolled in different armies within the school. He fights battles and is catapulted to greatness. Ender fights everyone who tries to hold him back, from his evil brother to the school bullies who are prepared to kill him.

This book is almost indescribable in scope and detail and how well you can submerge yourself into a world completely foreign to our own.

During this last read, I found myself reminded harshly again and again of Ender’s age. Only six. I taught kindergarten for a while and tried to picture my students as characters. Engaged in battles and hacking computer systems and influencing world politics. As crazy as it sounds, every word reads as something believable. There are no moments where Orson Scott Card strays to becoming over-the-top or eye-roll worthy. You end up ignoring your family and your job and just want to read for hours. Read until that last word and then you are in that book-limbo where the real world is hard to reenter.

Read Ender’s Game. Comment when you do. Let us know what you think.

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1 Comment

  1. This semester I was in a class on how videogame concepts can be used as teaching tools. One of our assignments was to read Ender’s Game. It was good. Definitely good. I read it straight through and not just because I had to for class. It was just impossible to put down. The only thing is that I didn’t enjoy it at all. You were right, it completely immerses you in a world. But I hated that world and I didn’t like being in it. It was disturbing and awful and somehow made my brain so jumpy that I couldn’t sleep at night. So… that’s what I thought.

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