Throwback Thursday (June 7) – Ender’s Game

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

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Thanks for participating, and we look forward to seeing which books you choose to remember!

For this week, my Throwback is…

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Originally published in 1985, Ender’s Game is the story of Earth following an alien invasion that threatened to wipe out the human race. The humans were victorious — barely — and are now trying to prepare themselves in the event of a future attack. Their strategy? Start training the generals of the future while they are still children, so that when they mature, their military genius will be unrivaled.

Ender Wiggin is one such child. Plucked from his family at the age of 6 to be trained in a Battle School orbiting the Earth, Ender is the military’s best hope for defeating the Formics, should the need arise. Ender’s Game is the story of Ender in Battle School, and a world in which the future of humanity rests on the shoulders of child prodigies.

I have done a full review of Ender’s Game already, so I’ll try to be brief. I love this book mostly because of the way it explores the mind of Ender, and the psychology behind his actions. The sci-fi and alien elements certainly are cool and thrilling, but lots of books are cool and thrilling. I’ve never read another book with characterizations quite like those in Ender’s Game, and maybe that’s because most of the characters in this book are child prodigies. They don’t talk or act a bit like the children in my 6-year-old daughter’s elementary school classroom, but they don’t act entirely like adults or teens either.

Ender’s Game appeals to the part of me that wants a great sci-fi story where things blow up, the part of me that needs suspense and psychological thrills, and the part of me that just enjoys well-written characters. And Ender himself is unlike any other character I’ve ever encountered. If those things also appeal to you, I’d suggest you give it a try.

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9 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday (June 7) – Ender’s Game

    • Well, there’s two options. One is to continue with Ender and read Speaker for the Dead. However, that picks up significantly after Ender’s Game and the only crossover characters are Ender and Valentine.
      Or, you could do what I did and read Ender’s Shadow next, which takes place during the events of Ender’s Game, but from Bean’s point of view. Once you finish that, you will have read the same story twice, from two different characters’ perspectives. And you can decide which character you’d rather follow for now.
      The Shadow sequels are more action-packed and political. The Ender sequels are straight sci-fi and more philosophical. I really don’t think you can go wrong, no matter which order you pick!

  1. This is my husband’s fave, but I’ve only read part of it… Have read other series and stand alones by Orson Scott Card, I’ll have to finally finish this one!

  2. Seriously… I almost picked this book this week! It’s like we’re book twins or something. This is one of the books that helped remind me how much I love sci-fi. I love this book, and the whole Ender’s Shadow trilogy (the sequels to this one get a little too deep for me). Thanks for sharing it!
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