Monday, August 19, 2013

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last time I read this book was in high school, and I remember liking it then, just as I enjoyed it this time. To be brief, I will just list one pro and one con:

PRO: The political statement/conversations addressed in this book are fascinating. They are subtle enough to blend into the storyline, but you can't read some chapters without stopping and asking what this kind of political environment would be like? How are we getting closer to it today? While I detest Peter, did he benefit humanity or is he the embodiment of why we want to oppose centralized power (dictators)? All good questions.

CON: I have a hard time appreciating the ending. The battle school experience through the final war are great, but then several chapters of self discovery that lead Ender to learn and appreciate the enemy? I know it would be hard, but it is almost like the climax of the story didn't have all of the information. Couldn't those epiphanies have happened closer together? Couldn't Ender have pondered some of the same questions before the final battle? A subjective criticism, I know, but it was a problem for me.