Being a hero of your country is a big responsibility already. What about being the hero of the whole Earth? Their lives are in your hands? Can you imagine how your life is going to when you are to protect the Earth and fight these Formics outside? It’s too much to handle, right?
Meet Andrew Wiggin, or Ender. Like ‘Ender’ the Bender or ‘Ender’ the Finisher. He’s no old man, no adult, and no teenager either. He’s a 6 year old KID, just like any children out there, who is supposed to be enjoying his childhood on Earth with his siblings and playmates but circumstances robbed this from him because he is chosen and sent far away from Earth by the International Fleet [I.F.] for a mission to face and defeat the Formics, to save the world. WHY HIM? Millions of kids are in the earth, why Ender? IT IS BECAUSE HE IS BORN TO BE CHOSEN, TO LEAD, TO BE A HERO.
I never got bored in any part of this book, even though I’ve already read Ender’s Shadow which have the SAME STORY LINE and SAME CHARACTERS but in DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. It gave me a clearer point of what the hell is going on, why Ender is doing this, and this and that. I appreciated Ender’s strong personality and true potential as a commander, he never failed to lead his army and he’s mature in his words and actions. Card make it to the point your emotions stirs in every twist and turn of the story, take for example how the Battle School teachers grind and pushed Ender and his army to their limits [two battles a day, everyday! They are really tired and weary, you can feel it]. It’s infuriating how these teachers used these kids to battle [they trick them – read this book to find HOW] and there’s even NO compassion or love or care shown for these kids [love and care are important for kids these ages]! And what’s more, they are giving these children [i.e., Ender, Bean] a mind set that no matter the circumstances are, be it matter of life and death, there are NO TEACHERS to save you because when they are in the war with the Buggers, yeah, these teachers won’t save you.
“No, you don’t understand. I destroy them. I make it impossible for them to ever hurt me again. I grind them and grind them until they don’t exist.’
– Ender Wiggin
It’s just heartbreaking that they are spending their childhood years like this. With these, most of the time, Ender is lonely and sad, sometimes felt betrayed and weak and wanting to end all this things that are destined for him but of course, he can’t do that, he has to save the Earth and the rest of the human kind.
‘Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it.’– Mazer Rackham
The story would not be complete if Ender is the only character, of course, the other characters have strong points and personalities that showed me how they supported and trusted Ender as they trained to be the best and as they worked together to defeat the buggers. He always have his Dragon Army – Alai, Shen, Petra, Dink and my favorite, Bean [who has his own Shadow’s Series] even though he always thought that he had no friends because they thought of him only as a teacher/commander but he never liked it. Aside from them, he had his sister Valentine who loved him even though he is only a memory [they got separated for many years, how many, I don’t know!]. If you already read this one, it’s touching to know how siblings loved each other no matter how time and space separated them, right? So much for being teary-eyed at the last part of the book.
But overall, I can say that this is the best Science Fiction book of all time.
Book #47 for 2010
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card