This post is spoiler free. Having never read Ender’s Game until two weeks ago, I was thrilled when Katie, my dear wife, surprised me with a copy of the book just before Christmas. She has a wonderful habit of buying books for me that she thinks I’ll enjoy, even if there’s no particular occasion.
I expected a fast-paced, satisfying sci-fi novel, and was not disappointed. I realized quickly, however, what had elevated the book to such legendary status. It that was that Ender’s Game speaks to so many people, across so many ages and ideals, all at once. Politics, war, love, government, science, teaching, learning, duty, religion, nationalism: these weighty topics saturate the novel from start to finish, and each is up for trial. Each topic in turn is shown in a disturbing light, and few have any glimmer of hope or goodness left when the book comes to a close.
Without giving away the plot, it can at least be said that Ender’s Game is partly about pushing students to the brink. It’s about dangerously balancing between what happens when they’re pushed to realize their full potential, and when they’re pushed too far.Read on →