Few authors can grasp a reader and immerse them into a world of deep moral imbalance and fear of outside life forms while still having them feel as though a character is facing similar struggles. Orson Scott Card is one of the few authors who can, and with his brilliant novel Ender’s Game, he creates a universe based on a people who fear aliens, known as the Formic, which had previously tried to take over Earth. In this world, the humans have created an organization known as the International Fleet, or IF, who defends the earth from outside agents at all costs. The IF created a program which searches rigorously for future leaders who would protect and essentially lead Earth to ultimate victory over the Formic. The IF chooses their candidates from an elite selection of innocent, free-willed children. This is where the questionable motives and morals of this scared world begin and certainly do not end.
This book is a fantastic story about a young boy named Ender Wiggin who is put up against insurmountable odds and tribulations by the International Fleet. They do this in hope that he will become Earth’s ultimate commander and will lead the world to victory against the dreaded Formic. Ender has a long journey ahead of him if he hopes to attain this title as a “third,” the third child born of a family in a nation that only allows two offspring. Many readers will find Ender and Ender’s struggles extremely relatable as though they are experiencing the same hardships that he does. One of Card’s main goals when writing this book was to clarify how important the young people of the world are and what they have to over, contrary to popular belief that they are “better seen than heard.” This book is also a philosophical gold mine, dealing with numerous accounts of moral trespasses that can be related to many governmental and daily occurrences today. Overall, readers will find Ender’s Game an engaging tale of a civilization in need of a hero, one they believe Ender Wiggin will become; more than just a story of a boy, this book can also be seen as having countless links to the world today and the impact young people can make.
by Chase Williams