On our bookshelf: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card


Originally published in 1985, the novel “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card has become extremely popular over the past few years. Set in a futuristic society where humans are engaged in interplanetary war with an alien race, this story is captivating, exciting, and truly unlike any other.

Most of the novel consists of the humans training groups of brilliant yet extremely young children to be soldiers by using games. Now, when I say games, I do not mean tic-tac-toe  or “Clue” or any other board games. The games used to train the soldiers somewhat resemble capture-the-flag, except for the fact that laser guns, space suits, and even stars are involved. Not to mention, everything takes place in antigravity.

One of these soldiers is Ender Wiggin, the protagonist of the story. Through this child’s surprisingly mature eyes, readers watch the events of the battle unfold, the ruthless training of the toddler to teen soldiers, and the psychological impacts war has on the involved groups.

The novel is a little bit slow in the beginning, but readers who stick with it are likely to find it extremely worthwhile. A film adaptation directed by Gavin Hood was recently released, and though I have not personally seen it yet, I have heard great things about it and plan on going to see it at the theater as soon as possible.

This book won’t leave you disappointed and is definitely worth your time. If you have already read the novel and want to discuss it with other readers, the Seabury Hall Young Adult Book Club is meeting to discuss it after school on Wednesday Dec. 4. in Room 203.