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Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 13: A Fictional Book

Published in 1985, this is the only book required by the school system to ever make it on my "I can't put it down" list. I have never been a huge fan of sci-fi but this book (and the movie Gattaca) are two that I thought were awesome.

(Book introduction from the website)Ender's Game is a science fiction novel that tells the story of Andrew Wiggin (nicknamed Ender by his sister, Valentine.) The story takes place on Earth in the future. Earth has been attacked twice by an alien species called Buggers, nearly destroying the human race. Mankind begins training young geniuses to become soldiers and commanders to fight in Earth's defence if the Buggers should ever attack again. Ender is extremely intelligent, and at the age of six years old, he goes to Battle School to be trained. Ender quickly rises to the top in Battle School and begins training in order to command Earth's fleet.

Super Good Book!


Bekah said...

Hmmm, I've never heard of this book, but I will have to give it a try!

His Mercy Endureth Forever said...

I'm not really sure I understand why they have this as a post, since we already talked about "favorite books"! I'm so not into sci-fi, I'm not sure I'm goingt to be able to read this one!

April said...

to anyone who reads this...please pick up a copy of Ender's Game. To Kelly, if you enjoyed this at all, please keep going.

Understand that although this book is technically sci-fi, the author has a strong faith background, and a brilliant political mind. He sees the possibilities of our future in such a detailed way that I marvel constantly at his books. The best part is they are filled with ethical considerations at every turn. In every "future possibility" there is a parallel to choices we must make today and every day. In every scenario we must make decisions today that may or may not lead us to the outcomes we are reading about in Card's books. A great example is looking at the issue of cloning, and genetic modification in its current state, and how it could easily lead to what has happened in the case of Ender's truest friend "Bean"

Please read on, you will not regret it.