Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is the best novel I’ve ever read. Hands down. No contest.

If you’ve never heard of this best-selling Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Orson Scott Card before, I have two things to say to you. 1) Where have you been? And 2) don’t let the plot description deter you from reading it. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Ender’s Game is about an army of kids who are recruited to save the earth from an alien race of giant bugs.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Army of kids? Giant bugs?? Sounds cheesy, right? Or you might not be all that into the science fiction genre. Here’s the cool thing – it doesn’t matter.

The story is so engaging and well written, that even if you aren’t into sci-fi or child protagonists, you will find yourself immersed in this novel from the very first chapter. And as for the giant bugs, they actually turn out to be a very complex (and non-cheesy) race of beings.

If you’ve read this book before, consider revisiting it with the audio version. It’s fun to experience and discuss well-loved stories with friends or family through books on CD. Since my husband’s reading time is taken up by lengthy technical manuals, I like to share my favorite books with him in audio form in the car or on walks.

This is especially rewarding when we do it with books that are about to be made into movies. (There is talk that a script for Ender’s Game is currently in the works.)

Following is a very brief excerpt.

“The monitor lady smiled very nicely and tousled his hair and said, ‘Andrew, I suppose by now you’re just absolutely sick of having that horrid monitor. Well, I have good news for you. That monitor is going to come out today. We’re going to take it right out, and it won’t hurt a bit.’

Ender nodded. It was a lie, of course, that it wouldn’t hurt a bit. But since adults always said it when it was going to hurt, he could count on that statement as an accurate prediction of the future. Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.”

You can read a longer excerpt at the Barnes and Nobles site.

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