Bookmarks: Science fiction book to ‘end’ them all
“Ender’s Game” is everything a science fiction novel should be. A novel that inspired a specific world, Enderverse, has been a staple of the sci-fi community for the last 25 years. It explores the practical application of leadership, the flaws of humanity and thinking outside of the box. “Ender’s Game” has won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, which are both awards granted to great works of science fiction and fantasy. It has also been turned into a six-part series with a parallel five-part series told from the point of view of a secondary character in the Ender’s series, a 47-issue set of comic books and, finally, a movie.
Ender Wiggin is a boy who was born into a dystopian world of harsh religious division that has been repeatedly attacked by an insect-like race that the human race has nicknamed “the buggers.” The third child of secretly Catholic parents, Ender was commissioned by the government to be conceived. The military had been monitoring the Wiggin family because of the Wiggin parents’ individual potential for great leadership. Hoping to combine these traits, the government required two children – Peter and Valentine. Peter is ambitious but cruel while Valentine is compassionate to fault; she will not allow herself to harm anyone or anything. Ender is the balance between the two. Ender needs endless pushing to finalize his actions, but when he does, entire worlds shake in fear of what he is capable of.
“Ender’s Game” is more than just a story about a boy who fights aliens in space. It also is not in any way similar to the movie “Starship Troopers,” or anything else relevant to fighting bug-like aliens. “Ender’s Game” is about knowing the boundaries of your own humanity amd how far you are willing to go in comparison to how far a planet requires. In the novel, the government takes children away from their families at the age of six and brings them to Battle School.
Battle School is a space center specifically designed to train kids to be military combatants. By taking kids at such a young age, Battle School teachers and military personnel can use the creativity of children to come to an unorthodox solution to defeating the alien enemy.
The ultimate message of “Ender’s Game” is to take a deep look at leadership, humanity and your choices. Being a hero means knowing what you face, and being able to live with your actions and those subsequent results.